AMC Rockaway 16

363 Mt. Hope Avenue,
Rockaway, NJ 07866

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moviebuff82 on October 13, 2018 at 4:41 pm

The seat count of this theater should be reduced on this page since Imax was installed and later dolby cut down the number of seats. I can’t wait until the imax gets renovated with new seats and laser and audio upgrades…

moviebuff82 on September 14, 2018 at 3:35 pm

Advance tickets are on sale for venom in 3d regular and imax while a star is born gets the dolby treatment along with the regular version. Venom was mixed in dolby atmos as well as mastered in dolby vision so I think it’s a bit disappointing.

moviebuff82 on September 12, 2018 at 3:04 pm

I know. Remember when showmanship was great years ago?

markp on September 12, 2018 at 8:48 am

Well with managers having to take care of booth duties these days, I guess they just don’t have time to take care of old xenon bulbs and other projection issues.

alpinedownhiller on September 12, 2018 at 1:55 am

whoa it made part of my text huge and red again, sorry, must be something about using the “#” symbol?

alpinedownhiller on September 12, 2018 at 1:54 am

anyway, if they wanted it on one of the smaller screens, why on Earth not put it on #13 as they did for Grease and the better of the two sets West Side Story showings (including the Wed ones last time; the Sun ones were on #5 had the dim, if also very crisp and sharp, projection that faded out a lot towards the edge of the screen). Same size screen too as #14,#5, again barely any seating difference between #13 and #5, just a few seats. That one has speakers set perfectly for this (#5 is pretty good in this regard though too) and top level projection. So why stick something so hugely visual as this one in #5 which has been bungled for months in some ways?

13 has crisp, bright, saturated, sharp amazing projection unlike #5 which has been having very crisp and sharp but dark projection that for some reason has been washing out towards the sides of the screen. Both have the audio set perfectly for something like this (unlike certain other screens which would be too loud and piercing or too loud and boomy and unbalanced, granted #14 has had a few odd issues, something the audio great if a trace loud other times something weird where for all or part of the movie it’s sounded a bit boomy and something odd with the treble not sure if one speaker, maybe a center or some equalizer has a loose connection?? Last two times I was there though the audio was fine though, but it has varied in #14 in recent times).

And really it would’ve been cool for them to just use #16 for two showings of this like they do for a lot of Fathom stuff, huge screen, audio great for this sort of thing. I guess the one worry on #16 is whether they show it correctly like for ET last Sept. and South Pacific this August or whether they go back to deciding for some reason to apparently stream it even though for Fathom Classics you both don’t need to and should not stream it, extra so when you have the color range set wrong for that and it looks all faded out. Did South Pacific looking perfect and amazing there again mean they finally got that straightened out again for good? Or was it the just a rare time like with E.T. they got it right?

alpinedownhiller on September 12, 2018 at 1:42 am

who not sure why some of the text became gigantic and red in my last post

alpinedownhiller on September 12, 2018 at 12:59 am

Shit. Why the heck did they suddenly pull The Sound Of Music from #14 and swap it to #5? This is the sort of movie that is so visual and demands a fresh projection bulb and a good screen.

5 has something wrong with it, the projection bulb is worn out and the edges of the screen totally fade out in brightness, contrast and saturation in a weird way now

14 has perfect projection

both the same size screen and the seating total difference is so small, I mean what does it even matter one vs. the other that they had to switch it?

why move TSOM from the screen with the premiere projection and put Christopher Robin which has been out for weeks and weeks already and doesn’t need top projection as critically?

this is the second time they have ever showed TSOM here and now both times they have stuck on a shitty messed up screen that they have let run to pot, last time they had it on a bigger #7 but the projector was totally out of sorts and had huge color fringes around everything and this time they put on a screen with an all but burned out bulb and somethign wrong with the projection where if you sit on the left, then the whole right edge looked totally faded out or if you sit on the right then the whole left edge looks totally faded out and if oyu sit in the middle both sides look a bit faded out and just overall the bulb is almost burned out

so why swap the movie that screams for the best projection and rarely plays for a movie that doesn’t require top projection, they had even better choices than even CR to move to #5 films that are not very visual at all, and move it to one with dingier projection? I mean what because of like 100 vs 120 seats or something? It won’t make a difference either way.

and why let the projection quality keep running to the ground on certain screens here? once upon a time, maybe before the Chinese buy out of AMC, all the screens used to pretty much always have good projection

moviebuff82 on September 5, 2018 at 7:24 pm

Dolby cinema now has closed caption and audio description for those who are deaf or blind.

moviebuff82 on September 1, 2018 at 6:02 pm

The thing is you can’t use the A-List on fathom events. This weekend every marvel movie will be shown in the imax auditorium including for the first time iron man and incredible hulk. Mission impossible is back in dolby for a few weeks until the nun comes out before the predator comes out in both dolby and imax. Pretty soon amc a list and Sinemia will be the only choices as movie pass will go extinct.

