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Rstewart, I was just trying to explain the reason for my bad back. I didn’t take no offence to what he said. I guess I didn’t see it that way. But I guess you know what its been like. My first years were spent lifting those 6000' reels, then in 84 I started with platters. And many of those years were spent in a 10 and 14 plex theatres where it seemed you moved something after every show. But you must admit, as I did, that those were some good old days and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. Have a good holiday Rstewart.
What a shame this is rotting away like this. You look at Matt Lambros photos and you wonder if it could ever be restored.
No. Carrying 250 lb prints of film all around the building did. And it wasn’t just that theatre. Many of the Loews Theatres that had half the theatres on one side and half on the other didn’t help. I started out in 1976, so I had a lot of film miles in my back by then. But its still something I’ll never forget. I miss film. I miss running film.
I worked here as a projectionist from late april 2004 till dec 31, 2004. something like 5 separate projection rooms, and walking down hallways and the alike. A real nightmare, but I made a go of it until my back went out and I was taken to White Plains hospital. I never went back.
I have to say that I cant disagree with you folks. Me personally, I can care less about all this laser stuff, etc, but these people with the which seat in which row and this and that. Whatever happened to just going to the movies, watch the damn thing, and enjoy it? I guess I’m just really getting old or I missed something along the way.
I was gonna email you about this later. My BA just posted it on our union website.
Many many years ago, 1966 to exact, my father who was projectionist here took me on the Friday after thanksgiving to see my first movie in a movie theatre, “The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t.”
For all you laser crazy fanatics, those lines you refer too are probably unpainted surfaces either on the screen frame or the speakers behind the screen. Back in the day when I was a film projectionist, everything behind the screen was painted flat black so nothing reflected. Nowadays with brighter projection from digital and this laser stuff, anything not painted will show up ten times worse. You have to remember its all about the money and the faster and quicker AMC can do it the better. The attitude for years has been if the customer don’t see it, then its not important.
Gee how familiar that sounds. Yup must be the same owners or relatives of. I remember sometimes having to put in stubs at the end of the night halfway thru the last reel. I was so happy when they converted to xenon in 85, but then we never ever saw a new bulb again. We always got used ones from the projectionists in our local who worked the large chain theatres like GCC or UA.
rcdt55b, Thank you for the good wishes, and I agree, film will never totally disappear.
rcdt55b, I still have a pair of well maintained simplex xl projectors at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank NJ. Last time I ran 35MM was Jan 2015. They keep telling me film is dead. Its all about the money. On a separate note, my wife is no working the Christmas show with you guys this year. Shes got a permanent gig on Cirque Paramore. She misses the hall.
Just another reason why I, a film projectionist of 40 years, hates digital.
Yesterday on their facebook page they posted that they are accepting applications this Thursday and Friday. The reopening cant be far behind.
jsbreezy, I think the people that owned this theatre owned a whole bunch of them, including the Globe in the Bronx, the Deluxe in Brooklyn, the Polk in Queens and the 2 I worked at as a projectionist here in New Jersey, the Sayrewoods Theatre and the Cinema 9. Really Nice people as you said. All they wanted was keep the picture on the screen. I worked there from 1978 till 1990.
Mike Rogers, what ever became of this site? retail? Condos? Nothing?
Wish they could build a 4 screener here in New Jersey where the old Amboys Drive in once stood.
When it was an adult cinema, it was operated by the same people who also operated the Polk in Queens, the Deluxe and Cinema Kings Highway, the Mayfair and several in central New Jersey.
Geez, can they make the Scope screen any smaller??
rivest266, can you possibly find an ad for the Jerry Lewis Twin in Carteret NJ which opened on June 7, 1972? The local paper at that time was the Perth Amboy Evening News. If you find it can you post it to the Carteret Twin Cinema page here on Cinema Treasures?
Followed a few weeks later on June 7, 1972 by Middlesex counties second twin cinema, the Jerry Lewis Twin Cinema in Carteret NJ
I drove by here about 2 weeks ago. It is far from ready to reopen. I have no idea what the delay is, but the windows were covered with brown paper and there was no sign of activity. Sad because this place holds a special place in my heart.
Yes you do remember that theatre. I was never a big fan of the additions they did that kept making that hallway from cinema 1 up to 9 and 10 so long. If you had to use the restroom it was like a half mile walk, LOL. The job in Pru center is ok. But its more for young guys, not someone like me whos gonna be 58 years old in 3 months.
Ccano, as I said way earlier, I believe, my father and uncle were both projectionists and member of the IATSE union for many years. When I was 16 I started to apprentice to join the union, and got in in Jan 1980. I then worked full time at the job of projectionist in numerous theaters (37 different locations at last count) until digital projection finally put me out of work I’m May 2013. I am now a part time stage hand at the Prudential Center in Newark. Unfortunately there are no more jobs in projection as everything is run by computer. Should I be lucky enough to get movies going at the Brook Theatre in Bound Brook then there will be a little something there, but its gonna be a while. As I have told others like you, and its not meant in a bad way, but you just came to the party too late. And yes, let me know if you ever find out how to gain access.
Ccano, no unfortunately nothing physical. When I was in there it was to remove 2 screens and a sound rack for the Ritz Theatre in Elizabeth, which unfortunately never allowed me to get either installed and I haven’t been back there since 2010. I would have loved to have one of those sound racks and projector lamphouses as I am trying to return movies to the Brook Theatre in Bound Brook. But I’m sure after 11 years of sitting in cold and dampness, the stuff probably only good for scrap now.
Not to doubt what anyone here is saying, but I thought when they put us old film projectionists out of work with digital that the reason was sharper images, and stable pictures. Now digitals not good enough?? Sort of makes me glad I’m out of the business and only do occasional projection work now.