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markp commented about View of the auditorium during renovation on Apr 19, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Looking a lot better. Cant wait for the finished product.

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markp commented about Mamaroneck Playhouse on Apr 19, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Another beautiful theatre about to be demolished. I remember the interior had a lot of brick work inside, from my days when I use to clean their screens. Such a shame.

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markp commented about Circus Drive-In on Apr 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Drive-in 54, Ive been saying this same thing for years about ANY drive in for New Jersey. Ive always said if I won the lottery I would tear down the vacant Amboys Multiplex in Sayreville NJ (a former drive-in) and put up a nice 4 screen drive-in. But I have a buddy of mine who constantly tells me, taxes too high, cost of labor too high, compact cars not good to sit in for 2 hours, on and on. Ive said if you open it from say the time you turn the clocks ahead till the time you turn them back, youd make a fortune. My buddy depresses the hell out of me, but I for one think they could make money in Jersey.

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markp commented about Ritz Theater on Apr 11, 2014 at 2:03 am

Thanks walterk, but of course as luck would have it, Im working both Saturdays in 2 different venues. State theatre New Brunswick this week and the Count Basie next week. Figures.

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markp commented about Performing arts centers planned for former bakery building in Carteret on Apr 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Would love for this to happen. My father was a projectionist here from after WW2 in the 40’s all the way up till it closed in the mid 60’s. Perhaps I will be fortunate enough to get a job as a stagehand here if it were to happen.

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markp commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Apr 8, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Boy I couldn’t have said it better myself. Vito and NYer, you took the words right out of my mouth.

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markp commented about Rivoli Theatre on Apr 8, 2014 at 3:51 pm

I hate that black skyscraper every time I pass it. Same for the Roxy site. And Roseland, I was just there a year ago for the opening night party of “Motown the Musical”. Another shame that one is gonna bite the dust too.

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markp commented about Ritz Theater on Apr 2, 2014 at 12:37 pm

walterk, funny how you mention the Basie. I am the house projectionist there. Up until last year we did screenings with 35mm, now we use a digital projector. Not really a fan, but you cant stop progress. As for the UCAC, I also did projection there in the late 90’s/early 2000’s, (as well as its last days as a porno back in the 70’s) but they haven’t done anything in a few years now. New management, new philosophy. And as far as 35mm at the Ritz, well this old timer just happens to have a pair of Century JJ2 35/70mm projectors in his possession.

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markp commented about Beach Cinema on Apr 1, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Theatre is now digital as of the middle of March.

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markp commented about Margate Theater on Apr 1, 2014 at 2:54 pm

What year was this theatre demolished?

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markp commented about Ritz Theater on Apr 1, 2014 at 1:06 pm

walterk, your link worked fine. Perhaps if I just scrolled up a bit and saw it, then my questions would have been answered. Im keeping up on this because, as a stagehand now, Im imagining how neat it would be for me to work there all these years after my father who was the projectionist for many years there.

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markp commented about Ritz Theater on Mar 30, 2014 at 9:07 pm

This is really big news. Fingers crossed. Where was this article written? In a local paper? And where was the talk of a 6 screen movie theatre? In town?

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markp commented about Boyd Theatre demolition begins on Mar 21, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Why bother with an appeal. By the time its heard ipic would have 2 weeks to destroy the interior. And once its destroyed, theres no turning back.

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markp commented about State Theater on Mar 21, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Thanks walterk. That would be my dad. Thank you so much. Yes I always try to remember the old State every year. Its where as a 6 year old boy I fell in love with movies, which led to me being a projectionist for over 37 years.

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markp commented about Fair Oaks Drive-In on Mar 17, 2014 at 9:07 pm

Lets hope.

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markp commented about State Theater on Mar 17, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Great article about this theatres beginnings. And I just realized today that on this past Saturday, 3/15/2014, it has been 43 years since my father ran the last movie there and its doors closed for good.

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markp commented about Angelika Film Center on Mar 13, 2014 at 2:13 am

Cinemadude, I agree with you about theatres that are keeping their 35mm equipment. The theatre in NJ where I am house projectionist, the Count Basie in Red Bank just installed a Christie Digital projector, but we kept our 2 simplex xl with 2000' reels. I still say film will make a comeback, much like vinyl is doing these days.

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markp commented about IMAX Theatre at Tropicana on Mar 13, 2014 at 2:03 am

Worked here for about 3 months in early 2005 as a projectionist. The 2+ hour ride each way from Woodbridge made it not worth the trip.

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markp commented about UA East Whiteland Stadium 9 on Mar 7, 2014 at 2:28 am

Its really kind of sad to see a nine screen theatre last only 14 years. There’s something really wrong with the movie industry when theatres only last 14 years or so.

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markp commented about Loew's Kings Theatre on Mar 7, 2014 at 2:24 am

Thanks LuisV and Lost Memory. This old timer isn’t too good with that copy and paste and all that stuff. All greek to me. The story and photos are great. She’s gonna be a beauty when they’re done.

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markp commented about Loew's Kings Theatre on Mar 6, 2014 at 4:48 pm

LuisV, for some reason (I don’t know why), so many links, including the one above in your last post don’t work for me. Im not sure if its my computer or what. I would love to read the article and keep tabs on the project.

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markp commented about Eric I & II on Mar 4, 2014 at 9:03 pm

To Mike Rodgers and carolgrau, its sad the way the I.A.T.S.E. projectionists were treated in the 90’s and 2000’s. I myself being one for almost 38 years now, well, I lost my last job in May 2013 to digital, but I had a really nice run. My father was also IA. He worked for 55 years up till 12/31/1992. Sad thing is he passed away the following Oct of 93. In all my years I never once scratched film, even when I worked in adult theatres. My booths were clean as hospital wards. But I was always looked at as too expensive, etc. I remember the late 90’s/early 2000’s when I worked for Clearview in NJ. Always got 97 to 100 on secret shoppers scores for presentation. A month after they got rid of the union in 04, scores went down to 60-70 range.

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markp commented about Glen Oaks Theater on Mar 4, 2014 at 8:43 pm

techman707, No, my father and I were members of Local 379, Perth Amboy NJ, which merged in 82 with Local 534, which merged with Local 21 about 3 years ago. Dad passed away 20 years ago. He was IA for 55 years. I was a member of 306 in 2004, working in White Plains NY before my back gave out and it became too expensive to travel 160 miles round trip 4 days a week.

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markp commented about Glen Oaks Theater on Mar 4, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Hey techman707, maybe if more companies had a good list of “rules” and decent projectionists, theatres wouldn’t be the way they are today. I mean lets face it, if qualified people were still running film, I believe there never would have been this huge push to digital. And maybe if these companies would have stuck to say 6 or 8 plexes (maybe 10 at the most), why maybe movies wouldn’t make it so fast to video. But this is just one mans opinion and after a nice 37 year run as a projectionist (coupled with my deceased dads 55 years).

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markp commented about Union Theaters on Feb 11, 2014 at 12:53 am

Last time I worked here was in Dec 1997, just a day before Titanic came out. It was a twin then and the new owner was taking over the next day and went non-union. Shortly after he made it 7 screens. I know even when I worked there water would pour into the building after heavy snow. I wonder if this could be the reason for the unsafe condition mentioned by shany94.