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markp commented about Kinnelon Cinema 3 on May 20, 2013 at 7:57 pm

This theatre was possibly opened as an original Jerry Lewis Cinema in the 1970’s. Clearview did not take it over until 1998.

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markp commented about Moore Warren Theatre on May 20, 2013 at 1:49 pm

The weather channel is just now showing video of a tornado that they say hit the Moore warren Theatre, and from the video, it looks to be the same shot as the photo above.

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on May 12, 2013 at 7:56 am

Howard, I would enjoy anything at the Ziegfeld, but WHY would anyone want to see the new Gatsby, and in 3D no less?

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markp commented about Mahoning Drive-In on May 10, 2013 at 2:41 pm

You are so right Mikeoaklandpark. I just lost my full time job yesterday, as the last of the 6 screens in the theatre I worked at went digital. And my owner told me that theatres have to be done even sooner now. It was supposed to be the end of summer, but 20th Fox for one is running out of film stock. They may be able to release 1 or 2 more features on 35mm and thats it. Same for the other companies too. Very sad indeed. I was at this theatre back in the late 90’s when my buddy was manager up the road at the Mahoning Valley Cinema 8. Nice drice-in.

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markp commented about 'M*A*S*H' with Sally Kellerman In Person on Apr 29, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I"m planning on being there. Already took the day off from work. One of the very first movies I ever saw on the big screen, and years later I ran it in my early days as a projectionist.

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markp commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Apr 8, 2013 at 5:34 pm

moviebuff82, your weekly update of comments have fallen off dramatically. Everything ok?

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markp commented about ACE Theatrical Group embraces long history of preserving historic treasures and reactivating local arts communities on Apr 8, 2013 at 5:29 pm

The Boyd would be excellent. Another one would be the Ritz Theatre in Elizabeth New Jersey. Although it has been about 85% renovated by a real estate person who owns it, he only books the occasional spanish show. The theatre is 2 blocks from a train station, in the center of town, and can serve many different types of shows.

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markp commented about Hollywood Cinemas on Apr 1, 2013 at 8:05 pm

jojo, yes I am. Mark Pus…. should be enough for you to find me. My profile picture is of me threading a projector, mostly upper magazine. I see the paramount and the adams and proctors in Newark when I work at the new arena.

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markp commented about Hollywood Cinemas on Mar 31, 2013 at 9:10 am

jojo, nice to hear about old union guys from the good old days. Although I am only 54, and have been a projectionist for the past 37 years, I enjoy reading about the days when my father was involved. I joined local 379, Perth Amboy, later 534, and most recently we merged with 21 in Newark. I am in my final days as a projectionist due to all the digital conversions. Its on to stagehand work for me. I will still get occasional reel to reel work at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank. Some of the more notable theatres I worked at were the Menlo Park Twin, Woodbridge Twin, Sayrewoods Theatre, Amboys Multiplex, Old Rahway Theatee, Linden Theatre and the Ritz in Elizabeth. Good old days indeed.

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markp commented about All Jersey Multiplex Cinemas on Mar 10, 2013 at 1:07 pm

On my way to New York City this morning just after sunrise, the Turnpike was void of any traffic so I slowed to look at this theatre. It appears from the road that all of the roof top air condition units have been stripped of useable parts/copper, etc. All panels are removed and you can clearly see empty spaces within the units. No doubt rain water must pour in during storms. There is also a banner on the building “For Sale”

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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.