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ceasar commented about Loud previews disturb patrons, hurt exhibitors on Sep 25, 2007 at 11:36 am

You’re right about the farmland being phased out. Even some farmers here going to grow corn in the Delta for biofuels.
Now in Cental Mississippi like in the Jackson Metro area,the captital doesn’t have cinema anymore. Now with the satellite communiiteis around Jackson they’re growing. Madison made the top ten living list and already it has two cineams. The Northpark 14,a box cinema from Northpark Mall,and the Malco 17. Northpark 14 has been having crime issues as well as Cinema 14 Clinton. But if I was the rank the best it would be Tinseltown in Pearl,a stadium cinema.
Now as for Vicksburg’s cinema demise,the Regel Entertaintment Group built that cinema originally. Now when box cinemas returned why didn’t they build one here? I asked that question on thier feedback too. I figure it got sold to Village Entertainment becouse of weak profit margins. Now Regel nor Village didn’t do a marketing study on how to improve cinema at all. They both remained the same in catering to the same audience—blacks and teenagers. Under Village Entertainment the cinema quickly detoratied. And thanks to a few people here they told how lousy of a tenant which Village Entertainment was. Under both Regel and Village I suspect the cinema was losing money becouse the teens were and are going to Jackson Metro area for better films. Listen even some Disney famliy films didn’t open at all. I can tell lousy is subjective but I believe this port got second and third rate films. And when a film was released in Jackson say January it didn’t come to Vicksburg until 6 months later. Case example: Oh Brother Where Art Thou? opens in Jaunary of 2001; opens in May or June of 2001. But most of the films were tailored to the black populace not to the whites.
When I was listening to the local talk radio show this morning. A not so bright banker made the point of his friends illegal downloading films off the internet as cutting into the cinema as well as ticket cost. But he missed that pointed becouse some legel sites to download films are on the way.

ceasar commented about Loud previews disturb patrons, hurt exhibitors on Sep 24, 2007 at 3:07 pm

Come to think of it I don’t notice that speakers are placed on the back wall nor around the screen. Have anyone ever notice that? or is there a reason for this?

ceasar commented about Loud previews disturb patrons, hurt exhibitors on Sep 24, 2007 at 10:39 am

Meaningless cheap shot posts don’t go no where with me. I see no point in them.
As for sound I have this interesting. U know at the Clinton 14 which I now frequent the sound was not loud on their movie trailers at all. One of my friends hopes this town new cinema if it ever gets a new one he told me he would love to see a digital cinema. He told how wonderful the experince was. As for DTS sound it’s so clear and hardly no static.

ceasar commented about Loud previews disturb patrons, hurt exhibitors on Sep 21, 2007 at 9:27 am

Now that was one beautiful cinema! I wonder how many patrons did it feel in it’s time. I have a flickr account my self too I might add.

ceasar commented about Loud previews disturb patrons, hurt exhibitors on Sep 19, 2007 at 3:24 pm

I thought it was. Anyway what I have learned about cinema loudspeakers. They’re usually elongated and placed on opposite walls of the cinema. The speakers don’t looklike stereospeakers in your cd player. The speakers run the length of the wall.
Now in some stadium cinemas I’ve been on for example. They use box speakers and set them like steps. But both are designed to acheive the samething. Hey u recall sensurround? It was first used in the movie EarthQuake with Charleton Heston. The goal of this sound at the time to put the viewer in the middle of the earthquake. I wonder if sound tech could recreate the samething? in today’s cinema sound technology?

ceasar commented about Loud previews disturb patrons, hurt exhibitors on Sep 19, 2007 at 11:08 am

No problem. Sorry about that.
I remember when movie optic sound used THX sound. I was at Clinton 14 and they had converted over to digital sound for their films and trailers. People were more cordial and few interrruptions with cellphones and rudeness. But the digital sound wasn’t too loud at all it was just right. And the new sound was much clearer I might add.

ceasar commented about Loud previews disturb patrons, hurt exhibitors on Sep 18, 2007 at 9:17 am

