AMC Rockaway 16

363 Mt. Hope Avenue,
Rockaway, NJ 07866

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moviebuff82 on April 5, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Before I went to see Olympus has Fallen two days ago….i noticed something new…the front of the building now has a giant imax sign right next to the classic amc sign. The preshow abruptly ended when the trailers started. The presentation was very good and the sound mix was decent. Movie was good popcorn fun.

alpinedownhiller on February 28, 2013 at 12:07 pm

(At 1.78:1 60'ish width for the Rockaway IMAX and at 2.35:1 70'ish width for the Manville big screens I guess the total surface area is about the same for both so I guess they are sort of tied, along with likely a couple other digital IMAX screens, for largest in the state when they are all showing a film that matches the screen’s native native aspect ratio (although for 2.35:1 movies the Manville screen might look somewhat noticeably bigger while for 1.85:1 movies I guess the Rockaway would look bigger though).

Hard to be quite sure since the information seems to be closely held and hard to track down reliably. But being essentially tied for largest screen in the state and having no postage-sized stamps screens in any theater it’s about as good as it gets for NJ I think (although CA and some other areas can easily put it to shame).

(Largest screen in the nation is in NYC Lincoln Square but it’s kind of a nightmare to go into NYC just for a movie.)

Giles on February 28, 2013 at 11:54 am

^ correct ‘One Life’ was 1.85

alpinedownhiller on February 28, 2013 at 11:53 am

They messed up the aspect ratio when they showed One Life. They masked it to 2.35:1 but I’m 95% sure it was supposed to be 1.85:1.

alpinedownhiller on February 28, 2013 at 11:52 am

“moviebuff82: From what I read, Nolan shot the film in two aspect ratios….2:35.1 for the Panavision footage and 1:44.1 for the IMAX scenes. The digital imax is cropped to fit the small screen, so i’ll just go for regular digital anyways. Not much information is lost in the regular format (Just like with Dark Knight, nolan also shot it in regular alongside the IMAX cameras).”

Yeah it really is a shame that they never built a true IMAX screen here. I kept begging them to do it right and put in a giant real IMAX and a couple regular but ultra sized screens as well.

The IMAX Batman at Palisades theater in NY (72' wide IMAX which isn’t even all that large as IMAX goes) was unbelievable, lots of scenes took up the entire IMAX screen and they were so unbelievably sharp you thought that you were literally on the streets of NYC looking around.

They didn’t do too badly as multiplexes go though at Rockaway as even the smaller 8 screens are all at least an acceptable size, unlike at almost every other and perhaps even every other theater in the state, and then the four biggests ones are 50' and 56' sized I believe and the one converted to IMAX is probably a 60' 1:78:1 screen now.

That said we still have nothing to match what other parts of the country get with their 65'-85' regular screens and 75'–‘97 IMAX screens (and CA is just chock full of them giant IMAX screens plus regular screens that are 70-85’ wide). (I think the Reading Manville theaters in NJ has two 70' screens though, largest in the state I believe. Not sure. I don’t think any other screen anywhere in the state is larger than the 60' or so digital IMAX at Rockaway, although I think a few of the other digital IMAX screens in the state tie it).

For all the population and money in NJ we’ve typically been stuck with small screens. With the new theater building and all the room they had every chance in the world to finally give NJ a truly giant screen.

alpinedownhiller on February 28, 2013 at 11:24 am
  1. He meant total seating got slightly lowered when the put the IMAX screen in a few years ago since they removed the first few lower front rows of seats.

  2. No it is NOT weird that that it was kept dim during the credits. That is how the movies always used to be, certainly in the 70s, 80s and much of the 90s. The whole raise the lights and everybody stampedes out instantly is a recent and sometimes annoying phenomena. I hate when a movie ends on some dramatic note and you are still sucked into and boom they flip up the lights and it’s elephants charging out. It also makes it tricky to pull of fake endings ala Ferris Bueller these days. It was pretty annoying during Fast Five when everybody starts trying to charge out even though they even left that one dark and the ushers had to run in and try to re-seat everyone. And even more annoying when during two movies they actually raised the lights BEFORE it got to the credits, for the final3 or 4 minutes of a couple movies one of which was in the midst of a very dramatic ending scene. People are way too damn impatient. I’m glad that theaters are starting to at least keep the lights dimmed into at least half the credits now more and more.

moviebuff82 on February 24, 2013 at 10:09 am

The theater count should be changed since the number of seats in the imax theater are fewer than the original auditorium. I saw Zero Dark Thirty in one of the smaller theaters and enjoyed it. What was weird was that the raised the lights during the previews and then dim it for the feature presentation and kept it that way through the main credits of the movie, making it a bit hard exiting the theater.

