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So sad to hear. I was a projectionist here from 1980 till 1983.
John, I think National left one or two houses equipped with 35mm, just in case. I worked for an independant who did the same thing when he converted. And at the Count Basie where I am projectionist, we have a christie digital and our 2 simplex reel to reel projectors. I made sure they didnt remove then.
Thanks so much Matt. And Mike, I would go in a heart beat, but I am loading out a religious show Sat till well after 8 pm.
Too bad Im working on the 18th or I would have made the 70 mile trek to the theatre to see The Graduate. It was the first movie I ever saw with my first girlfriend (who sadly passed at the young age of 40 in 2000) and was the very first movie I ran as a projectionist some 39 years ago.
The heading above should be changed to reflect the correct number of screens. It was a quad when it closed. Not sure of when it was divided.
Did not know it was on. Missed it.
Wow, Im feeling a little blue. Decent size screen.
Nice old double feature, kids matinee on the weekend, 2 shows nightly. The good old days.
Thanks. I remember running that film way back in 1982.
Very interesting and sad history of the once great GCC.
Having worked for National Amusements as a projectionist for 20 years, its sad to see this company as a shell of its former self.
Just passed the 44th anniversary of this theatre closing down forever (3/15/71)
I noticed the booth looked dark. No film on this show I guess. Im just thankful my wife got called to work the show since her Broadway show closed in January. This ol projectionist doesn’t have much to do these days. Would still love to see your magnificent booth someday. You guys keep up the good work.
Lets hope for that. Went by it just last night.
Went to the dress rehersal of the spring spectacular last night. It is in a word, “spectacular.” The costumes were awesome, the rain scene was incredible, and the statue of liberty, while I feel is a bit too large, was amazing as well. One downer was the video wall used for the 3D effect as well as other portions in the show, I could see some seams and some squares were brighter than others. (This coming from a former projectionist with over 37 years expeirience) And to be fair I was in the 2nd row from the stage. But otherwise, a job well done and a truely great show. Perhaps the start of a new annual tradition.
I was thinking the same thing as mdvoskin. But in fairness, its still not as bad as the page for the amc rockaway 16. In fairness, movieguy is just passionate about the theatre and I cannot fault him for that.
Thank goodness. Still hope it can be saved.
Matt, it was posted earlier the auditorium is demolishede. Are you saying it still there? Or just the lobby as has been previously posted.
Jack, I use to clean the screens at this theatre. You cant believe what an abortion it is.
Oh yes I remember that popcorn room very well. Thankfully when I worked there the manager put whoever he didnt like or who was under age to work long hours back there. I only did a few shifts back there in my years there.
I passed this drive-in many times on my way to see my best friend up in Shamokin. Such a shame it has been demolished. He worked there a few times in the 80’s.
I cant stand 3D. I was the last projectionist to work at Menlo Park. I started there during Star Wars.
By all means, keep rambling. I do it all the time, having been a projectionist for over 39 years. I had a good friend who worked here in the late 70’s, at the same time I worked at the Menlo Park and Woodbridge Twins. We would always let their staff in for free and they would let ours in for free. Those old theatres and drive ins beat any multiplex of today.
UATC08, I worked on the AMC conversion in Mountainside NJ from end of May to end of Aug 2014. 10 screens. They completely gutted and remodeled the entire place in that time, while keeping at least 4 screens open at all times. Im sure once AMC has their plans finalized, you will see this place redone in 2 to 3 months tops.
theatrefan, is there any link to that show on youtube or somewhere else?