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Tonight on cable channel Viceland, they were inside the abandoned mall, and showed pictures of the inside of the theatre. It showed the old GCC white backed Griggs chairs, the old white formica vending machine wall and candy stand.
Too bad they don’t do this more often.
rcdt55b, that was a complaint of mine when the movie started. The image wasn’t touching the bottom masking and from my seat on the stage left side there was a motor chain bag hanging in the image upper right. The movie looked fantastic. I was under the balcony. I was gonna ask if they shot it to the screen from the booth or in the seating area. You answered my question. Also I was curious, and you certainly do not have to answer, but was it a digital ingest, or……
I thought his funniest story was the one about him and the late Bill Cullen.
I will be attending this Thursdays screening of “Blazing Saddles.” It will be a bit somber after todays news of Gene Wilders passing. It will probably be my only time at the hall this year, as my wife will not be working the Christmas Spectacular this year, her first time not doing it in 9 years. She is working on Cirque Paramour. Gonna miss seeing the Christmas show this year.
And now you know why RHETT52, long time projectionists like myself who cared and gave 110% are no longer employed and why theres no more film. I see these digital downloads at the theatre I do projection once in a while. These kids don’t understand 2:35 or 1:85. If they would print flat or scope you might have a chance. And I love that excuse, that’s the way they sent it. Might have worked in the old days when a print was scratched but no more. The business has really gone down hill the past 10 to 15 years.
I loved the sound of the old film projectors. And in my 37 full time years as a projectionist, I never scratched film, even my 12 years in the adult theatres. I cared for the film and kept my projectors spotless.
I agree with you on all points hdtv267. I might add that as a 40 year veteran projectionist, I personally am not a fan of digital, since it put me out of work 3 years ago, and I could care less about digital imax or laser or anything else. To me its getting all out of control, and going to the movies just isn’t what it use to be. Yes I’m an old fuddy duddy. You can say it.
According to the website, still no showtimes listed. Is it possible this place has been closed for renovations since the early spring??
Wow. A 10 screen theatre lasting only 8 years.
When Clearview use to operate this theatre, I was the screen cleaner for them. I hated going to this theatre as parking was a disaster, especially when I had to haul up cleaning supplies and such. And yes the theatres are on 2 levels, and you cannot get from one to the other. Since I use to go in after the theatre closed, it was sometimes a 2 day trip because if I got onto one level, I couldn’t get to the other one. Was never a fan of this place.
Another one into the dumpster. Really really sad
Always loved your intro up top. A true theatre guy just like myself.
3 years is nothing. The old Amboys Multiplex in Sayreville NJ has been sitting empty for 11 years.
Thanks for posting my uncles photo walterk
walterk, I am trying to co-ordinate with my wife to take one of these tours in the coming months. We shall see.
Admittingly, I completely forgot about this until a friend of mine posted on facebook that he was there. By then it was too late for me to start driving to get there. I would have loved to be there. This was the event I wanted to go to so I could see the renovated theatre.
Anything going on with this place?? Shows, movies etc?
All the photos seem to have been removed
Was in Wildwood yesterday for the first time in many years. The Strand is closed. All retail now. Same for the Ocean Theatre a few blocks down. There is this big water slide attraction where the Shore Theatre once stood. Its so sad. I remember in the 80’s going to all those theatres.
NewYorker64, my wife was one of the many dressers on last years show, which was awesome. (sad to say shes not working it this year, shes the head dresser on Cirque Paramour at the Lyric.) Ive heard nothing but good things about it. She will probably be back for the equally great Christmas show in the fall.
misterrick, I did not know any of the projectionists from the union up there. I only did matinee shows when they couldn’t fill them. The manager when I worked there was a guy named Ralph Siroli, a quite weird little guy. I remember John Monsport from the 80’s. I do agree with ianz, it was a nice little theatre.
A Blue Ale House Resturant is being built into the area near where the screen and stage house use to be.
hdtv267, as much as I love film, having been a union projectionist for 40 years, even I have to admit the film is dead. I didn’t want to believe it 3 years ago when I lost my full time job, but aside from being able to run Hateful 8 in 70MM over Christmas holidays, even now I can see film is dead. Ive come to accept (not mean like) digital, and Ive not seen any laser. So all these people who keep wondering, well keep wondering, because even this old seasoned veteran projectionist can tell you film is dead.
Yes CJ1949 is correct. My father was a projectionist at the Jerry Lewis Twin Cinema in Carteret. Opened on 6/7/1972. That first year was fantastic but as soon as 1973 started, the movie bookings went double feature, prices were reduced and soon payroll wasn’t being met. He stopped getting payroll checks from Network Cinema Corp in March 73 and from then on it was run by an independent. Kind of sad in a way because it was a nice little twin in a great shopping center right off exit 12 of the turnpike.