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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.
The orchestra does have a solo for about 30 seconds. Santa in the sleigh is right before he flies off to open the 3D scene. Speaking of the Christmas show, I can’t believe the amount of mistakes being made this year on stage. It seems like everyday there is something else. Not to mention the problems with the sets. LOL.
Maybe you should check out a side to side comparison between film and video….sorry…I mean digital. If you are telling me that the digital looks better, then you are a moron. Of course there are many advantages to digital over film but as far as the look is concerned, most people choose film. As far as the economy goes, blame our awesome government. BTW, where is all the digital projection that you are talking about. Sorry, I can’t really talk now anyway. I need to finish this install that I am working on now. All 35MM, no video. Seems like people are still installing 35MM. Nobody seems interested in anything else. I wonder why?
Right, thats why in the 20 years that I have been in this business, I have heard the same thing about how “just a few years down the road…..”. What a joke. Just because its “fresh and new” doesnt mean its better. It will NEVER be as good as film. Like I said, it WILL happen, but not because it is a better product.
I know of a few but they are in the US
I’m sorry but digital cinema has not surpassed film in quality and whoever thinks it has is crazy. I too know Roger. I had worked for him for years. I am still installing equipment, all 35MM. For the last 10 years I have been hearing over and over that digital is just around the corner. Today, I am hearing the same thing. Eventually it will happen, for no other reason than it will save money. It will never be as good as film. I laugh when I go into theaters in NYC and see the digital projector pushed into the corner because they dont use it. It’s too expensive and there are still and always will be too many problems with it. Thats just a fact. If not, why isnt it widespread here. Film will always be number one to me and a lot of people. It will be a sad day when its gone.
Okay, just my two cents here. I myself like the Simplex projectors for many different reasons. First, I just never seem to have to many service calls on them. They just don’t breakdown. I too like the oil bath. The best part about that is you never have to change the oil because it all leaks out anyway…lol…But seriously, I have had to repair way to many Century heads compared to Simplex heads. As far as booth responsibilities today at RCMH and other theaters are concerned, it depends on many things. As a service tech, I do all the oil changes, repairs that can’t be done by the regular operators, and general preventive maintenance. In a lot of the regular theaters, I do more than that because the operators don’t really care that much about it or they feel that they don’t need to do it because their hours are being cut. I am talking mainly about theaters outside of Manhattan.
I only do the service work there on the equipment for the Christmas show. I think CTS does the service for any other film showings. Thats just how they do it now. They consider the Christmas show separate from any of the other events, as far as the booth is concerned. As far as being one of the projectionists there for the Christmas show, there are a lot of adjustments to make with the film. Remember, the sound for all the films that we run do not come from our soundheads. The sound comes from tape run from the sound room. We are synced with them through encoder motors on the soundhead. So there is constant changing of the length of leader we use at the beginning of each film. We start the 3-D projectors about 20 seconds before the music starts. We don’t actually hit the screen for another 7-10 minutes.
Bob, the rear booth has been bricked up. There is nothing visible from the stage anymore.
Warren, my point was that any kind of film shows at RCMH are pretty much coming to an end there.
Vito, video shows are still in the first mezz. The booth is becomming a very quiet place. Projectors 1,4,and 5 were wrapped up in plastic after last years Christmas show. They werent unwrapped this year and probably will never be again. Projector 1&2 in the booth are 35MM only. It sure looks like they may be the original 2 projectors that were in the booth. The serial numbers on the heads are something like 50 and 51. Projectors 2,3, and 4 are 35/70 Simplex. 2&3 are 7000Watt bulbs. 1,4, and 5 are 4500Watt bulbs.
Yes, up until this year, all 5 projectors were used during the Christmas show. Now, only 2 will be used. That will be for the 70MM 3-D. Projectors 1 and 5 have most likely been used for the last time and will never run again. Projector 3 is the main one used for premieres with projector 4 as a back up. Projectors 2 and 3 are used for the 3-D. Pretty soon though, nothing up there will be used. What a shame.
Exactly. Radio City rarely runs film ANYMORE. Very soon you will not see it at all there.
Unless the movies premiere on video, you’re lucky if one film a year runs here.
Vito, the 3-D will still open the show and yes it is still 70MM. It has been changed a bit though. An additional 38 seconds has been added to it. A new scene with polar bears was added. It looks good except is is a bit darker this year. A lot of new scenes have been added to this years show. I have seen them and they are pretty good. Unfortunately, they cut out most of the film spots in the show. The weatherman spot, Marshmallow Moon spot and the nativity crawl is gone. I wouldnt be surprised if next year they eliminate the 70MM.
There is an old drive in located around Milton or Marlboro in New York. We pass it every year. It is overgrown but the buildings are still there. It’s been for lease for a long time.
The new sound system will be finished tomorrow night in theater #2. Also, some much needed projector repairs will start tomorrow. After that, the remaining theaters will start the sound upgrades.
There was a reason for installing the stereo sound in those 2 theaters. Both of the theaters were having issues with the Kelmar mono sound systems. They did take the RGM stereo systems from Oceanside and use them in 1 and 5. Theater 2 will have the installation of a Dolby stereo system completed in about 2 weeks. Then theater 4 is next. As far as the splitting goes, the theater was NOT gutted. Theaters 3 and 4 share the original stage. Theaters 1 and 2 share the original rear. Theater 5 was a store next to the theater. These are definite facts.
I actually passed by there yesterday morning. The lot where the supermarket was has been cleand up. The theater itself is still standing. There was not a lot of structural damage done to the theater itself. Most of the theater damage was done when the firefighters pulled the walls down inside theater #1.
The projectionists at the Uptown are NOT union operators. I know this for a fact.
I am not the one chasing people away. They will see for themselves. It’s a shame too. This was such a great theater.