Comments from Ross Melnick

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Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick commented about *** Comments and Behavior On This Site *** on Dec 7, 2013 at 2:44 pm

I’ll make a note of it for the future, but it may be the adblocker which we could not fix unfortunately.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick commented about *** Comments and Behavior On This Site *** on Dec 7, 2013 at 9:52 am

Great idea, Roger. We’ll add this to our list of potential upgrades to the site.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick commented about *** Comments and Behavior On This Site *** on Dec 6, 2013 at 6:36 pm

P.S. Please don’t upload lo-res illegible thumbnails, per Scott’s request, and DO NOT COPY IMAGES FROM CINEMA TOUR OR ANYWHERE ELSE. Always good to remind people. Thanks again. :)

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick commented about *** Comments and Behavior On This Site *** on Dec 6, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments, Scott. I agree with you that it’s frustrating to see obvious inaccuracies, but we’re grateful to have everyone’s input. Crowd-sourced information can be (often) unreliable but valuable just the same. I have seen numerous instances in which people have not posted anything about a theater but good information is suddenly added when correcting previous inaccuracies.

We definitely should correct previous errors. After all, sites like Cinema Treasures and CinemaTour are used for research and we should and do take that responsibility seriously. This notice and Ken’s new monitoring is an effort, though, to end the bickering and the nastiness. I agree that 99% of the time everyone here is respectful and courteous and that I’m focusing this week on the 1%. For 13 years we’ve let most of the pettiness go because we can’t patrol behavior. The past two weeks, though, a few arguments escalated out of control.

It’s sad to think of all of the times people have walked away from sites like this one because they don’t want to be attacked for being accidentally inaccurate or because they can’t spell, etc. All I’m looking for is a little patience and courtesy.

The Internet masks identity and I can almost guarantee that many of the arguments on this site and others wouldn’t happen if people were face to face. So, my fellow CT users, if you wouldn’t say it in person, don’t say it in a post.

As for all of the comments on this thread — after 13 years, it really means a lot to all of us that you still care about the mission and the site. I sincerely thank you Scott and everyone else on this thread for all of your support. It means a lot — especially this week.

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Ross Melnick commented about *** Comments and Behavior On This Site *** on Dec 6, 2013 at 7:14 am

There have been numerous antagonisms over the past few weeks. If you’ve missed them, it’s because Ken does such an amazing job of deleting them. In the future, it will be the comment and the user that is deleted. I wish it weren’t so but it’s gotten out of hand. As a volunteer website, we don’t have staff to deal with the workload that these issues create. We’ve tried very hard not to create this kind of draconian one-strike policy but there’s little choice now. It’s either this or close the comments.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick commented about *** Comments and Behavior On This Site *** on Dec 5, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Please notify Ken Roe if you see a violation of the user policy.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick commented about *** Comments and Behavior On This Site *** on Dec 5, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Thank you, Ed. My nice guy routine is over. Policy violated, user suspended. From now on, that’s it.

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Ross Melnick commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 27, 2013 at 8:00 am

A few years ago, Andreas Fuchs and I wrote a new chapter, revised the old book, created new theater pages, and then a new publisher came in to MBI and killed the new edition just before it went to press. Cost cutting at its finest. Thus, there are no revised versions of the book on the docket. It is now officially out of print but the CTA has copies for sale and there are some tattered used ones for sale in other outlets.

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Ross Melnick commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 26, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Thanks, Al. The book was a true labor of love. It means a lot to me that you enjoyed it.

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Ross Melnick commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 26, 2013 at 8:04 pm

No problem at all, Ed! I didn’t want anyone to think that their content or photos would ever be removed by us.

Also, per the issue of off-topic comments, I rarely respond to these kinds of issues or even small disagreements on the site. But my inbox is filling up with angry comments about some of the behavior lately and it forces me to have to deal with it.

I love this site and I love all of our users but I hate the petty personal stuff. The site has been online for thirteen years and I used to be much more tolerant of disagreements, but time is a precious commodity these days and I like to spend it on the positive and not the negative.

