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markp commented about Amboy Multiplex Cinemas on Sep 24, 2016 at 1:44 pm

Ccano my father was a union projectionist for 55 years before retiring in Dec 1992. He passed in Oct 93. My uncle was a projectionist for 52 years passing in 1991. I knew all the projectionists in the union and visited almost all the theatres, some of which, including Amboys I ended up working in. I started to apprentice in summer 1976. The rest is history. I can remember almost all the theatres and dates I worked. Many are overlapped, meaning I may have worked more than one job a week. That was the case thru the 80’s when I worked days at the Sayrewoods adult theatre by day (which is on here and I posted a photo of that projection room) and nights at Amboys, Menlo Park or Woodbridge.

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markp commented about Amboy Multiplex Cinemas on Sep 23, 2016 at 2:42 pm

I myself wouldn’t mind seeing what it looks like. I helped install the seats in the original 6 cinemas way back in 1979. And as my wife says, you wouldn’t want to get me started on my stories, lol. You would need a change of clothes cause once I get going, I don’t know when to stop.

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markp commented about Amboy Multiplex Cinemas on Sep 22, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Ccano, one of my biggest regrets in my 40 years as a projectionist was not having the foresight to look ahead. I thought all the theatres I worked at would be around forever. Sadly I don’t have any photos of anything Amboys. I have a few of the old Menlo Park Twin Cinema, and the Sayrewoods theatre projection room and that’s it. And I worked in probably 35 or more different theatres over the years. All I have are the memories.

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markp commented about Amboy Multiplex Cinemas on Sep 21, 2016 at 5:27 am

I keep telling people I would like to see it return to something of its former glory. A 4 screen drive in. People tell me I’m crazy, but hey, why not? 2 large screens towards the river, 2 smaller ones by the old circle. Open it from March till end of October, It would be a gold mine. But that’s just me.

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markp commented about Amboy Multiplex Cinemas on Sep 19, 2016 at 3:07 pm

I was in there way back in Dec 2006 to remove a screen and sound system for another theatre. The fill under the lobby eroded, possibly due to a leaking sewer line and the floor collapsed. Until the Hazlet Cinemas was taken over by Cinemark, the managers there had the keys and access to the theatre. But for many years now no one has access, and no one has a clue what it looks like. If you drive by you can see the a/c units have been stripped for the copper so I’m sure water is getting in. And the tidal surge from Sandy did reach the rear exit doors for Cinemas 1 & 2. The only thing good for this building is for it to be demolished. And it hurts me to say this as I worked there for over 20 years.

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markp commented about Lafayette Theatre on Sep 19, 2016 at 12:33 pm

Looking at the films, I can tell you that 3 years ago I ran “Adventures of Robin Hood” on 35mm in New Jersey. I also ran “Wizard of Oz” as both film and DCP. When I ran “North By Northwest” it was a Blu-ray.

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Sep 6, 2016 at 2:14 pm

I am so happy that I got to see the last 70MM film projected there “Interstellar”. The picture and sound was amazing. It is a shame this place couldn’t hang on.

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markp commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Sep 6, 2016 at 2:10 pm

All the 70MM equipment put in the theatres after Hateful8 was removed and put back in storage. The quick disconnect wiring was left in place. I was smart enough while at the Regal E-Walk to make a notation of the package number I ran, so if I’m lucky enough to get called again next summer, I know what to ask for. Was problem free the entire 2 weeks.

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markp commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Sep 6, 2016 at 2:06 pm

digital3d, Thank You. I come from a family of union projectionists. My father was one for 55 years, my uncle for 54. I’m in my 40th this year. I only do the occasional movie now that everything is digital. It was a great run though.

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markp commented about Strand Theater on Sep 6, 2016 at 1:56 pm

I’m sure if you go to the wildwood town hall of records they should have info on who owns it. I would love to see this place back up and running.

