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Sorry to hear that news; I worked at the Abby from late 1979 to early 1981. The place had really fallen on hard times when I visited a year or so ago.
Simon – active cell phone jamming is illegal in the US.
When I was programming the Lafayette I tried, unsuccessfully, to get TCM involved with our shows several times. I wasn’t looking for any sponsorship money from them, just a little publicity and potential help in securing certain titles.
The opening of the AMC Garden State Plaza 16 effectively killed the Hyway because AMC now had booking clearance over them and the Hyway would not have been able to get the top films any longer.
I am not involved with the Lafayette’s series. I do not believe that would have been Bob Furmanek at today’s show.
Warren – yes, it’s a special digital print (IIRC) that has no music track, just dialog and effects.
Oops, forgot my basic electricity. Thanks, Jeff.
Yes, we removed the platter and put in two projectors back in 2004. It was so that we could run our 3-D film festival in 2004 and so that we could get better prints of the classics, since after the first two seasons, we knew we’d continue to run the films. The projectors were matched (they were a pair that had been installed in the Hackettstown mall theatre), the reflectors were not color matched but were pretty close when first installed. They’ve drifted a bit in the 4 years since.
I can’t speak for the current ownership, obviously, but I doubt they are turning down the lamphouse current. It would cost them more for a tech to come out and do it than they would save in electricity. Those lamps only draw 27 amps.
Not to put to fine a detail on it, but “Big Screen Classics” were run by us this season at the Cedar Lane Cinemas in Teaneck.
The current shows at Lafayette are called the “Town of Ramapo Film Festival” & other various names.
Great news, glad to hear it.
How’d it go? You picked a good movie and you’ve got some nice publicity about the opening, so I hope it’s been a success for you.
Congratulations on the new venue – very cool way to open up.
Thanks, hotwaterbottle. We’ll be back in September for another round at Cedar Lane.
Rhett, please see my posts back on 2/13-14, et al.
You’d be surprised at the objections we received from people (of all ages) to some of the films we showed during our 6 years up at the Lafayette. Had a number of people upset with us and walk out on The Good the Bad and the Ugly, Dr. Strangelove, Superman, Amadeus, Tarzan & His Mate, the James Bond films, and – amazingly – the Three Stooges and Cartoon festival (complaint for that one – “too violent”).
I don’t know how they will run the shows (re: organ, introduction), but I am very happy that they are having a film series up there now for three reasons. 1 – For the seniors who looked forward to the free films. 2 – The paying crowd which we had cultivated over the 6 years of our shows. 3 – For the venue itself, as the worst thing that could happen would be for the place be be neglected by its audience.
Good luck with the show!
Schedule for the Spring “Big Screen Classics at the Cedar Lane Cinemas”:
3/11 – CASABLANCA
3/18 – A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
3/25 – GOLDFINGER
4/1 – BEYOND THE ROCKS (silent film with LIVE organ accompaniment)
4/8 – DR. STRANGELOVE
4/15 – JEZEBEL
4/22 – ON THE WATERFRONT
4/29 – IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD
The website at www.bigscreenclassics.com will be updated with this information over the weekend.
We expect to announce the complete lineup by tomorrow. Just waiting for one final title confirmation to arrive.
Monday’s holiday probably delayed their getting their info out on time.
Universal made the HD transfers shown last year on the various Voom HD channels. How would these transfers compare to the Emerging Pictures transfers?
Wow – that restoration look amazing.
Rhett – the town is unhappy about the loss of the program, for the obvious reason that it was something for them to give to the senior citizens. They had a meeting with the BCG people but, obviously, I don’t know what plans, if any, they made. I’ve heard directly from a number of patrons, some unhappy that we’re not there any longer and some happy that we’re continuing the series regardless of where.
Bolorkay – Thank you for your kind words. We (Big Screen Classics) are not running at the Lafayette any longer because Nelson Page (who ‘owns’ Big Screen Classics as a brand along with myself) is no longer affiliated with the theatre; that’s why we’re bringing the series to one of Nelson’s other venues. There’s no reason that BCG can’t schedule their own film series at the Lafayette.
As of now, they are still using the organ on Friday & Saturday nights with Jeff & John. Nelson also has both organists play at his Cedar Lane and Newton locations every week.
Not every one, but close to it. Thanks.