Happy Thanksgiving and please keep it on topic, even if I just violated that policy here.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 26, 2013 at 7:29 pm

I am, however, removing off topic comments made on this page. As you know, we rarely step into these matters but it’s time to remind everyone — and I mean everyone — that off-topic comments will be removed without favoritism. Please keep this discussion related to RCMH.

As for our longtime member, Chuck Van Bibber, his presence is deeply missed and his contributions to the site are everlasting.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 26, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Just to be clear, Ed, no one at Cinema Treasures has removed a single comment or photo from Chuck’s account.

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Ross Melnick commented about Keeping It Cool on Jul 2, 2013 at 1:36 pm

As always, Edward brings the truth. I doubt the same article from Boxoffice or Film Journal would produce the same issues.

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Ross Melnick commented about Loew's Pitkin Redeveloped As Charter School on Jul 2, 2013 at 9:51 am

Thanks for the insightful comments about the “renovation.” It would have been nice if they were a bit more forthcoming about the interior.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick commented about The Battle Over Texting Continues on Jul 2, 2013 at 9:48 am

Indeed, talkers have always been a problem — as I observed two nights ago as well — but it’s the texting/light pollution that’s new.

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Ross Melnick commented about United Artists Long Beach Theatre on Jan 31, 2013 at 6:22 pm

You can catch a glimpse of this theater at 12:39 in this film on YouTube.

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Ross Melnick commented about Kingsway Theatre on Oct 12, 2012 at 10:14 am

Please note that Cinema Treasures has once again removed comments, links, etc. that refer to an ongoing feud between one party and the operators of this theater. Cinema Treasures is not a place for this conversation and will not be a venue for this kind of debate. Any additional postings about this issue will also be deleted.

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Ross Melnick commented about Century Aurora on Jul 26, 2012 at 9:57 am

Thanks ‘Mikeoaklandpark’. We’re hoping to be able to add additional social media features in the near future.

For now, thank you all for your thoughtful conversation about this theater and the victims.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick commented about Century Aurora on Jul 24, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Just wanted to express my continued shock, disgust, and upset at what happened in Aurora. An unfathomable act of savagery and murder.

I also wanted to respond to those who asked that we suspend comments on this page a few days ago. Unfortunately, I have been away at a funeral since Thursday and thus away from the site. I will keep my eye on the comments from here on and hope they stay within the bounds of good taste and sensitivity.

Cinema Treasures is a place to comment on all aspects of a theater and its history. Tragically, this event is inextricably bound to the Century Aurora 16. I hope the ability to comment on this page will give us all time to reflect on what has happened and how to prevent it from ever happening again.

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Ross Melnick commented about Tiki Theatre on Jul 19, 2012 at 11:11 am

For more information on the “experience” of going to the Tiki, see this article which quotes a Yelp reviewer: http://laist.com/2012/07/19/fred_willard_arrested_for_lewd_cond.php

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Ross Melnick commented about Warner Beverly Hills Groundbreaking on Jul 13, 2012 at 6:45 pm

My pleasure. I was excited to find it. What a loss.

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Ross Melnick commented about New Book about Samuel 'Roxy' Rothafel - "American Showman" 30% Discount on Apr 17, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Thanks, Henry. I hope the book will be engaging for those inside and outside academe. It was certainly written with both audiences in mind. By the way, there is an examination (of course) of Roxy’s time in Carbondale and Forest City and the many other small cities and towns he lived and/or worked in before arriving in New York. I look forward to your thoughts! — Ross

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Ross Melnick commented about Cinema Treasures featured in the New York Times on Aug 29, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Thanks everyone. This site is all about our users. You guys made Cinema Treasures what it is today.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick commented about Movie ticket price hits all-time high on Aug 5, 2011 at 9:41 am

According to NATO, the average ticket price in 2002 was $5.80. Since 2002, the National Average Wage Index has risen from roughly $33,000 to $41,000. Both are roughly similar in percentage increases.

These are just numbers though. Millionaire CEOs don’t care about two dollar increases in ticket prices. Others whose salaries have not risen much or at all in several years may go less frequently, especially as ticket prices reach twelve or twenty dollars in some locations.

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Ross Melnick commented about McDonald's Hopes to Fry the Detroit Theater on Jul 20, 2011 at 12:20 pm

:)