posted February 15, 2008 09:38 PM
i've only been inside one cinema and it was the ohio theater and man i felt like a horses ass when i said i was taking pictures for this web site. part of me thought the guy was gonna toss me out of there like i was lying. but he was fine with it once i gave him the website addy.
quote: man i felt like a horses ass when i said i was taking pictures for this web site.
About the only time I've felt strange was when I was taking pictures of the long closed Plitt Cinema Twin, in Amarillo, Texas. It neighbors a skateboard shop and the workers(?) felt the need to heckle me as I took pictures. I'm not really sure what their problem was (maybe being "skate punks" in Amarillo, Texas?).
From: Thomaston, CT
Registered: Feb 2003
posted February 16, 2008 07:22 AM
I've been chased after a couple of times as I took photos, usually from the chain theatres. I have had two Hoyts managers chase me down; one let me take photos of his theatre inside and out after a lecture about asking for permission, I was off and out before the other one even got to my car. After taking photos of a Showcase Cinemas theatre in Springfield, Massachusetts I was stopped by mall security and asked what I was doing. They were okay when they found out I was taking photos of the theatre. They had just been concerned I might be taking pictures of people, like maybe I'm some kind of stalker.
quote:About the only time I've felt strange was when I was taking pictures of the long closed Plitt Cinema Twin, in Amarillo, Texas. It neighbors a skateboard shop and the workers(?) felt the need to heckle me as I took pictures. I'm not really sure what their problem was (maybe being "skate punks" in Amarillo, Texas?).
yea i had a knotted stomach and my camera was crap "polaroid Izone" now i got a nikon and it works much better.
we need business cards though cuz i still feel like im lying when i say what im taking pics for. LOL
posted February 22, 2008 11:11 PM
LOL iguess they dont understand the importance of documenting theaters. its why we dont have much info or photos on the old jesse james drive in which was demolished decades ago. the guy was cool to me at the theater, i was just kinda paranoid like "what if he thinks im fake?"
but he was telling me how the theater was going to be "the" ohio theater and work is starting to preserve it. a steel bar was put in place recently to stop the front from falling off. hopefully its fully restored cuz i could use a neighborhood first run theater.
From: Marysville, WA
Registered: Dec 2003
posted April 10, 2008 10:37 PM
A few years ago I was sitting in the Q Cinema 9 in Omaha waiting for my buddy Larry Karstens to pick me up after work. I had my duffle bag with me. It contained my camera and probably 100 theatre photos. I was sitting in one of the auditoriums between showtimes, and I notice one of the employees come in and kind of "check me out." He left, and about 10 minutes later two cope came in and asked me to come out to the lobby to talk. They asked to see in my bag, and the cops and manager looked through there, and I had my camera and two or three lenses and a bunch of theatre photos, but nobody said boo about any of that stuff. Turns out that somebody saw me take out my little 2" Watchman TV in the auditorium and thought I was trying to videotape the movie that was showing. Nothing of the sort. I was bored and had 20 minutes till showtime, so I turned on the TV!
From: San Francisco, CA
Registered: Feb 2003
posted April 12, 2008 10:23 AM
I haven't had too many altercations with the police. Just a lot of mall security and theatre managers that think they can bully you around.
In El Paso last month Adam was taking pictures of an AWESOME GCC-6 that was sitting closed in the food court of the mall. Didn't notice or care about a thing until Adam had to set the flash off to get a good lobby shot through the gate. Then the security guard came over and asked what we were doing, I told him we were working on a cinema history project and he told us we'd have to leave and that before we did so he'd have to watch us delete the photos we took.
Luckily after I looked at him and asked him if he was serious, Adam told him that he didn't have to delete the photos, all the guard could do is ask us to leave. At that point the guard got pissy and on our way out the mall I heard him say something like "...and don't ever come back!" Which made me chuckle since why the hell would I want to go back to El Paso???
The thing that sticks in my craw is what if we were interested in re-opening the theatre? I see people all the time taking pictures of empty buildings or lots on the street that are interested in doing something with the property. Just because the theatre was in a mall the guard automatically assumes we've been taking pictures for "Girls Gone Wild: EL PASO!" Of course in our post confrontational rush we tossed around the idea of writing to the mall management saying we were indeed there to evaluate the theatre property but because of the way security treated us we wouldn't want to work with an organization like that. But the guy was just doing his job, apparently on auto-pilot since he couldn't (wouldn't) listen to any explanations.