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rcdt55b commented about Clairidge Cinemas on Jun 11, 2007 at 8:05 pm

Yes

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rcdt55b commented about Mattituck 8 on May 13, 2007 at 12:10 pm

Look at the entries for the Greenport theater. It talks about exactly that.

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rcdt55b commented about Sayville Theater on May 8, 2007 at 5:39 am

The tie between Islip and Sayville was severed long ago.

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rcdt55b commented about Rockville Centre Cinema on Apr 30, 2007 at 7:57 am

It’s empty because the landlord wants a ridiculuos amount of money for rent.

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rcdt55b commented about Angelika Film Center on Jan 29, 2007 at 9:51 am

Sam,
You may want to consider the Quad Cinema at 34 west 13th Street. They do these kinds deals a lot. It is a very well run theater with updated equipment. Talk to Eva the head manager there.

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rcdt55b commented about Uptown Theater on Jan 9, 2007 at 10:56 am

I dont think it would have mattered. With xenon bulbs, platters, automations, etc…, I think they would have gotten rid of them anyway.

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rcdt55b commented about Uptown Theater on Jan 9, 2007 at 6:35 am

Been in NYC for 15 years. Your numbers are wrong!

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rcdt55b commented about Uptown Theater on Jan 9, 2007 at 4:10 am

Of course there are people like that in the union Dave, but don’t make it sound like it’s the majority. There are people like that in every job. Also, it was automations and platters that screwed the union. The majority of operators in the union today work their best to put on a good show even while management is trying to get rid of them. I’m not saying that the union dont share the blame but dont put it all on them. Besides, my main point was that you get a better presentation with the qualified union guy in the booth. That claim will never change. It keeps being proven too.
Long island movies…….where is this widespread digital they have been talking about for over 10 years? I keep hearing everyone talk about it coming soon…coming soon…its not coming soon. It is in a handlful of theaters that dont use it that often. They still have problems with it. It will never be as good as film either.
Nice mouth…no more for you…yeah nice reply. Go get your numbers straight before telling everyone how greedy us union projectionists are.

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rcdt55b commented about Uptown Theater on Jan 8, 2007 at 5:56 pm

I am very surprised with the numbers you came up with considering you were a DM. The regular theaters pay nowhere near that amount. Specialty screening rooms like Sony, Universal,etc.. can get that high, but well worth it considering you probably will be running video, film, picture and track, etc…. and where is this overtime? I’ve been in the city for 15 years and never once got OT before or after midnight. 25% matching retirement???????? are you crazy. The city is 19% pension and medical combined. You go add that up and see what it comes out to for a pension. As for the medical, it covers me only. Most of the full time workers I know in other fields have a much better pension and better health coverage which a lot of times includes their whole family. Tell me where the greed is there. Now we move onto holiday double time. It’s time and a half for holidays and that doesnt include all holidays. Most people I know get at least that in their profession. I would love to hear the “and on and on stuff”.
Dave,
your comments can be applied to almost any profession. You have dumb schmucks everywhere. If every manager had a shit list, they should have requested someone else. They dont have to accept just whoever is sent. I’m sure there are wacky stories about people in other professions also. Like I said, it happens everywhere, not just unions. These jobs were never phased out because of unqualified operators. They were taken away because theater owners could save money with unqualified people running the booths. That is the only reason. Why do you think that in NYC they have union guys in on thursdays through sundays? Because they dont want anything going wrong with making up prints on thursdays. They also make most of their money on the weekends. If the union guys are so bad, why not have their “film threaders” do it? Look at the uptown now. Are you going to blame the union because of how fucked up the place is getting? And why do the few “high profile houses” use union operators? Because they know what the fuck theyre doing!!

You look at any industry today. What are they doing? Cutting back. Why? To save money. Are they making any improvments for the customers in any way? No. They dont give a shit about their customers. They want to make as much money as they can. With the theaters, they know enough people dont complain about problems with the shows. When they complain, they give a free pass. Now they come back again and buy more candy and popcorn. So don’t tell me about union greed. Take a look at how the theater chains are fucking everybody going to the movies….

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rcdt55b commented about Uptown Theater on Jan 7, 2007 at 7:35 pm

Depends on many different things. How many screens, type of theater, etc…Anywhere between $10 and $25 an hour. Responsibilities entail anything that has to do with the presentation of the film. Starting with making up the prints to actually showing them. Maintaining the equipment. Adding and taking off trailers. Troubleshooting problems. There is a lot of different equipment in the booth. I would love to see a concession person change a 7000 Watt xenon bulb that can take your face apart if it explodes. Its happened. There are a lot of things people dont know about that projectionists are responsible for. Most people think we just thread the film and push the button.

