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Interesting note from “Archives”. As a resident who grew up in Red Bank and viewed motion pictures at both the Strand Theatre and the Carlton Theatre, I was unaware of any racial bias in the town, much less the alligation that Count Basie was “forced to attend the Strand Theatre.” Red Bank was always racially mixed, and I cannot recall discrimination, per say, growing up and attending every one of the public schools from 1949 through 1962.
Basie called himself “the Kid from Red Bank”, and never forgot his roots. He was a citizen of “Goosetown”, a connotation known only to a small number of long time Red Bank residents, both black and white.
I reject the notion that the theatre’s name is out of place. This venue will be opening for the fall season after an extensive rennovation and replacement of all its seats. On August 20th the theatre will celebrate a grand re-opening, featuring The Count Basie Orchestra, and honoring the 100th anniversary of Count Basie’s birth.
70mm is a dead issue. Clearview will never spend the $$$ necessary to do it right. Trust me- the Dolan’s don’t give a damn and never will.
The Basie once again has the capability to show 35MM film. A complete renovation of the projection booth has been completed. A new screen has been installed, along with a state of the art sound system featuring Dolby Digital sound with Dolby SR analog backup.
Currently, this changeover booth features Simplex XL projectors and the original Peerless Magnarc arc lamps. The theatre hosted the Red Bank International Film Festival last fall and will do so again in 2004. Recently, the Basie ran New Line’s Laws of Attraction as an advance screening for subscribers, and is scheduled to present The Notebook on June 21st.