Hey theatrebuff I can tell you the archtech style of Pemberton Cinema 4. Honestly it was quite bland. By bland I mean the colors were stale and not bright. I’ve been to all sorts cinemas in Texas,Gathersburg,Maryland. I went to a multiplex there it was a ten screen one I might add. It was colorful,lighted. Even the Pecanland Mall Cinema in Monroe,La had some claas to it. Example it has its box office outside of the cineama. Everything was roomy. Now the Cinemmark stadium cinema’s which I went and when I was on the island of St. Maartin last year I went to one there and it had a lot of color about it.
Now what Pemberton Mall’s real problem has been crime. Last year several instances of crime mostly done by young blacks alone. Already CBL is getting desperate in attracting new businesses but I can tell all I see is there for lease signs and no tenants. Last year the cinema was used by some thugs to break into the mall and they robbed the electronic store of XBoxes. Now the problem with redneck Vicksburg shakers and movers they don’t want to tell the locals anything. And they often never cared about the locals and as a result they now discovered that money is leaving their coffiers like crazy and they don’t know what to do about it. U see these local shakers and movers don’t want to compete with Jackson nor Monroe. Now that the local money has bee moving out there in a panic. A panic of thier on making. They always got jealous of the Jacksno metro area. Now times have changed and their weakness is they can’t deal with it.
I did see a FOR SALE sign on the old cinema when I was at the mall last weekend. But the cinema I remember was the Joy Cinema which was torned down over twenty years ago. It had an art deco flare about it and it was a single screen cinema I suspect constructed back in the early ‘60s.

ceasar commented about Loud previews disturb patrons, hurt exhibitors on Sep 17, 2007 at 12:57 pm

I notice this when the old Pemberton 4 was open. What’s the point in showing a commericial? My favorite part are the movie trailers not a Pepsi coke commercial.

ceasar commented about September 11th and the meaning of movies in our lives on Sep 12, 2007 at 9:39 am

The Civil War grudge has always been real issue down here. But the young ones have gotten smart on these elders who bear this dumb grudge. What struck me about 9/11 this port didn’t send any of thier own Police help out like other members of the country did. And with a new mayor elected at the time he cut funds to fire department which in my honest opinion was stupid. But all of us Southers helped out during 9/11. I honestly wanted to go up there and help. One of my friends described this town’s real problem at the time was this: that they didn’t know what to do. But since 9/11 I have met some cool New Yorkers I might add. I met a few from Brooklyn I might add who were down here helping out with Katrina.
By the way what made this hurricane season interesting two rapidly developed cat5s storms.

ceasar commented about September 11th and the meaning of movies in our lives on Sep 11, 2007 at 9:02 am

Well I haven’t forgotten. Where some locals here acted callus and insentive over what happened,I gave money to help out the families.I wanted to go to NYC and help to be honest with u. But what made my morning this morning? Well at my alma Warren Central High School the ROTC are lined up for thier commerative on this day. Also Theatrebuff I’ve become a 9/11 historian. Any new documentry that comes on,I’ll watch it. Right I’m reading the Looming Towers and I’ll be reading about the photographers next. Which I’m looking forward too. Now here’s one story that didn’t get told during the week of 9/11. Those that jumped from the world trade center. The editors self censored stories related to it; news broadcasters back off from showing the videos. I can’t blame them at the time. I learned all of this from the Discovery Times documentry the Falling Guy which is photographed which didn’t get published in all of the papers.
But Lower Manhattan in the present has sprang back to life. They make Vicksburg look redneck stupid in my opinion. U know no one from Vicksburg didn’t go to help New Yorkers at all. Now that’s insenitivity at its worst. Some here still bear a civil war grudge-I say to them: Get over it.

ceasar commented about September 11th and the meaning of movies in our lives on Sep 10, 2007 at 10:49 am

I can tell you Vicksburg Ms reacted much differently to the 9/11 attacks. At where I worked everything was thrown into chaos,I heard rumors of Al Qaeda being here as well. I tried to get those veritfied. Then one story that got out was about the Arabic doctor who said he was pleased to see the world trade towers fall. As a result he mysteriously disappeared. One thing that stood out the old Pemberton Mall closed at 1pm that afternoon. But when it came to sending volunteers this town didn’t send any up to New York City. But the other parts of the state did. I feel that Vicksburg has an arrogant insenstive attitude toward anyone or anything new.
As for a new cinema questions are now being asked on why the city the size of Vicksburg which is 25,000 and 49,000 county doesn’t have one.

ceasar commented about September 11th and the meaning of movies in our lives on Sep 7, 2007 at 9:25 am

