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markp commented about AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 on Aug 10, 2015 at 11:02 am

theatrefan, you are right about amc and their maintenance. But in fairness, here in NJ, they have recently renovated the Mountainside and Freehold complexes. And as to Al Alvarez comment, yes managers and ushers have been trained, if you can call it that. I always took my job seriously. I would recieve prints from some of those theatres that couldnt even been run. Thats why the push for digital was so strong and put me out of work. IM sorry the guys in NYC sucked. But here in central Jersey we were true professionals. We were just lumped into one big group and pushed out by the big bean counters.

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markp commented about AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 on Aug 10, 2015 at 6:02 am

It was more than likely the xenon bulb had reached its time aqnd needed to be changed. See in the old days a union projectionist like myself would have done it, but the bean counters cant cause they have to worry about getting the money, doing inventory, etc. These days with digital there is no one in the booth. So they call the technician who is also responsible for about 300 other theatres. Such is life in the digital world. I had a great 37 years as a FILM projectionist. Too bad it ended 2 years ago. Sorry your night was ruined.

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markp commented about Fox Theatre on Aug 5, 2015 at 7:42 pm

And now in August 2015, American Signature Furniture is being demolished, and Hobby Lobby is being built.

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 4, 2015 at 2:15 pm

I heard many years ago, and perhaps someone here can confirm it, that the owners of the building want a movie theatre here and years ago wouldnt let Cineplex (I believe) twin it or alter it. If this is the case, then theres hope another chain or operator will come along.

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markp commented about Jerry Lewis Cinemas on Aug 4, 2015 at 12:20 am

Wow, only open for one year.

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markp commented about Grand 16 on Jul 24, 2015 at 2:04 pm

Sorry to say this, but it looks like its getting to the point where its not safe to go to the movies anymore. Too many crazies out there.

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markp commented about Ritz Theater on Jul 12, 2015 at 11:56 am

Yes waltery and you found the old International Projectionist magazine that my father hid, and read many years ago.

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markp commented about Cinemark Hazlet 12 on Jul 10, 2015 at 8:30 am

Went here last night to Minions. Real nice job they did on the remodel. Nice open lobby, with a comfy seating area by the cafe. The electric recliners are awesome. Picture and sound was just right. Finally, sound that wasnt blasting. Definitely going back.

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 25, 2015 at 11:04 am

Yes Mike (saps) I use to open and close the curtain and raise and lower the lights.

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 24, 2015 at 9:05 am

You can learn anything on the internet these days. But if you were like me, then you actually worked with the different formats. During my 39 years as a projectionist, I worked with 16, 35, and 70MM film, 15/70 IMAX, Digital. Aspect ratios of 1.37, 1.66, 1.75, 1.85, 2.25, 2.35, 2.55. Thats about all you need to know back then to put on a good show.

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markp commented about AMC Freehold Metroplex 14 on Jun 23, 2015 at 12:36 pm

I dont have any photos hdtv267, but I know for a fact its been done cause the Mountainside 10 theatre was done at the same time (one year ago) along with the Monmouth Mall 15. Us union stagehands did 90% of the work.

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 21, 2015 at 10:00 am

THeres got to be someone, anyone who has a love of cinema or a ton of money who could take this place over and keep it going like has happened in many other cities around the country. Christ, at this point I wish Tarantino would take it over. At least we know film would always be there.

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markp commented about Blaker Theatre on Jun 20, 2015 at 4:13 pm

Those lines for “Jaws” were quite common. At a drive-in here in New Jersey, police were called to help with the traffic from cars lined up over 1 mile on the side of a two way street.

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markp commented about Reading Cinemas Manville 12-Plex on Jun 17, 2015 at 5:49 am

Having worked in nearby Hillsborough for about 10 years, and following the many floods in Manville from the 2 rivers, this place has always been referred to as 180 in any articles. Perhaps 140 is another store within the retail center.

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markp commented about Carteret Twin Cinema on Jun 15, 2015 at 7:22 am

Was sitting around yesterday while I was at work, and it had hit me that it was 43 years ago that this place had just opened. I remember my dad was the opening day projectionist. I still remember the “New” smell the building had. A great little cinema it was.

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markp commented about AMC Woodhaven 10 on Jun 13, 2015 at 3:01 pm

We did the same thing last summer at the AMC Mountainside 10 in New Jersey. I thought it was weird that they would cklose half the complex during the summer.

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markp commented about Majestic Theater on Jun 10, 2015 at 4:36 pm

I drove by it Saturday night on my way home from an arena gig. Nothing left.

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markp commented about Atco Drive-In on Jun 9, 2015 at 1:28 pm

The Amboys Multiplex, also own ed by National Amusements and on the site of the former Amboys Drive in is also for sale. Our building has yet to be demolished, having closed on May 25, 2005. Also on 39.5 acres.

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markp commented about Lafayette Theatre on Jun 7, 2015 at 12:32 pm

The Basie still has its 35MM connected, (last used 1/13/2015), but we do mostly DCP or Blu-ray as well.

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markp commented about Lafayette Theatre on Jun 6, 2015 at 10:14 pm

Yes, mostly concerts. I wont know till a few days before if its 35 or DCP. I ran it there 3 years ago and it was 35mm. Now, not sure. Will keep you posted.

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markp commented about Lafayette Theatre on Jun 6, 2015 at 2:41 am

Just curious, are you getting a print or DCP ? Im running it on June 24 at the Count Basie Theatre and trying to figure out what I mighy expect

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markp commented about Majestic Theater on Jun 5, 2015 at 5:09 pm

I passed it about 2 weeks ago on my way to NYC on the bus. Gonna seem strange to see an empty lot. Looks like nothing much going on at the Ritz these days.

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markp commented about Union County Performing Arts Center on May 31, 2015 at 5:05 am

Was there as the projectionist last night to run 1927’s Wings on the updated projection equipment. Nice to be back there after 15 years.

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markp commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on May 29, 2015 at 7:59 pm

I think LuisV has a great idea. Now if only the right people would see it.

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markp commented about Middlebrook Galleria Cinemas on May 26, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Drove by this place today for the first time in a long time. The marquee by the highway still bears clearview cinemas on it. So Bow tie never bothered to change it, and now this cine grand outfit hasnt done anything either. I hate to see what the inside of the theatres look like, or what the presentation looks like.