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markp commented about Melbourne Outdoor Theatre on Feb 20, 2013 at 5:25 am

projectionist1, dying??? Its dead. I am a projectionist in New Jersey of 37 years. My deceased father was also a projectionist for over 55 years. Although our work was mostly indoor theatres, I have many fond memories too. Today I work in the last 6 plex still running 35mm until later this year when it goes all digital. Then I will only get work once a month or so in theatres doing film festivals and such. My main work these days is as a stagehand. The union up here tries to keep me busy. Its very sad how our profession has been destroyed over the years.

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markp commented about New Yorker Theatre on Feb 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Just curious why the top header has it listed as 1 screen but the last photo in the photo section shows a picture that says A Walter Reade Twin Theatre. When was it twinned and how? Down the middle etc??

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markp commented about Wellmont Theatre on Feb 8, 2013 at 5:56 am

Tinseltoes, no need to be sorry. You are one of the more knowledgeable people on this site. I enjoy all your postings about things that happened 40, 50, 60 years ago. I only know this from working there. Otherwise, I would have thought the same like you did.

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markp commented about AMC Loews Bay Terrace 6 on Feb 6, 2013 at 1:33 pm

DARCYDT, having been in the industry for over 35 years, as a projectionist, with some management expierience, I can tell you that while you are frustrated, and you have a right to be, there is something either about the theatre or its film grosses on newer movies that AMC sees and just doesnt justify putting in new releases there. This is what we use to call a dump off or move over house. UA had them. GCC had them. Heck even Loews had them. I even worked a few of them here in Jersey. And judging from your posts, the only NEW movies they get are ones that are sure to bomb. In the end AMC’s bean counters will look one day and say, “enough” and just shut it down. I’ve seen it happen, even after a company would spend big bucks to renovate. A year later the doors were padlocked.

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markp commented about Wellmont Theatre on Feb 6, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Tinseltoes, I usually dont differ with people here on CT, but I work here on occassion as a stagehand. The actual number of fixed seats in the building is probably correct at the top, because only the balcony has fixed seats. The entire orchestra is flat concrete used mostly for standing room. If a show comes in requiring seats, they set up portable chairs.

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markp commented about Count Basie Theatre on Jan 7, 2013 at 7:07 am

Tonight, Monday Jan 7 and tom'w Jan 8, I am screening 2 films, both in 35mm. I will be there after 2 pm to begin inspecting them. I believe tonights movie is “West of Memphis” and tom'w is “Neil Youngs Journey.” Hope to see you all there.

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 4, 2013 at 9:29 am

My man Vito just summed it all up with the last sentence. Enough said.

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 4, 2013 at 6:13 am

saps, I’m sure the curtain works just fine and dandy. The bigger problem today is that no one at the theatre cares about showmanship. I can almost bet that the managers are a tad older than the kids selling concession. Gone are the days of managers in their 40’s and 50’s and projectionists like myself and my father who really truely cared about the presentation. Today, its get em in, get em out and how much is our per cap. I’m sure no one at Clearview (or any other chain who may end up with this theatre) gives a hoot about us old timers who are passionate about things like curtains and intermissions. Its really very sad.

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Dec 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm

I wish I could get copies of those pictures to add to my collection. This projectionist of 37 years only has memories left now that theatres have gone digital. All i have left is a gig in the Count Basie theatre in red bank NJ. Simplex XL’s reel to reel. (20 min.)

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Dec 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm

rcdt55b, some people have way too much time on their hands. I loved your booth photos. I still wish someday I could get up there to see it, but I know its next to impossible. Christmas show ends next weekend so my wife will be finished there till probably next year.

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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.