I’m not referring to Philelphia Mississippi at all. I’m not kidding you I did go Philelphia,Penn. I had to catch a US Airways flight from there to Barcelona,Spain. Now the worst airport in my opinion is Jackson International Airport outside of Jackson. No color,everything stade and stale looking. But the Philly Airport I like the fact that the railroad station is connected to it; in Spain Madrid was the worst. U know I’ve never seen Philly International from the entrance side at all. But Barcelona’s international airport is a classy one through out all the terminuses. And I want to comeback and visit Philly.

ceasar commented about September 11th and the meaning of movies in our lives on Sep 6, 2007 at 9:07 am

Hey theatrebuff when I took my second trip to Europe. I had an oppertunity to lay over at Philadelphia International Airport. In fact I layed over twice. I went through effecient TSA security. But I can tell you the airport is very colorful I love the movie posters which dot the escalator ride and highlight the movies shot there. And it was never dull a moment neither.

ceasar commented about September 11th and the meaning of movies in our lives on Sep 5, 2007 at 11:18 am

I did the samething by the way. I saw most of the movies mentioned above. Still Legelly Blonde stands out for me that weekend. And I went to comedies,dramas,while at the sametime I started my own collection of photo books of 9/11. One thing I didn’t do with my photo books was to look at the photographs for a while. I’ve also have 9/11 dvd collection with World Trade Center,United 93 documentries,news casts etc. But the film I’m looking forward to watching is September 11th and it shows how the tradgy affected various filmmakers around the globe.

ceasar commented about Regal Riviera brings people downtown on Sep 5, 2007 at 10:24 am

Well did you know that Regel Entertainment Group owned the now dead Pemberton Cinema 4 here in Vicksburg? Well it was a four screen mulitplex but around 2003-04 they sold it Village Entertainment our of Valipariso,Indiana. Now Regel when it was the cinema operator here for over ten years;they didn’t follow the trend of building a box cinema like they did in the sattelite communities in and around the Jackson Metro area. Another item they would show movie trailers here but the movie never opened and thier biggest mistake was keeping black films for over a long peirod of time.
Now why would Regel build Clinton a brand new 14 screen cinema and not give the Vicksburg market the same treatment? Anyway I suspect Regel sold Pemberton Mall Cinema 4 to Village due to weak profit turn over and high rent issues with CBL Associates which are headquarted in Chatanooga,Tn.

ceasar commented about Residents fight for Whiteside on Sep 5, 2007 at 9:23 am

I suggest that the residents fight back real hard. Contact as much news media as possiple to embarrass some local yahoos. Here in Vickbsurg no one had a chance becouse CBL closed the cinema taking the resident by surprise.

ceasar commented about September 11th and the meaning of movies in our lives on Sep 5, 2007 at 9:21 am

What I remember about 9/11 was how insensitve some of the leaders of Vicksburg Ms acted. I heard accounts that some were glad to see the towers come down. Also the city didn’t exstend a hand at all to help those in New York. But the credit should go to some of the merchants here who set up a fund at the time becouse I contributed money for the families. I ran into some transplanted New Yorkers and some told me about Manhatton and such. Just thinking how certain narrow minded leaders here acted still incense me from time to time. Also I heard all sorts of stories. Get this one of the Arabic doctors who worked at the local hospitol was real pleased to hear that the towers fell. I can tell all sorts of Al Qaeda rumors were flying down here.
The worst thing that these community leaders didn’t do was send to help when NYC really neaded.

ceasar commented about September 11th and the meaning of movies in our lives on Sep 4, 2007 at 5:10 pm

U hit on the money. What those Hollywood MBAs don’t get is why thier cinema numbers have dropped despite having action hits during the summertime. U know what problem I uncovered when our Cinema 4 was open and it was owned by Regel Entertainment Group and then Village Entertainment. In thier marketing they would bring in more black films here but not enough to appeal to the white ones. Another factor I uncovered operators would hold over a black film for months at a time. Which forced the whites here to go the Jackson Market where the choices were better. But I can tell you even the cinem operators here slighted the blacks too. Especially when a movie like Chicago or Dreamgirls was in release.

ceasar commented about September 11th and the meaning of movies in our lives on Sep 4, 2007 at 4:12 pm

Kirk you’re right on the money about the World War two films too. Also I believe a lot fans and movie goers are getting tired of political correct and political angenda films which are antiwar. I would love to see more 9/11 films but shows the human side. Not see a tradgy exploited for political purposes.

