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We drove down 22 just this past Saturday and saw this location for the first time in quite a while. Now fully signed in AMC branding but will always look like a Loews from that era.
True, Center Valley is much nicer. Carmike certainly built a bunch along the lines of the Allentown location all over the country. I think that was a holdover from the Martin days, when they were Martin they had the same twin floor plan all over the south. I was never a huge AMC fan but Carmike really slipped into a “build it then run it into the ground” kind of operation.
An article I found said that the manager, the great Bill Tush, will continue in his roll. If you don’t remember his show “TUSH” or his time on the Superstation go to youtube, you won’t regret it!
Visited yesterday and it is unchanged from the Carmike days with the exception of some AMC logo stuff posted here and there(with plenty of Carmike still visible). Nothing special except dim projection. In desperate need of renovation, but I don’t expect to see AMC dump much in to it. Terrible location, the boys from Columbus must have agreed to the location from looking at a picture! Wish the Newvisions had not been sold out…
Looks just like Regal/Storey’s Delk 10. Seems like Storey was the last of the bigger local operators when they sold out to Regal, I never visited this location but the Delk was nice for a build of that era.
Eastern Federal was originally the H.B. Misielmann Company. They had theaters in NC, SC, GA and FL. They also owned American Theater Supply which supplied all of their theaters with a number of supplies. A previous poster was correct, while they were in the theater business it was often run like a sideline. They were big on the property end of things, they owned quite a few locations out right as well as the shopping centers that they were attached to. They also like to do ground leases in locations where they did not control the whole shopping center.
Was in the area yesterday, still sports the AMC signage.
Oh, I knew immediately where the bad back came from! Never knew a projectionist that didn’t have some wear and tear from film handling. From running arcs in the middle of summer in a hellishly hot, cramped DI booth to hauling prints to unreachable levels, it was always fun, but never easy. Now, convince the State in Easton PA that there are qualified projectionists out there so they will start a series of films. I’m told that is the reason that they won’t/don’t offer a film series. Good Holidays to you as well!
markp, I’m so glad to see you responded to hdtv267’s insensitive post. I stewed all last night after seeing it and intended to post something today about it. I’m going to guess he has never moved a print or carried film cans up steep steps, ladders and all of the other tortures that theater designers had devised. My guess is his heavy lifting involved a 55" Samsung…certainly never 3 or 4 prints into his car, then across the parking lot and up to he booth!
Am I the only one here that looks at these N. NJ comments just to see if the relentless posting and counter-posting is still going on? Somebody here just needs to give it up!
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Article about the area around the Jersey from the Jersey Journal. http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2016/10/jersey_city_envisions_new_arts_district_behind_loe.html
Was in Scranton today and drove by, didn’t see any activity at this site. Everything outside that identified it as previously a theatre has been removed.
Location is currently a parking lot, no sign of a theatre at all. Next time we visit the area for dinner I’ll have a look around for anything that might remain. The Salvage store next door to the parking lot had a funny back storage area, might be something around there.
It is astounding the poor access to booths, especially when there was a twinning, etc. You can tell that whoever designed some of them never had to haul film cases up to the booth! A catwalk from one booth to the other, just wonder what OSHA would have to say about that today.
What a wonderful video! When moving to the N. NJ area 9 years ago I went to experience the Ziegfeld as quickly as I could, knowing all the time that the end was inevitable and I didn’t want to have missed out. Unfortunately, it is over now and those who never made the effort will have missed out on one of the great later palaces. (I also made a point of visiting the Loews Tower East 72nd street just before the AMC takeover, you knew the days there were numbered too.)
Now, what is next? I’ve missed the UPTOWN in DC during every visit, I hope it is still there next time I am.(but it’s hard to trust AMC) The Senator dodged a bullet and the Jersey still clings to life. The Lafayette is a treasure and there are still a number of local small town singles that still know how to put on a show.
Remember this Theater Lovers, none of our treasures are safe and we must do what we can to keep those that are viable open and preserve the memory of those that do not. Everyone should experience the magic of the opening curtain and the beautiful auditorium at least once so that they can understand the magic of the movies and what a professional presentation really is! Do your part; take your friends, kids, relatives, anybody you can to the next show that you can at the nearest remaining example of the pre-huge chain multiplex, even if they are using digital. Share the beauty and the magic; help create more and future lovers of Cinematreasures.
The center portion of this house looks a lot like the old Georgia Cinerama, I suspect that was the original twin portion. I doubt anybody built more theaters using the same basic plans as Martin did!
De Anza Land and Leisure from CA was the last owner I knew of, may have changed.
Wow! It is amazing how guys like this can line up financing and con property owners. I had heard that the closed Cineplex 6 screen in Kennesaw that EFW re-opened stayed open after EFW bailed to try to get the employees some money to cover their bounced checks with the landlord’s blessing.
There was “Duffy” involved in some of the various cinema and brewhouses back in the day around Atlanta. He was rumored to be tied up in some sort of monetary games back with the North Springs and a couple of other locations.
Today’s Express-Times says that Moravian has backed away from the sale. Bethlehem hopes that it will proceed with the other investor, but he says he is only interested if Moravian is in the deal.
Well, I’ll say that although I am a pretty good distance from Suffern (in the Lehigh Valley of PA), we try to go up as we can to see films and I think it is wonderful that they still try to present classics. We have a comparable theater here, the State, that I wish had an interest in screening classics from time to time, but they just don’t seem to care to do it. At one time in Atlanta, the Fox used to have a very good summer film program, but that has been scaled down over the years. Many cities have lost their film groups and clubs, so finding classics on the big screen is getting harder and harder, we should all applaud and support the Lafayette for doing what they can to screen the classics and maintain their wonderful facility. Some time ago someone posted something negative about seeing The Godfather at the Lafayette in digital and I’ll stand by my response then, “It will still be better than seeing The Godfather in digital at some 100 seat sticky floor, crackerbox multiplex or at home.” Kudos to the current operator of the Lafayette and to Nelson and Pete for everything they have all done to preserve such a wonderful place to spend a few hours.
Sale cancelled, so there is hope for the Boyd.
Sheriff’s sale scheduled for tomorrow, see
Troubling news today: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/warren-county/express-times/index.ssf/2014/10/washington_theatre_building_in.html
Washington Theatre building in danger of demolition