alpinedownhiller on August 31, 2018 at 6:23 pm

The Fathom classics mostly don’t use satellite feed (other than maybe they were accidentally using that option for some show in #16 when they;d have been bettr off using the regular method which is available for the Fathom Classics). Anyway, so far, I’ve never had a Fathom Classics, no matter what they used to show it, not run. Also aren’t they like only $1-2 more than a regular show at most? And actually less than some regular shows.

moviebuff82 on August 30, 2018 at 4:00 pm

And in December, Schindler’s List returns in 4k Dolby Cinema. I saw this movie on DVD as I was a bit too young to see it, i saw pieces of it when it was on NBC for its TV premiere and i fell asleep. This was a well shot and well paced movie that deserved to win the oscar for best picture. The little girl who is the only character to be in color would become the main star in Alice in Wonderland, Mia Wasawoka or what’s her name. I actually don’t go to the fathom events, as those are more expensive than a regular show and i hear reports of the satellite feed not working. The price for fathom is a bit higher than regular but not as much as Dolby and Imax and 3d. I think AMC needs to add reserved seating to its 14 theatres in the near future so that they can control the crowds better. The displays used for the reserved seating are kinda small but I always sit in the reserved seat next to my dad and stay there if he has to go to the bathroom or get a snack, and vice versa.

MGrennille on August 29, 2018 at 10:50 pm

That is good to hear…Looking forward to more Fathom Events in the future. Jurassic Park in September.

alpinedownhiller on August 29, 2018 at 7:35 pm

Saw South Pacific here on screen #16 and happy to say that they got the Fathom Classic events shown correctly on #16 again finally. First time since ET otherwise for the last two plus years they kept showing it oddly with the extreme edges of the screen blank and the black levels more like gray and saturation and contrast faded out. I wonder if since that theater can handle live streaming if they hadn’t been mostly streaming all the Fathom stuff in #16 even the Classic stuff where you can also get a much superior standard regularly, non-stream delivery and then had the live streaming set to maybe standard movie 0-255 levels when maybe they were sending out 16-235 video levels?

Anyway, whatever the case, they seemed to use a normal non-streamed one today and everything look amazing, good black levels, rich colors, very crisp and sharp, perfect audio. Fantastic presentation.

And this is one that really seems like you’ve never even seen the movie before it plays so differently on the big screen. It felt like it was the first time I had ever seen it.

Films of this sort just have to be seen on the big screen.

And it awesome it was on #16, one of the largest non-IMAX/Dolby screens around (heck, I think it is at least as large as the Clifton IMAX).

alpinedownhiller on August 29, 2018 at 7:29 pm

If you still can, catch it tonight! It’s a different movie on a giant screen like that compared to at home. As you say they showed it the full way too with full intermission, post credit music, etc.

It’s not as sharp as the 70mm versions shown at Paramus a few months ago, but looks good. And the impact on a huge screen is not to be missed. Some movies like this and some others almost seem like different films when seen in the theater.

moviebuff82 on August 27, 2018 at 11:35 am

I heard that the digital HD imax version of 2001 was decent based on what others said. This release is the widest it has ever had since it was reissued in the 1970s. The running time of the movie is mostly composed of the feature film, plus the entracte intermission, and end music. I’ll probably wait until it hits 4k bluray and buy it for cheap…i own 2001 on itunes and the quality of the master is pretty good.

moviebuff82 on August 14, 2018 at 3:17 pm

The theater today was evacauted due to a fire alarm that started when someone smoked in the theater.

moviebuff82 on August 12, 2018 at 4:02 pm

Last night heavy thunderstorms caused the power at this theater to go out until it reopened late at night.

alpinedownhiller on August 9, 2018 at 3:53 pm

yeah that is a weird thing, MI is better in IMAX since it has a number of scenes with expanded screen and the Meg probably works better in Dolby since you get 4K and don’t lose expanded screens, since this is basically the reverse of what would be best for each

although I think the pretty large screen #1 is probably good enough for the Meg for me in this particular case

moviebuff82 on August 9, 2018 at 3:48 pm

The meg is not playing in dolby but mission impossible is still playing in dolby. closest theater is in paramus. Boo. I’d rather see that in dolby instead of liemax.

moviebuff82 on August 7, 2018 at 6:16 pm

Is dolby louder than IMAX?

alpinedownhiller on August 7, 2018 at 5:03 pm

Laser IMAX is pretty awesome (certainly the system they use on the real IMAX screens is at least)

hope the new rocker seats are not too large, since that makes for seating harder to find at the optimal distance and the mall already sells out big event stuff even with the current small seats

alpinedownhiller on August 7, 2018 at 4:59 pm

yeah it’s way too loud and the Dolby Cinemas tend to also be pretty treble hot which makes them real ear burners I have to wear earplugs for many screens, including this one (of course that reduces the audio quality a bit but better than adding ever more damage to hearing).

MGrennille on August 7, 2018 at 10:17 am

Saw Fallout in Dolby over the weekend with my g/f. Is it me, or is it just “too loud”? I can handle a lot, but every time we come out of that theater, we both have major headaches.