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rcdt55b commented about Uptown Theater on Jan 7, 2007 at 4:10 pm

The unions arent the ones charging the ridiculous prices to go see the movies. They didnt lower any of the prices when they got rid of the union either. They just lowered their standard of presentation.

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rcdt55b commented about Uptown Theater on Jan 7, 2007 at 11:35 am

This theater WAS a union theater and it is still here. It wasnt until they pulled out the union that the problems began. I didnt hear any complaints before that about presentation issues. Now all of a sudden the complaints start. This isnt just this theater either. Presentation declined when the qualified operators were pulled out.

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rcdt55b commented about Uptown Theater on Jan 7, 2007 at 11:05 am

Thats even more ridiculous than hoffa’s statements.

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rcdt55b commented about Uptown Theater on Jan 7, 2007 at 10:06 am

Any skill can be passed to anyone. The difference is in the training. Not only do you need to be properly trained how to handle film, you need to know how to work the equipment. It’s not a simple job even with a platter and automation. Union training is very thourough. The people running these machines now were taught how to thread the projector and hit the start button and pray that nothing goes wrong. In the meantime, they are scratching print, they dont set maskings properly, they dont focus, they dont check sound levels and worst of all they dont handle film properly. So yes, it can be passed down to someone if they have the proper training. The problem is, you have stupid morons like JHOFFA that dont care about the bad presentations and continue to spend their money without complaining.

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rcdt55b commented about Uptown Theater on Jan 7, 2007 at 10:04 am

Any skill can be passed to anyone. The difference is in the training. Not only do you need to be properly trained how to handle film, you need to know how to work the equipment. It’s not a simple job even with a platter and automation. Union training is very thourough. The people running these machines now were taught how to thread the projector and hit the start button and pray that nothing goes wrong. In the meantime, they are scratching print, they dont set maskings properly, they dont focus, they dont check sound levels and worst of all they dont handle film properly. So yes, it can be passed down to someone if they have the proper training. The problem is, you have stupid morons like JHOFFA that dont care about the bad presentations and continue to spend their money without complaining.

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rcdt55b commented about Uptown Theater on Jan 6, 2007 at 8:30 am

I’m wondering what an idiot like that is basing his comments on. He obviously knows nothing about the projectionists job. Morons like that are the ones that dont complain about the scratched prints and bad presentations. Are you happy spending your 10 bucks or so and another 15 on popcorn knowing that the theater owners removed the projectionist because stupid people like you dont care about real movie presentation? Sounds like it to me.

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rcdt55b commented about Uptown Theater on Jan 2, 2007 at 6:39 am

Unfortunately, They will not get it fixed. The problem is film handling. The so called projectionists that they have now do not know how to handle film. Once they got rid of the union, the presentation went downhill. It will continue to suffer until the place closes.

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rcdt55b commented about Center Cinemas on Jan 1, 2007 at 7:29 am

3 theaters upstairs have DTS. The other upstairs theater has Dolby Digital EX. The downstairs theater has analog stereo.

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rcdt55b commented about Rockville Centre Cinema on Dec 14, 2006 at 7:39 am

Anyone know if this theater is still available??…..Longislandmovies??? anyone???

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rcdt55b commented about Herricks Cinema 4 on Dec 5, 2006 at 6:46 pm

I knew I was missing one. LOL. Thanks Ed.

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rcdt55b commented about UA Cinema 150 on Dec 5, 2006 at 6:42 pm

It was a 35/70 Century projector when I worked there. I think was only one.

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rcdt55b commented about Bellmore The Movies on Dec 5, 2006 at 4:30 am

Both. The union operators became managers so it IS still a union booth.

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rcdt55b commented about UA Cinema 150 on Dec 5, 2006 at 4:28 am

Yes, they had a Christie 35/70 platter. Bobby is still the BA.

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rcdt55b commented about Weirs Drive-In on Dec 4, 2006 at 4:31 pm

Underwent a large overhaul and all new marquee.

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rcdt55b commented about Bellmore The Movies on Dec 4, 2006 at 3:50 pm

Bellemore has a century head and RCA soundhead. 3000Watt Kniesley lamphouse. Christie platter. Smart ModVI no surrounds. They also run video. Also has century on century backup with 1600Watt lamp. They run a lot of live shows too.