Comments from Meredith Rhule

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Meredith Rhule commented about Wiltern Theater on Feb 6, 2004 at 1:05 am

Geezzz, you got it!!!

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Meredith Rhule commented about Cameo Theatre on Feb 6, 2004 at 1:02 am

That is a better description…submarine. :) hehehe

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Meredith Rhule commented about Wiltern Theater on Feb 6, 2004 at 1:00 am

Well, Carl may have been there, but another projectionist, who was also an attorney, was there when I was there. I forget his name now. He went on to become business agent in the mid 80s. Later, Kemp was back in and, eventually, Belfor became business agent.

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Meredith Rhule commented about Cameo Theatre on Feb 6, 2004 at 12:56 am

Yea, Chester and Bobby went to the Beverly Center, and I do recall Bobby learning to fix TVs also. I think I had a brain dump there for a minute. Working in the Beverly Center projection room is like working in a maze of tunnels. One projector actually reflects with a mirror down to the floor where another mirror sends the image out to the screen. What the heck is that???

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Meredith Rhule commented about Arcade Theatre on Feb 6, 2004 at 12:48 am

In fact, I think I had worked with Chester more recently at the Beverly Center…well, that is if you call 1998 more recently.

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Meredith Rhule commented about Azusa Foothill Drive-In on Feb 6, 2004 at 12:30 am

I used to love working here, as well as all of Pacific’s drive-ins. My favorite was the Baseline drive-in in San Bernardino.

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Meredith Rhule commented about Radio City Music Hall on Feb 6, 2004 at 12:19 am

I have never seen anything like Radio City Music Hall. Who can imagine a stage on hydrolics either going up and down in three different places, on three different levels or rotating in circles with the Rockettes' legs a-kicking? My lower jaw drops when I go into this place.

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Meredith Rhule commented about Theatre at the Ace Hotel on Feb 6, 2004 at 12:07 am

I am a union projectionist for United Artists theaters on Long Island, NY. Well, we are actually a division of Regal Entertainment Group. Anyway, when I ask other employees where the original UA Theater is, they look at me with confussion. I explain to them where it is and describe what it was like to work there, as opposed to multi-plexes today.

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Meredith Rhule commented about Arcade Theatre on Feb 5, 2004 at 11:56 pm

Was Chester a black guy? Ralph, what can I say? Let’s not forget the rest of the gang. :)

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Meredith Rhule commented about Hollywood Theatre on Feb 5, 2004 at 11:53 pm

It used to be a bear getting into the projection room. You had to slide around a beam to get into it.

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Meredith Rhule commented about Egyptian Theatre on Feb 5, 2004 at 11:48 pm

tee-hee… :)

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Meredith Rhule commented about Port Washington Cinemas on Feb 5, 2004 at 11:47 pm

You should try being the projectionist there in those two smaller rooms. I won’t even classify them as theaters. The ceiling is so low that you have to bend to get around. Gee, what a treasure this place is. HAA!!!

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Meredith Rhule commented about Holly Cinema on Feb 5, 2004 at 11:41 pm

HA! He was a character, well, that is, when he wasn’t reciting Nostrodomus.

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Meredith Rhule commented about Wiltern Theater on Feb 5, 2004 at 11:38 pm

I did relief projection there in the mid 80s. The place is gorgeous, but the pipe organ flutes ran shivers down my back, as if the Phantom Of The Opera would somehow appear. :)

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Meredith Rhule commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Feb 5, 2004 at 11:33 pm

I wonder how Kenny, the recently retired chief projectionist there for those 20 years, is doing today?

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Meredith Rhule commented about Cameo Theatre on Feb 5, 2004 at 11:28 pm

I wonder if Bobby Popita, the regular projectionist there, is still alive today. I used to be his relief in the late 70s. Seems like he was there forever.

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Meredith Rhule commented about Chicago Theatre on Feb 5, 2004 at 11:23 pm

I would get lost trying to find the projection room in that place… shesh

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Meredith Rhule commented about Million Dollar Theatre on Feb 5, 2004 at 11:15 pm

I did relief projection there in the late 70s. That had to be the smallest booth I have ever worked in. And yes, between movies, I had to run that damn spotlight on Isela Vega during her nudie shows. What a rude awakening that was because it was my first job in Los Angeles. Come to think of it, I met my wife there. She was a cashier. Oh well, but we are no longer together. Ahhh, the memories. tee-hee

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Meredith Rhule commented about Holly Cinema on Feb 5, 2004 at 10:59 pm

In the late 70s, I can remember the Holly projectionist, John Oblinger (aka, Steven Gates), the Paramount (El Capitan) projectionist, Bob Seeling, and I would meet almost everynight for a few beers after work. I was the relief projectionist for them as well as every other theater in Hollywood.

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Meredith Rhule commented about Egyptian Theatre on Feb 5, 2004 at 10:49 pm

I had noticed that one person posting here is “paulb.” That wouldn’t by chance be Paul Balbirnie, manager of the Eqyptian Theater, would it? :)

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Meredith Rhule commented about Marina Cinemas on Feb 5, 2004 at 10:25 pm

I remember it being the first theater in Chicago to run film on platters, as opposed to reel-to-reel. Al Wrobel was the business agent for Local 110, IATSE, in those days. Before becoming a projectionist in 1974, I was headquartered out of the Marina for the State of Illinois as a highway accident investigator under Governor Ogilvie. The Marina was the hotest place in town!

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Meredith Rhule commented about UA Lynbrook 6 on Feb 5, 2004 at 10:13 pm

Tell me about it. I just did a double shift there yesterday. Word is, once the cuban restaurant on the property ends their lease, the place will be demolished and rebuilt from scratch. If you drive by, you will notice all the other businesses on the property are vacant. Only the cuban restaurant remains and is holding-up the plans.

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Meredith Rhule commented about Los Angeles Theatre on Feb 5, 2004 at 8:30 am

Was a relief projectionist there in the 70s and early 80s. The place will take your breath away… awesome…

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Meredith Rhule commented about Paramount Theatre on Feb 5, 2004 at 8:21 am

Now I remember, that theater kitty-corner was originally called the Majestic, if I am not mistaken.

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Meredith Rhule commented about El Capitan Theatre on Feb 5, 2004 at 8:11 am

Hollywood Palace is North of Hollywood Blvd on Vine, across from Capital Records.