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Looks like they are going Bollywood.
Mr GG owned the Herricks, Port Washington, Grand Avenue, and I forget what else offhand. Clearview bought them from him and started buying up theaters all over. Then Cablevision bought Clearview. Thats where it stands today.
Ed, thanks for the pics. It WAS a nice conversation you were having with yourself. LOL. I watched them remove the neon sign one day. Originally the sign was completely covered up. Then one day I guess the covering fell off. There stood the sign with all the neon still intact for a few years. Then someone took the neon. Then finally they removed the sign. What a shame. It was about the only thing left to remind you of what it once was.
Ligg, part of the reason the Alan fell through was because of the fact that it was gutted. It wasnt known how gutted it was till they were well into the plans. I find it funny that you mentioned the old Pergament store. That is exactly where they are looking into putting a theater. They are a very small group of indian people. They are looking at possibly 5 or 6 screens there. Remember, this is still early in the process.
The alan had a balcony if I remember. I went there a few times. This theater was SO close to opening again a few years ago. Unfortunately it fell through.
Theaters 1,3 and 5 have Dolby Digital. Theaters 2 and 4 have DTS. Theater 6 has the dreaded Sony SDDS. None of them have EX unless they were installed in the last 2 years.
Ed, you’re correct about the theater entrances on the first floor. Also correct about back 2/3 and front 2/3. Lost Memory, balcony theaters do have 72 seats each.
Sorry Peter, my mistake. The Silver screen is used for 3D not the other one. We have about 4 different screens here for the different material that is shown. Vito, it IS great seeing all those people out the ports. You can here the oooooooo’s and aaaaaaaa’s with the 3D too.
I actually did the 6 plex split in the 90’s. Here how it went…..upstairs the old balcony is theaters 5 and 6. Downstairs theaters 3 and 4 are the back third of the theater when it was twinned. Now the front 2/3 of the downstairs was turned 90 degrees and is now theaters 1 and 2. Got that? Lol…..
They use a plain non perf matte white screen for the 70MM. It looks pretty good even though the light output is not great. You wouldnt think that with the 7K Watt lamps, but thats for another discussion. Lol. I am one of the projectionists there. Also, I am the service tech for the Christmas show run.
The “Independent Screening Room” was supposed to be a party room but it got screwed up during construction and became screen #5. The door you see in front is closed off. The exit is next to the box office.
Vito, we are still running the 3D 70MM 2 projector film. It has nothing to do with the new LED wall though. We actually use all 5 projectors during the show at one point or another. The show is pretty good even though they shortened it again this year. As far as the LED screen goes, it does function well though a lot of stage scenery has been taken out because of it. So it depends how you look at it. The screen adds to the show but personally I would like to still see all the old sets on stage that have been abolished by the new screen. Just my thoughts.
Clearview bought the GG theaters. Mr GG was an actual person. Everone today splits up theaters to get the most films they can in at once. Some films stay for a long period of time and get moved into the smaller 50 or 60 seats theaters. Thats all thats needed for those films at that time.
Ed, Grand Ave. is now a quad and a half….LOL
5 and 6 are upstairs
Yes it IS FINALLY opened..LOL…..took them long enough.
I’ll take them next time I’m there.
Yes, the Beekman room is now theater #1. The original balcony. The beekman signs are on either side of the screen, fully functional with neon.
That was a great story Lin. I love hearing things like that. Now as far as the private screening room is concerned. I never thought of it as a private screening room, but I guess you really could call it that. It was actually a room for the projectionist to sit a monitor the film. It wasnt big enough to hold 15 people though. Maybe a bit less. Most theaters did have this room way back when. The room is still there, sort of. The wall was taken down to expand the booth. Believe it or not, the speaker is still on the wall. As far as stereo sound goes, it has started to be upgraded. Two of the screens, 2 and 5, have front/surround stereo. The other 3 will be upgraded to full dolby stereo in the next few months.
They will probably take the equipment out and use it for another theater.
Static is caused by the air being too dry not too humid. Thats why booth installed humidifiers in the winter to try and help this problem. This has not been an issue much anyway since they improved the polyester film stock. With a single screen theater, a projectionist definitely CAN help with a print if there is a static issue.
It definitely is because of the union busting tactics. These problems would not be happening if trained professionals were in the booth. AMC doesnt care. They give a pass for another show and people come back and buy more popcorn. Eventually it will catch up to them. Less and less people will go to the Uptown. BTW, heat and humidity will not cause the film to warp…………..unless you’re putting it in an oven and baking it.
Yes, the Greenport has undergone huge renovations. The seat are not new. They have been painted and reupholstered. Also, a new marquee has been installed complete with a blade running from the roof down to the top of the marquee. There will be more renovations ahead including upgraded sound and screen maskings. A lot of work has been done to improve the picture and sound already. All of the projection equipment has been repaired or upgraded. Opening night sold out 2 of the shows.
I did a video screening here the other night. They are using the balcony as a projection booth for the original screen. Very strange looking up from there seeing the original seat still in place and chandelier too. I went into the original booth and was attacked by pigeons. The projectors are not there but everything else is still in place including tons of very old trailers and film.