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carolgrau commented about Too much security at movie theaters? on Nov 9, 2005 at 6:53 am

Oh so true, I have had the idiots wanting to come in my booth to check for tiny cameras on my projectors. When I say no they go nuts. I know this is for anti piracy, but it seems sometimes they get a little carried away,and half the garbage coming out of the studios now adays you would have to be pretty hard up to want to steal. Let us keep one thing in mind, they should pay more attention to what people are carring in during the regular shows. I worked a theatre where the ushers let people carry in suitcases, and big backpacks. All it would take was one explosion of any kind
, and that would be the end of the theatre industry as we know it.
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carolgrau commented about Tampa Theatre on Nov 7, 2005 at 11:02 am

Patsy: I remember a few Warner Crest, they were usually at the top of the stage right smack dab in the center of the arch. Yes I can imagine all the idiots I have been around over the years. How some of them painted over beautiful wall murials, one idiot even painted over a ceiling picture of clouds and the little lights that were stars. The best one was the clown who started to paint the ladies room a God awfull green, ran out of paint and never finished the job, or the moron who tried to paint the water fountains, this all happened in different theatres I have worked over the years. It would take something very different to surprise me.
Have a good one!
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carolgrau commented about Tampa Theatre on Nov 7, 2005 at 5:44 am

Now there is a saying I have not heard in years, the Eberson fist, when I started out in this business the old time projectionist would talk about this. Me being the dummy that I am thought they were joking, until one day one of them showed me where it was in a theatre I worked in the 60`s. I forgot about it till now.
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carolgrau commented about Franklin Theatre on Nov 2, 2005 at 10:56 am

They all go to the carmike thoroughbred 20 more, used to see them there all the time, so whats the big deal? Ashley will always be a bitch, and nothing will change.
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carolgrau commented about Continuous Movies on Oct 28, 2005 at 6:21 am

Dick, one of the most beautiful things I ever saw, was one night in Pittsburgh, Pa. at my Dads one drive-ins it was snowing and I was down by the screen. I happened to turn around and look towards the booth, the projector was showing a muti colored scene, and the snow turned all different colors, it was just a beautiful sight to see.
Is Davin Anderson still in the business?
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carolgrau commented about Continuous Movies on Oct 26, 2005 at 5:19 am

I remember the good old days, running movies all day at the indoor house, and going to the drive-in at night. Many times horns would blow to let me know uh oh I dozed off. Thank God they were my Dad`s Theatres, so I did not get into trouble. With the Union theatres I stayed wide awake, did not want to pay a fine, and cut into my beer money.
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carolgrau commented about Classic Monsters at The Landmark Loew's Jersey on Oct 25, 2005 at 5:42 am

God I remember running all of these at many a Drive-In in Pittsburgh, Pa.What great memories. Somewhere I even got a poster of the original Frankenstein, and yes it is an original poster.
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carolgrau commented about Continuous Movies on Oct 25, 2005 at 5:37 am

We had allot of theatres in Pa. that had the bell that rang 3 times, and got so many complaints that they removed them so you realy had to be on your toes. The Union would send members to different theatres to check up on you. If you missed a changeover, you got a nice hefty fine. Imagine if that went on today! No one would ever get paid.
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carolgrau commented about More theater chains on Oct 24, 2005 at 5:55 am

Are these chains still operating?
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carolgrau commented about Stateline Drive-In on Oct 24, 2005 at 5:47 am

Thanks lostmemory, I live in Nashville now and was wondering where this was. I heard they had one, but was unsure where.
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carolgrau on Oct 24, 2005 at 5:40 am

Every Theatre I ever worked has a ghost or 2, and they are usually projectionist, just like I probably will be after 50 years in the booth, and hopefully allot more. I know I will be at the Warner Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pa.,as my haunt. I have never really left there in heart.
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carolgrau commented about AMC Colonial Commons 9 on Oct 22, 2005 at 5:54 am

This was the first continueous loop platter system I ever worked, this theatre was built on the site of an old grocery store, inside the Colonial Park Mall. They had just tore down the old Eric 1&2, originally The Trans -Lux witch sat in the mall by itself.
The first Manager was Fred Wonders, who worked his tail off trying to get it open. Only to be rewarded by being fired, typical theatre chain. I think when it first opened it was an Eric, or a UA, can`t remember witch one.
Dave Grau (Mungo)
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carolgrau commented about Digiplex Cinema Center - Bloomsburg on Oct 21, 2005 at 7:06 am

Marv Troutman live in Millersburg,Pa. also owns cinema supply co. in
Millersburg, and the Capital theatre in Bloomsburg Pa.
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carolgrau commented about Digiplex Cinema Center - Camp Hill on Oct 21, 2005 at 6:58 am

Marv Troutman owns all of the cinema centers, plus the above
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carolgrau commented about Digiplex Cinema Center - Camp Hill on Oct 21, 2005 at 6:57 am

s the cinema supply company, and the Capital theatre in Bloomsburg
Pa.

