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The economy does not seem to be affecting ticket sales. I am surprised at how crowded it has been so far. Much better than I expected. BTW, the 3-D film looks better than ever. Judging by the reaction from the audience, which we can here in the booth, they agree.
Bob, the shutter gear actually was replaced. It was also replaced 2 years ago when it stripped during a show. Someone else replaced it then. It was a rubber gear. They installed a fiber gear. When I rebuilt the projector last week, I replaced it with a fiber gear again. I also had to replace some other gears that stripped. That led to changing bearings, the oil pump, and a few other things (while I was in there). As far as running film more, that probably will not happen. Although the exhaust is now much better, they have dedicated projectors 2 and 3 to the Christmas show. They do not want to use them for any kind of film shows.
Well all the work is finally done in the booth. Projector 3 has been rebuilt after stripping gears on the last show of last year. The new motion controller has been installed and FINALLY programmed 100%. We have increased the airflow from the lamphouse exhaust by more than 300%. We have also improved the water flow through the traps. After realigning both lamphouses 3 times, we have improved the light output, although not as much as I was hoping. The final thing we did was steady the picture from one of the machines that was giving us trouble last year. The new 3-D film has arrived. Nothing other than sponsors had changed on the print. Content remained unchanged from last year. After viewing it, we are happy with the repairs that were done. The picture from both machines were rock solid, bright and focus was sharp. Too bad we don’t have an entire 70MM print to run.
Yes, the 2008 Christmas show is here already. From what I have been told, there will not be many changes from last year’s show. We will be in next week to start loading everything in. It sounds like projection will remain the same also. We need to do some repairs in the booth as one of our 70MM projectors had a meltdown on the last day of the show last year. Not to mention the 3D interlock system which literally had a meltdown also. Oh well. It should be a fun week.
Suspiciously defensive? LMAO. I just find it funny that people blame “theater policy” on their own lateness. I was only telling you to give it another try because it is a good theater to see a movie at. I’m not worries about everyone loving the theater. Enough people do. I just find your reasoning lame, that’s all.
I personally could care less if you came to this theater or not. Just don’t make it seem like it’s the theaters fault because you could not get there on time. The policies are here for a reason. People don’t like being interuppted by customers coming in 20 minutes after the movie starts looking for a seat.
It’s a shame you don’t try it again. You are missing a very good movie experience. As far as the policy goes, they are the same policies that keep it a well kept, well running theater.
On that note Vito, when I started in this business 19 years ago, they were saying the same thing about digital…..3 or 4 years….It wil NOT be as soon as people think.
First off, Tom from dolby did a great job with the sound. The main issue they were having was that left and right channels seemed to overpower the dialouge at times. After all their tinkering, they ended up at the original levels.As far as 35MM filling the screen goes, I must totally disagree. With a 75MM lens in the machine, we filled the screen fine. It was the same picture size for 35MM and digital. Like I said, the light level was about 8fl with the 5k lamp. That reading was from the booth so I know it was a bit more from down there. Light readings from the booth with one digital projector with a 6k lamp was about 7fl so we did pretty well with the 35MM. I don’t know why at least the 3rd mezz was not opened for seating.
I agree Vito. Unfortunately, when the new equipment was put in around 1999, it was mainly installed for the 70MM 3D. The 7K lamps would have definitely looked good. The main problem is the fact that they neglected to improve the exhaust. Since then, the exhaust system there has gotten worse. Getting management to fix these problems is difficult to say the least. The main reason it took so long for the tech run, besides setting up all the digital equipment, is because they had audio issues during the tech. They could not agree on left and right levels. In the end, they went back to the original seetings that the Dolby tech set. We did switch back and forth from digital to film during the tech many times. While the digital was brighter, remember that it took 2 machine with 12k output to get it that bright. Yes the digital was in the first mezz. As Peter eluded to, the movie was not good. There were some laughs but not an overwhelming response. Long live film.
Hey Vito. The “Sex” screening was shown in Digital. There were 2 Christie projectors converged. We also had a 35MM back up running a minute behind. The tech run in the morning took over 7 hours to complete. Light readings were not great with one digital projector We were getting 7FL with one 6K lamp. With the 2 converged, we got around 12. The 35mm readings werent too bad considering we had a 5K lamp with a few hours on it. We got a bit over 8FL. The screening ran fine. We never had to switch over to film (too bad). They filled the orchestra. All the mezzanines were kept closed.
This is what happens when you have kids and managers running things. This started a long time ago when theaters started getting rid of qualified projectionists. Don’t worry, D-Cinema is just around the corner…HA!!!!!!
Listen. There will never be a resolution to this issue. It has always been a problem. My problem is the following. If you’re going to use it as a way for people to find it, it won’t work that way. For instance, if you are at the old Floral theater in Floral Park and want to go to the Bellrose there is a problem. People will go west on Jericho Tnpke, pass Little neck parkway into Bellrose. You are then going to tell me that it turns into Floral Park again. Not a good solution.
The theater was quaded in 1998.
That’s funny because it is definitely NOT Floral Park.
You really don’t want to see them
Stating the facts is not encouraging people to stop going. This has been an ongoing issue with the big chain theaters. They just don’t care about the customers.
Dolby stereo. No digital.
Well, the curtain used at the beginning of the wooden soldier scene is actually one of the scrims that we used to project “Marshmallow Moon” in years past. The tour bus was a pain in the ass. The whole front fell off during one show. There were many other mechanical problems during other shows which prevented it from coming out on stage. One time during a turn, it stopped and the Rockettes had to dance around it. During breaks I would here them talking about “another problem with the bus” over the box. It was funny at times. I am hoping also that some of the other projection will return next year. I am pretty sure the 3-D is safe. And as far as filling Bob’s shoes, they are pretty big to fill but I will do my best.
Luis, I’m glad you liked the 3-D. Don’t expect to see the tour bus again next year though. There were problems after problems with it the whole time. I too think it is worth the money seeing. I probably saw it over 200 times this year and I would take my kids to see it. I do miss some of the scenes from previous years though.
Well attendance definitely wasn’t lacking this year. The show did very well. I would definitely spend my money and bring my kids.
You have to realize that most theaters only have a 1.85 and 2.35 plate and lens. It’s very rare that they would have to run 1.33 or 1.66
The organs are not used during the show at all. They are only used for about 5 minutes before the show.
To expand a bit on Bob’s statements, I have found out some more info on the situation. After snooping around a bit, I found out that about every fifth Rockette or so has a mic. So some of their singing is live and some on tape. It’s just not practical to mic every one of them. Also, I don’t think there are as many dancers and singers out there as you think that can do what they do.
Never heard a comment like that before. I have gotten nothing but great reviews about the show. Bob is right. It’s hard to dance and sing at the same time without losing your breath. As far as I know, all of the Rockettes audio is taped now. I personally don’t have a problem with that. I think a lot of the audience knows that they are lip syncing it.