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mediaace commented about Medford Square 1-2-3 on Mar 20, 2006 at 7:22 am

The owner of the Medford Cinema was realtor Frank Andre, who also operated a real estate office diagonally across the street from the Cinema. I took and passed my Dept. of Public Safety projectionist’s test in the Cinema 1 booth in the mid-1970s.

mediaace commented about Granada Theatre on Feb 21, 2006 at 6:17 pm

Having been a projectionist at the Granada, I can tell you that it was a single screen “movie palace” until 1965, when it was closed for renovations and the house was split. A new screen was installed at the foot of what had been the balcony, projected from the original booth. At that time, the Century 35mm projectors were outfitted with 4-track magnetic stereo heads. The new screen had three Altec A-7s behind it, with eight surround speakers around the rest of the house.
The original house had a new booth built under the balcony, outfitted with new Century 35mm/70mm projectors and arc lamphouses. The projectors could run optical mono, 4-track 35mm magnetic or 6-track 70mm prints. There were 5 Altec A-7s behind the screen and 8 surround speakers throughout the house. When the lower house was split at the beginning of the 1980s, the 35mm/70mm projectors were sold to pay for the renovations.