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markp commented about Loew's Oriental Theatre exterior on Oct 7, 2015 at 6:17 am

Thats something I really miss these days. Movie titles with the stars names on the marquee, and advertizing whats coming next. Most of todays theatres dont even have marquees.

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markp commented about Union County Performing Arts Center on Oct 6, 2015 at 4:12 am

Yes Dave, I met Irv last year. He interviewed me for his new book. Yes Ive had a nice run at many different theatres. I miss it a lot. Digital is just not projection in my humble opinion. The only 2 theatres I have a chance to run film at is here in Rahway and the Count Basie in Red Bank, and they do mostly digital. Im glad you enjoy my posts about the past. I enjoy sharing them.

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markp commented about State Theatre on Oct 4, 2015 at 3:20 pm

Yes Dave, my father was the projectionist that night. He then moved on to the Royal in Perth Amboy until June of 1972, when he and my uncle moved to the brand new Jerry Lewis Twin Cinema in Carteret.

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markp commented about Union County Performing Arts Center on Oct 4, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Dave, Im guessing Grease was a blu ray? And Im hoping to be the projectionist in Nov. Just waiting for the call.

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markp commented about State Theater on Oct 4, 2015 at 3:16 pm

Thank you. So that was the biggest of the 3 and the first one to close.

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markp commented about State Theater on Oct 4, 2015 at 11:16 am

Does anyone know when the other big theatre, the Stanley closed? I remember back in the 70’s all 3 of them may have played double features.

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markp commented about Ritz Theater on Oct 3, 2015 at 11:41 am

Just heard from someone I know who has spoken to the towns structural engieneer, and sad to report that it will be demolished and replaced with a brand new modern structure. At least they tried to save the old place.

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markp commented about Amboy Multiplex Cinemas on Oct 2, 2015 at 7:39 am

Just to clarify, it was a collapsed floor in the lobby, not a ceiling. And there was no planned theatre nearby in 2005 when this happened.

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markp commented about Amboy Multiplex Cinemas on Oct 2, 2015 at 5:19 am

I havent been by it in a few months, but there is a For Sale sign on the marquees. I have said many times this is the perfect sight for a 4 screen drive in.

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markp commented about Screening Zone on Sep 30, 2015 at 6:12 pm

One correction. It was a twin. I know this because I cleaned the screens here in the 90’s when it was open.

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markp commented about Cinepolis Chelsea Cinemas on Sep 30, 2015 at 9:31 am

theatrefan, Im with you on that.

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markp commented about Cinepolis Chelsea Cinemas on Sep 29, 2015 at 6:44 pm

theatrefan, thats exactly what happened in January. When they booked the film they asked if we have 35MM capabilities and when management said yes, we got it. Loved making those changeovers, especially after seeing it in 70MM at the Ziegfeld. We have the same set up for digital with the dvd player, scaler, etc. It is what it is.

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markp commented about Cinepolis Chelsea Cinemas on Sep 28, 2015 at 2:45 pm

theatrefan, I appreciate the compliment. Believe me I wish I was still doing that job. Even at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank NJ where I am the house projectionist, I run all digital. And the house stagehands set it all up. Thankfully when Im on a headset the lighting guy listens to me and tries to make it look classy. And I never close the dowser till everything reads zero. The last 35MM I ran was in January, “Interstellar.” Felt real good.

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markp commented about Cinepolis Chelsea Cinemas on Sep 26, 2015 at 7:11 am

theatrefan, its very easy fix. Whoever is doing the set up in the booth is just placing the cue in the wrong place. Happens when you have people who have no clue about showmanship. In a way Im glad Im out of the business. I was a very proud projectionist for 38 years. I always did my best to make the show look good, even in the days of automation.

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markp commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Sep 24, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Yes mdvoskin, there are some times it cant be helped I guess, especially in this day and age when no one is supporting film anymore. Its really sad.

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markp commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Sep 24, 2015 at 7:25 am

And here I sit with almost 40 years expierience as a projectionist, and I can tell you that no matter what condition the print is in, it can be made to look decent. In my early days working in dollar houses with double features, you always got lousey beat up prints, but I still put on the best I could. Im not being critical, Im just saying, that it hurts how my talents are wasting away while all I get is to run a digital projector, which requires no talent at all. Depressing

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markp commented about Sunrise Multiplex Cinemas on Sep 7, 2015 at 6:01 am

Its sister twin, the Amboys Multiplex in Sayreville NJ is still standing 10 years after closing, slowly rotting away.

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markp commented about Loews Valencia Movie Palace, now the Tabernacle of Prayer Church, hosted a rare tour this summer. on Sep 2, 2015 at 4:52 am

I wish I had known. Would have loved to have gone.

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markp commented about AMC Loews Factoria Cinemas on Sep 1, 2015 at 1:20 pm

I Worked on a reno of an old Loews last summer. Sorry to say it will be AMC looking thru out. We put in new screens, new drapes, new carpet, new concession. You wont recognize it.

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markp commented about Count Basie Theatre on Aug 30, 2015 at 12:15 pm

No problem walterk. And thank you for all your doing with the Ritz. Hope to see you soon.

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Aug 22, 2015 at 2:21 pm

Thanks for telling us how you really feel George, LOL. But serioiusly, I have to agree with you. The hall is a beautiful place and these shows are turning it into a mockery.

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markp commented about Macon, GA's Historic Douglass Theatre Goes Digital! on Aug 21, 2015 at 6:55 am

Nice to see that they kept the 35MM equipment.

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markp commented about AMC Bridgewater Commons on Aug 18, 2015 at 4:27 pm

Wait Im confused. This theatre is of 202/206/22. Essex Green is off 280.

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markp commented about AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 on Aug 12, 2015 at 1:29 pm

As well as a 38 year veteran projectionist like me.

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markp commented about AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 on Aug 10, 2015 at 6:31 pm

Sony/Loews was succesful somewhat in the 90’s at least here in Jersey. As far as I know there are no union projectionists in any theatres anymore. Computers run the show now.