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markp commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Sep 4, 2016 at 6:20 pm

xbs2034, perhaps you should have seen Hateful 8 at the Regal E-Walk where I ran it. Properly framed every time, no sound issues, and I was the only theatre out of the 4 in NYC that ran it that NEVER once used the digital back up. That’s what 40 years as a projectionist gets you. Just sayin.

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markp commented about Rolling Acres Cinema on Sep 4, 2016 at 6:15 pm

Tonight on cable channel Viceland, they were inside the abandoned mall, and showed pictures of the inside of the theatre. It showed the old GCC white backed Griggs chairs, the old white formica vending machine wall and candy stand.

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Sep 3, 2016 at 8:16 am

Too bad they don’t do this more often.

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Sep 2, 2016 at 7:12 pm

rcdt55b, that was a complaint of mine when the movie started. The image wasn’t touching the bottom masking and from my seat on the stage left side there was a motor chain bag hanging in the image upper right. The movie looked fantastic. I was under the balcony. I was gonna ask if they shot it to the screen from the booth or in the seating area. You answered my question. Also I was curious, and you certainly do not have to answer, but was it a digital ingest, or……

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Sep 2, 2016 at 1:35 pm

I thought his funniest story was the one about him and the late Bill Cullen.

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markp commented about Radio City Music Hall on Aug 29, 2016 at 1:55 pm

I will be attending this Thursdays screening of “Blazing Saddles.” It will be a bit somber after todays news of Gene Wilders passing. It will probably be my only time at the hall this year, as my wife will not be working the Christmas Spectacular this year, her first time not doing it in 9 years. She is working on Cirque Paramour. Gonna miss seeing the Christmas show this year.

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markp commented about AMC Clifton Commons 16 on Aug 25, 2016 at 8:39 am

And now you know why RHETT52, long time projectionists like myself who cared and gave 110% are no longer employed and why theres no more film. I see these digital downloads at the theatre I do projection once in a while. These kids don’t understand 2:35 or 1:85. If they would print flat or scope you might have a chance. And I love that excuse, that’s the way they sent it. Might have worked in the old days when a print was scratched but no more. The business has really gone down hill the past 10 to 15 years.

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markp commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Aug 24, 2016 at 3:06 pm

I loved the sound of the old film projectors. And in my 37 full time years as a projectionist, I never scratched film, even my 12 years in the adult theatres. I cared for the film and kept my projectors spotless.

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markp commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Aug 23, 2016 at 10:28 am

I agree with you on all points hdtv267. I might add that as a 40 year veteran projectionist, I personally am not a fan of digital, since it put me out of work 3 years ago, and I could care less about digital imax or laser or anything else. To me its getting all out of control, and going to the movies just isn’t what it use to be. Yes I’m an old fuddy duddy. You can say it.

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markp commented about Middlebrook Galleria Cinemas on Aug 20, 2016 at 2:16 pm

According to the website, still no showtimes listed. Is it possible this place has been closed for renovations since the early spring??

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markp commented about Pelham Road Cinema 10 on Aug 20, 2016 at 9:31 am

Wow. A 10 screen theatre lasting only 8 years.

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markp commented about Movies & Games by Haywood Mall on Aug 20, 2016 at 9:24 am

The overview says one screen, but if you look at the opening day ad and figure out whats doubled up, it looks to me like its a 6 screen theatre.

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markp commented about AMC Headquarters Theatres on Aug 19, 2016 at 7:48 pm

When Clearview use to operate this theatre, I was the screen cleaner for them. I hated going to this theatre as parking was a disaster, especially when I had to haul up cleaning supplies and such. And yes the theatres are on 2 levels, and you cannot get from one to the other. Since I use to go in after the theatre closed, it was sometimes a 2 day trip because if I got onto one level, I couldn’t get to the other one. Was never a fan of this place.

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markp commented about Loew's Victoria Theatre on Aug 18, 2016 at 2:23 pm

Another one into the dumpster. Really really sad

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markp commented about Georgia Square Mall Cinemas 1 2 3 4 on Aug 18, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Always loved your intro up top. A true theatre guy just like myself.