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carolgrau commented about Warner Theatre on Oct 18, 2005 at 1:10 pm

At the end it was ran by Cinnemette Corp, who left it go to hell so they could dump it.
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carolgrau commented about Warner Theatre on Oct 18, 2005 at 1:06 pm

Patsy, I worked this theatre for years, and no one ever said anything about an organ, was and still is the very best theatre I ever worked. Will always be my favorite. I cried my eyes out when they tore it down. I could not go near fifth ave. for a long time after. I still tear up even reading this.
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carolgrau commented about Cinema 1 on Oct 2, 2005 at 6:24 pm

This theatre is owned by Carmike Cinemas, I went up there not long ago to replace an intermitten movement in a Norelco fp20. Left to go to hell by Carmike, it is still is a preety place.
Dave Grau (Mungo)
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carolgrau commented about English Cinemas on Oct 1, 2005 at 8:55 am

I got one for you, I used to be a projectionist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for I.A.T.S.E. local 171. I had my regular job at the old Warner theatre, closed in 1984. I also did relief work at the Fulton. We had an old projectionist named Joe Mckee, at the Fulton. The movie would end, and the next show did not start for another 2 hours. Joe would thread the projectors, trim the lamps, and would walk over to the booth door and stand there and look up at the clock so he would not miss starting the next show. I mean he stood there the whole time. I used to tell him, Joe why dont you go across the street for a sandwich, or something. He would say no I dont want to miss the start of the show. Even if I came at 6:00, PM, to releive him, he would stand there till 7:00 even though it was my shift, just to make sure the show started on time, then he would leave.
I really miss those old guys.
Dave Grau (Mungo)
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carolgrau commented about The Gold Theater in Buffalo NY on Sep 30, 2005 at 7:40 am

Thank you once again Patsy, a great site. I hope to get some info on a old place called Gilligans. My band played there in 1970, and from the looks of it I was reminded that this was once probably an old theatre.
Your Friend
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carolgrau commented about Capitol Theater For Sale on Aug 4, 2005 at 5:06 am

great old theatre period, it has Brenkart bx80 projectors and is in good shape the last time I was there. Marv also owns the cinema supply co. out of Millersburg, Pa.
Dave Grau (Mungo)
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carolgrau commented about Capitol Theater For Sale on Aug 4, 2005 at 4:45 am

The owner is Marv Troutman who owns the cinema centers theatres all around central Pa. A very fine family to work for and do business with.
Dave Grau (Mungo)
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carolgrau commented about Drive-In Movie Theaters Make Comeback In Texas on Aug 1, 2005 at 7:15 am

This is wonderful news, I remember before I left PA. In 2001 I worked the Haars Drive-In, in Dillsburg Pennsylvania, and what a little gold mine this place was. I don`t know if they are still open or not. They were only open Fri. Sat. & Sun., but they made thier own food, and was always full of cars. Once again great news. I wish you all the best.
Dave Grau (Mungo)
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carolgrau commented about Chicago's GATEWAY to Fall? on Jul 31, 2005 at 4:54 pm

What condition is it in? Would be a shame to tear down a good building for nothing, especialy one of this magnatude. However when you deal with the politics of City Gov. God knows what will happen. Some rich developer will pay them under the table, and will have his condo`s. Historic theatre bye bye.
Dave Grau (Mungo)
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carolgrau commented about Hawaii's Waikiki Theatre Demolished on Jul 24, 2005 at 6:39 am

Christ I remember what I had to go through just to get an exit sign, and a very small marble lions head from a water fountain, from the old Warner theatre in Pittsburgh, Pa. I thought I was robbing Fort Knox. I asked why? They told me it was going to be destroyed anyway, but the owners Cinnamette, did not want anyone to have anything that they paid for, for free. I told them forget it, but unknown to them they are here somewhere.
Dave Grau (Mungo)
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