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markp commented about Paramount Theater on Dec 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I would just like to add to what LuisV said. I work as a stagehand at the prudential center. Most times I get parking in the deck next door. But there are times, as was the case a week ago after the Stones concert, that I had to park blocks away on the street. The first time a year or so ago I was nervous about doing this, but now, even at 4 am I felt safe and ok. As far as the Paramount, as well as the Adams and the Proctors, it is truely a shame they are just rotting away. Its too bad years ago when they were building the NJPac that someone didnt just think about saving these structures, which still have more beauty than anything new built today.

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markp commented about Amboy Multiplex Cinemas on Dec 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Yes heather, there is a sinkhole in the lobby in the area of the concession stand. Last time I was in there was in 2006.

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markp commented about Photographer 's project aims to capture "the beauty of projectors and portraits of the people who run them before they’re gone forever " on Dec 15, 2012 at 2:46 pm

I have been a projectionist for almost 37 years now. I am down to 4 days a month in a 6-plex art house in New Jersey with platters. However, I am also the house projectionist at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank NJ which runs film the way it should be, reel to reel.

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markp commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Dec 9, 2012 at 5:05 am

Hi moviebuff. That jaggy grid like picture your describing is probably the first of what will be many complaints in the years to come. Its probably the digital projection, and more than likely something is starting to go, a component or something. As far as 48 fps, you know my feeling as a long time projectionist, if it aint broke, dont fix it. But then again I said the same thing about 35mm and no one listened or cared. Just another in a long list of reasons im glad Im almost out of the business. 4 days a month now is too much for me. Im enjoying stagework at the Prudential Center so much more.

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markp commented about Beach Cinema on Nov 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Does anyone know how this theatre made out after Hurricane Sandy? Any damage? And are they going to be able to convert to Digital projection, or will they fall victim to this senseless transformation.

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markp commented about Teaneck Cinemas on Nov 30, 2012 at 1:54 pm

C SWalczak, Im sure that in the coming months, we are going to see more amd more stories like this, and I can almost guarentee you its all due to the cost of digital projection.

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markp commented about Menlo Park Cinema Box Office Lobby - 1991 on Nov 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm

As much as it pains me to say this, but I, along with my booth partner that worked here till the end was the one who dismantled the boxoffice in the photo, along with the entire theatre. You dont know what a sick feeling I had for those 4 weeks in December 1991.

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markp commented about Morris Hills Cinema on Nov 30, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I remember once in the late 1970’s I had to go get supplies from this theatre and it had a huge chandelier that hung in the lobby and could be seen from rte. 46. The front of the building was all glass.

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markp commented about AMC Loews Menlo Park 12 on Nov 29, 2012 at 9:52 am

Went to see “Skyfall” last night. I must say the place has changed since it was first built, and I was installing the original screens there. My only complaint was how I could hear the movie from theatre 6 so well. (We were in theatre 5). There were 6 other people in the theatre. Of course we did go to the 5:00 show.

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markp commented about Ritz Theater on Nov 29, 2012 at 9:24 am

acherepo, your description is exactly as my father use to descibe it. As I stated, he was the projectionist here for a number of years, till its closing in the mid 60’s. He then went on to work at the State in Woodbridge, and opened the Jerry Lewis in Carteret in 1972, where I learned the trade. My uncle worked at the Majestic in Perth Amboy, and for a short while after the State closed in 1971, my dad worked at the Royal in Perth Amboy.

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 25, 2012 at 5:43 am

Not to be a kill joy by any means, but mhvbear’s comment is exactly the reason why theatres like the Ziegfeld are in danger of going away forever. Brand new movie, just released a few days ago, and less than 100 people in an 1100+ seat theatre.

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 24, 2012 at 9:51 am

rcdt55b, I wish someday, this ol projectionist of almost 37 years could somehow pay a visit and see the projection booth. My wife works the Christmas show every year as a dresser for the Rockettes. I saw the show a few weeks ago, on the 8th. Great as always. I found myself several times looking back up to the portholes. I was 8 rows from the stage. Funny how you tend to do that when your a projectionist.