RobertAlex on January 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Shouldn’t we pleasant to one another on this board ?

moviebuff82 on January 10, 2013 at 12:42 pm

It would be cool if the AMC in Rockaway got the same features that the AMC in Paramus has, such as luxurious seats as well as an ETX screen. Ranking the three AMC 16 plexes, this is third, with the Garden State 16 leading the way while Clifton Commons is second.

moviebuff82 on December 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm

i liked it too. This version is the 24 fps version, not the HFR Imax 3D version. The picture quality in 3d is awesome and the sound is immersive. The star trek preview was great in 3d as well as the 3d preshow.

moviebuff82 on December 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm

From what i heard, the 48fps version in reald3d is getting bad reviews by critics and some fans. One bright side, the image in 3d is much sharper than regular 3d and imax 3d, making the movie more like a video game and/ or soap opera. If you go to the imax showing, a 9 minute trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness will play before the movie, where as for 2d and 3d showings of the hobbit the trailer will show. Pricing for both HFR 3D and reald 3d are the same, with imax 3d the most expensive.

moviebuff82 on December 9, 2012 at 5:09 am

That’s good to hear.

markp on December 9, 2012 at 5:05 am

Hi moviebuff. That jaggy grid like picture your describing is probably the first of what will be many complaints in the years to come. Its probably the digital projection, and more than likely something is starting to go, a component or something. As far as 48 fps, you know my feeling as a long time projectionist, if it aint broke, dont fix it. But then again I said the same thing about 35mm and no one listened or cared. Just another in a long list of reasons im glad Im almost out of the business. 4 days a month now is too much for me. Im enjoying stagework at the Prudential Center so much more.

moviebuff82 on December 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Went to see the twilight saga breaking dawn part 2 last night, and they had the sound back on during the preshow but no slides before the preshow. Pretty weird. The presentation was pretty good and the sound was awesome. One thing I noticed is that if you sit closer to the screen it looks kinda jaggy with a grid-like picture. They showed the hunger games catching fire teaser which I haven’t seen online, and that was cool. Popcorn and soda combo is so expensive….no ticket takers near the box office, just that the cashier tore the ticket apart for me to bring into the theater. Movie not that crowded at all. Next week will be busy with the Hobbit dominating the box office. I heard reports that some people felt queasy after seeing the 48fps version of the hobbit…in this case, I’m so used to watching 24fps movies so standard imax 3d is a go.

moviebuff82 on November 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Went to see Skyfall in imax today, the film and presentation was great but the preshow, which runs on sattelite, had audio issues due to the hurricane that affected the dishes, so there was no sound. Hopefully they fix it soon next time I go see a movie. The theater was crowded mostly due to Twilight. Skyfall wasn’t that crowded.

moviebuff82 on November 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Lincoln is now playing at this theater, in addition to The Sessions. Twilight Breaking Dawn part II is playing on plenty of screens and is doing robust business. Skyfall is still playing in IMAX in addition to regular format, i plan on seeing it on sunday morning to avoid the crowds later in that day.

moviebuff82 on November 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm

AMC Rockaway will show the hobbit in HFR 3D on Mega screen, according to fandango, in addition to regular and imax 3d showings. A lord of the rings marathon showing all three extended versions of the saga will be shown before the movie’s release.

moviebuff82 on November 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm

did the hurricane do any damage to this theater? AMC must be lucky to close this theater the day the storm came in…now that power is restored to rockaway…people will start coming back to the movies while shopping for groceries. Lots of good films out…

moviebuff82 on October 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Advance tickets for The Hobbit go on sale November 7th.

moviebuff82 on October 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Went to see a 4:50 showing of Argo. It was pretty good. I liked how Ben Affleck used grain in some scenes to make it like a 70’s movie. The 4k projection makes it look that way. Can’t believe all the hype for Skyfall during the preshow with a Sony commercial for gadgets and a making of trailer. The sound quality of the First look sucks. It’s only in right channel audio with no surrounds while the feature and trailers are in 5.1 surround sound. This is the same 2k format used for sattelite fathom events. 4k I believe was used for Lawrence of Arabia 50th a few weeks ago. As for AMC’s new ad campaign, I like it. Pretty simple.

moviebuff82 on October 17, 2012 at 11:50 am

Paranormal Activity 4 plays in imax for one week only starting on friday.

moviebuff82 on October 14, 2012 at 6:25 am

Saw Frankenweenie in 2D 4k last night. It was pretty good. The animation at times was a bit herky jerky but that’s what the director of the film intended it to be. Soundtrack was great and crowd was well behaved. Too bad the auditorium was a bit messy with some pieces of popcorn on the floor. At least the workers at amc will clean it up after the show is over. Next movie i want to see is Argo.