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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.
That was my whole point Howard. The majority of the single screens close because they can’t get the business to stay open. Amc lowering their presentation standards just made it worse. As an audience member, how can you possibly tell what percentage of the audience complains. Also, I have a lot of family, friends and people in my field that live and work near the Uptown. I trust what they tell me. I believe it too. The fact is, the presentation at the Uptown HAS suffered whether you want to admit it or not. If everyone wants to continue to pay the outrageous prices that they do for a subpar performance than go right ahead. Along with Jodar, I am sure there are plenty more people that feel the same way.
Almost nobody complains???? You don’t have a clue what you’re talking about. I’m in theaters for 10 hours a day at least 4 days a week. Don’t tell me nobody complains. I hear about it all the time. I have also seen the majority of single screen theaters split or close unless used for other venues. Of course the screen and sound make a difference, but if you don’t have enough people coming, these theaters will not survive. That’s just a fact.
I’m not the one scaring them away. I have heard many very unhappy customers complain about the presentation there since they let the operators go. I have seen it firsthand too. Believe me, I love these big old places more than anything. They are just becoming harder to find these days.
The only Lafayette theater I found on here with a single screen also runs other events during the year. That’s the only way it can stay around.
AMC will run this theater to the ground and it will close running movies alone. They already destroyed the presentation by getting rid of the union operators.
Digital projection will not save this theater. Unfortunately, I don’t think anything will. Single screen theaters just can’t stay open by showing only movies.
Look at the entries for the Greenport theater. It talks about exactly that.
The tie between Islip and Sayville was severed long ago.
It’s empty because the landlord wants a ridiculuos amount of money for rent.
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.
I dont think it would have mattered. With xenon bulbs, platters, automations, etc…, I think they would have gotten rid of them anyway.
Been in NYC for 15 years. Your numbers are wrong!
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.
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”.
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….
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.
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.
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.