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markp commented about Forum Theatre Arts Center on Oct 8, 2012 at 9:07 am

Thats an expensive lease. Such a shame. I, along with my father worked as projectionists here in the late 70’s/early80’s.

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 8, 2012 at 8:37 am

Yup. Thats the Clearview I know, (and use to work for).

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markp commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Oct 2, 2012 at 10:24 am

I hear you Bob. Ive always cared too much also, and now look where it got me. A projectionist with 37 years expierience and digital puts me out of work. I miss running film.

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markp commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Sep 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm

It hurts me to hear a great person like Bob have a dissappointing time at any film presentation. I know he gave me many thumbs up when I showed Jaws back in June at the Count Basie. I wanted to attend but was working a concert in Lakewood at the stadium. If my families situation was better I would love to be one of the projectionists here, having 37 years expierience, but my financial situation prohibits me at this time. Best of luck to Rob & Mitchell.

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markp commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Sep 15, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Oh how I wish Giles.

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markp commented about Cottage View Drive In to be replaced with a Wal-Mart on Sep 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Looked like a rather nice drive in. Nice marquee. Sad to see another one biting the dust. Call me old fashioned, but I miss drive-ins, huge old movie palaces and 35mm film. All this progress, you can keep it.

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 31, 2012 at 6:32 am

Now lets hope they actually have someone who knows how to thread 70mm. I last ran 70mm myself back in 1989. Since then all these chains have gotten rid of union projectionists who knew how to do it and replaced them with managers and popcorn poppers. And if they are going to platter it, oh my, take your eye off it for one minute and you can splice the soundtrack backwards and not even realize it. I for one and going to sit back and wait for all the comments here and the Village East theatre page as well once the film starts.

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markp commented about Director supporting efforts to maximize number of 70mm showings of '"The Master" across the country on Aug 29, 2012 at 8:37 am

I must say it is refreshing to see the passion for film here, especially 70MM. As a projectionist for the past 37 years, and who is in his waning days as a film projectionist (6 days a month) I do agree with TerryWade. I last ran 70MM in 1989, “The Abyss” and had show some others prior to that. But those theatres were all union projection staffed, and we all knew what we were doing. As Terry stated half these popcorn kids didnt even do 35MM correct, and that in part is what led to this whole digital fiasco. (Yes I realize there were other factors as well, such as print costs etc.) And as also stated, I think many theatres that had 70MM equipment have probably trashed it all by now. I myself have a pair of Century JJ2 sitting in my mom’s garage, but efforts to find a home for them the past few years have been futile at best. And they came from a theatre that had closed in the early 2000’s so work would be needed to get them up & running again. I hope this can begin a comeback for 70MM. We shall see.

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markp commented about Loew's Victoria Theatre on Aug 27, 2012 at 3:21 am

Ed, somewhere here on CT, I saw an old studio ad someone posted for another theatre from the early/mid 70’s. Under Manhattan I remember was listed Loews Victoria 125th St. Maybe thats how the photographer meant to refer to it?

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markp commented about ArcLight Sherman Oaks on Aug 26, 2012 at 9:57 am

Zubi, if thats progress, then I think I’ll stick with old school.

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markp commented about State Theater on Aug 24, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Even after all these years, I miss this theatre. It was where I saw my very first movie and where my father worked for years till its closing.

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markp commented about ArcLight Sherman Oaks on Aug 24, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Being from New Jersey, this may seem to be a stupid question, but…in the movie “Valley Girl” (1983) they show a Sherman Oaks Galleria at the closing credits. Is this the same Sherman Oaks Galleria, or has it been remodeled or expanded.

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markp commented about Rolling Acres Cinema on Aug 21, 2012 at 10:28 am

I was in Ohio last week visiting, and went by this mall. The entire mall is closed and vacant including the theatre. Only store still in operation is the former JCPenney outlet store.