ceasar commented about September 11th and the meaning of movies in our lives on Sep 4, 2007 at 4:08 pm

I saw the Guys on DVD and I watched it again on Starz a few weeks ago. What I like about it—it show how a tradegy affects us. I even put myself in Sig Weaver’s shoes for it made me ask myself what would’ve I done? How would I wrote an eulogy. But LePaglia and Weaver even gave this small film a sense of humor.

ceasar commented about September 11th and the meaning of movies in our lives on Sep 4, 2007 at 3:24 pm

Listen I remember it like yesterday. No kidding Late Movies. Want to know what movie I saw the weekend of Sept 14? Well for me,since the new releases were delayed,I went to go see Legally Blonde with Reese Witherspoone. I said to myself,having been through an extraordinary week,I wanted laugh. So When I saw Legally Blonde—it made my day. And by November the Lord of the Rings as well. And the dvd Amelie as well. For that year I visited London,Paris for my first time.
One fact I did learn when this tragedy occured how would Tinseltown cope with it. It has turned out psychogolically they couldn’t handle it. The trauma effected them. But I can tell you that very few 9/11 films haven’t fared at the box office. These include United 93 and Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center. I’ve become a critic of these films becouse of historical accuracy. And familiy sensitivies. Frankly with a slew Anti-Irag war films coming out in the fall I expect those pushing a political agenda to be floppers. Already Brian DePalma is getting criticism by Iraq Vets accussing tinseltown of aiding and abetting terrorists.
At least on my 9/11 weekend I laughed but lower Manhatton wasn’t to far from my mind. U know I want to visit New York City now.

ceasar commented about Digital cinema widebreak on Sep 4, 2007 at 9:34 am

U hit right on the button. U see that’s Vicksburg real weaknesses. They can’t adjust to change like those of us can. The leaders here are now paying the price for shortsightfulness. Becouse now at the sametime there has been a population loss according to US Census. Warren County is now ranked 14th and it hasn’t broken out that mode. In 2000 the county had 49,581 now six years later there has been a drop by -271 which has the population at 49,308. Now the city planner stated that population has grown. Now Vicksburg own city population hasn’t grown either. It has remained at 25,000. I believe Corporate cinema chains pay attantion to this.
Personally I wouldn’t mind a digital cinema here at all. Now the dumb city planner when he got the local am talk show he was bragging that the retail corporations got it all wrong. I believe they got it right becouse they look at this stuff.

ceasar commented about AMC Meyer Park 16 is closed on Aug 31, 2007 at 2:18 pm

Speaking of box cinema trends,the former cinema operators Regel Entertainment and Village Entertainment never went out to scout for property fot give Vicksburg a new cinema. In Clinton,Madison,Ridgeland and Pearl they got the newer cinemas. As a result the viewer in the Jackson metro market had more choices. Where is the locals here had thier choices narrowed. Both chains never went out to build a new box cinema; as a result the teen market moved out of this market and into the Madison,Pearl,Clinton markets. Now what chased away the local teen market? Two factors I believe: limited choices. Black films got held over more than several months times not allowing new releases;crime happening in the cinema as well. And the owners letting the property fall into deteraitiion. Crime in Pemberton Mall has been one major issue that CBL has to deal with. I wouldn’t be surprise if mall owners are shocked that there having a real hard time finding a new operator to fill that space. On the old Cinema 4 box office I saw FOR SALE on it.
One more fact the Mayor bragged after the cineam closed that his town would have cinema by summer. And nothing hasn’t transpired and the anger hasn’t gone away.

ceasar commented about Pemberton 4 to close on Aug 29, 2007 at 11:37 am

Paul u check the Village Entertainment site Pemberton is no longer mentioned. Also here it is close to fall and the local yahoo leaders are scrambling to get a new cinema here. So far they haven’t got anyone definite.

ceasar commented about Rialto now dark on Aug 28, 2007 at 4:11 pm

Bet the Rialto was a cinema of its day. I can tell you the Pemberton Cinema 4 is closed and leaves this town with no cinema at all. But in this town’s heyday there was the Strand,the Joy theatre. The Joy I remember was an old single screen like the Rialto and was torn down in the ‘80s in downtown.
Thus far the Cineme 4 is vacated space with FOR SALE on the box office window.