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filmfanz commented about The 'reverse' Darress Theatre hosts screening on Mar 24, 2008 at 9:35 am


No, by ‘reverse’, I was referring to the fact that the audience enters the theatre from the ‘front’ of the house (under the screen/stage) so that the screen is behind you, and all of the seat fronts are facing you as you walk in. As opposed to traditional layouts where you walk in from the back of the house, facing the screen, with the backs of the seats facing you.

Visit the Darress Theatre page to find out more about this unique theatre configuration. /theaters/1645

filmfanz commented about Darress Theatre on Mar 19, 2008 at 8:10 am

Hey, we just got a new review of CONFERENCE ROOM C and figured we’d share it.

(As is mentioned in the review, don’t forget that CONFERENCE ROOM C will be screening at the historic DARRESS THEATRE on March 22, 2008 at 8pm. Seeing as this will be a Saturday night, why not make plans to spend the evening with us and have a different kind of night out?

There will be a Q&A session following the film, as well as refreshments.

For anyone who has already seen CONFERENCE ROOM C, why not bring a friend out to see what all the buzz is about…and for those who haven’t seen it yet…what are you waiting for? This screening will be the perfect time to catch the wave!

Tickets for this event are $10…with 100% of the proceeds going towards the upkeep and restoration of the historic DARRESS THEATRE, which is a very special venue. The DARRESS is one of the only surviving ’reverse’ theatres that is still in operation. ’Reverse’ theatres were a architectural rarity back in the heyday of movie palaces…and there are only about 3 left standing in the world…and very few of them still operate as working theatres. We working hard to ensure that our screening lives up to these special surroundings.

We look forward to seeing you at this fabulous event.)

Now, onto the review…

This review comes from the MYSPACE FILM COMMUNITY, and was written by the director of that site, Anthony Thurber.

The original review can be found at

However, for those of you who are link challenged, the full text of the review has been pasted below:


Conference Room C

Year: 2007
Director: Rob Buck
Stars: Dawn Harvey, Matt McCarthy, Pete Smith
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Howard Roark Productions
Running Time: 93 Mins
Review Rating: 5 Stars
Official Website:

Conference Room C has won awards at the Pocono Mountains and Wildwood by the Sea film festivals. The film is about the pressures of business wherein five people are in an ordinary business meeting, until tempers begin to flare and they are forced by their board of directors to come up with a decision that going to make them feel horrible about themselves. This turns this business meeting into a debate about various controversial issues regarding class, race, and sex.

Conference Room C is 12 Angry Men for the corporate world. Director Rob Buck does a great job creating a voyeuristic eye in the world of corporate business. I like how he and screenwriter Wayne Thorpe portray corporate America as a kill or be killed environment, as they take aim at the soul of corporate culture. Buck’s direction of the actors was good as their performances were dramatically intense. He uses the digital video format for this film, to give the film a realistic tone. The screenplay, written by Thorpe, was very intense and does a very good job exploring various issues like race, gender and ethnicity and the frightening aspects of each that exist today. Both Buck and Thorpe did a good job focusing on the character’s dilemma, which makes the elevated tensions even higher.

The acting in the film was very good. The actors really sink their teeth into their roles, and the chemistry with each other helps increase the film’s tension. Two particularly good performances come from Pete Smith and Tremayne Pinckney. Their portrayals were very intense, especially with each other, as their characters had to be very authentic for the film to work.

Conference Room is a heated movie that explores the behind the scenes of corporate America. You can catch a screening of this film at Darress Theater in Boonton, NJ on March 22nd at 8pm. Tickets are $10 dollars each.


filmfanz commented about Chester Cinema 6 on Mar 1, 2008 at 9:36 am


I believe the Chester Cinema (Cinema 206) was originally built as a twin…circa ‘79. I know that the mall itself was put up starting in/around '76, and they gradually added as they went. The theater was one of the last 'things’ added.

I recall seeing 10 and THE IN-LAWS there in 1979, and I would swear that it was twinned already.

I KNOW it was twinned when I caught a midnight screening of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and THE MEATCLEAVER MASSACRE (double bill) sometime in ‘80/'81.

filmfanz commented about Cinema 46 on Feb 29, 2008 at 12:40 pm

I only ever two films at this theater:
HARDLY WORKING – (yeeesh…remember that one?)
PINK FLOYD: THE WALL (in 70mm/6-Track if I recall correctly…)

Guess which experience I still cherish?

filmfanz commented about Maple Drive-In on Feb 29, 2008 at 9:39 am

Funny you should mention that…I though the name was MAPLE as well, but could not find a listing.

This drive-in came up as a match to the general address…and as I don’t recall there ever being a drive-in in Wayne-proper, I assume that it is the one I was thinking of (next to the Indian Orchard Cemetery.)

filmfanz commented about Darress Theatre on Feb 29, 2008 at 9:34 am

Anyone looking to experience the best of both worlds might want to checkout the Darress Theatre on March 22nd, 2008.

The historic ‘reverse’ Darress Theatre will be hosting a screening of the Indie film CONFERENCE ROOM C, which was shot (and will be projected) digitally.

The Darress is a fabulous space, and provides a truly unique viewing experience…you truly do feel transported in time when you enter the auditorium. The producers of CONFERENCE ROOM C are honoured to offer their film in this cinematic landmark.

See either the Darress website ( the CONFERENCE ROOM C site ( for details.

filmfanz commented about Morris Plains Drive-In on Feb 29, 2008 at 9:19 am

If my memory serves correctly, the entrance for the drive-in would have been almost exactly where the BARNES and NOBLE stands right now…and the parking/viewing area would have been where the Campus Drive Corporate Park marrs the landscape.

filmfanz commented about Maple Drive-In on Feb 29, 2008 at 9:16 am

I recall many a 70’s summer evening watching some second-rate double feature…and always knowing that you would never fully see the end of the second feature, as the steam from the river behind the screen would eventually envelope the entire structure.

It WAS cool to have the cememtary right next door though…

I always wished they would have shown NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD…that would have been an eerie good time!

filmfanz commented about Ledgewood Drive-In on Feb 29, 2008 at 9:10 am

As for the closing date of the drive-in, it had to be at the end of the 1986 summer/autumn season.

I distinctly recall seeing ALIENS, late in it’s run, at the classic Ledgewood Drive-in. I belive that was one among the last 4 or 5 things shown there.