AMC Rockaway 16

363 Mt. Hope Avenue,
Rockaway, NJ 07866

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moviebuff82 on February 27, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Last night, Hugo won a bunch of awards, mostly for its acclaimed technicality. If the AMC in Rockaway was nominated for an award, it would get a Razzie for high prices, blurry 2D projection on dim 3D lenses, and bad imax subwoofer bleeding into the theaters.

moviebuff82 on February 22, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Here’s the link to what’s coming soon at this theater…. One issue that I had while watching Star Wars Episode I 3D was the bleeding subwoofer issue from the next screen over and that the volume was much lower than a Dolby Digital presentation. The background images were blurry but some of the CGI looked sharp. The Ice Age short I’ve seen before in 2D but in 3D is amazing, not to mention the digital preshow starring The Lorax. The preshow didn’t end with the usual AMC Where movies live jingle, they interrupted one of those AMC fathom events ads to make the screen shorter. No AMC “Coming Soon” snipe and no AMC “Magic Coke” trailer.

moviebuff82 on February 22, 2012 at 2:20 am

Went to see star wars episode 1 in 3d….the 3d was ok, added a little depth and wow to the weakest of the star wars franchise. The trailers looked good. Spiderman in 3d looks iffy, and so is John Carter. The Lorax looks great in 3D.

moviebuff82 on February 20, 2012 at 1:08 am

Here’s the link to an article about the AMC BPS…

moviebuff82 on February 18, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Fandango is a better site. More colorful and appealing, plus the user’s ratings system is pretty neat. The mobile app is awesome. I saw Hugo in 3D, and didn’t see any cropping of the image to scope. Great 3D and sound mixing!!! It was in one of the smaller theaters, lucky #13. The 3D was a bit dark, though, with the glasses on. One thing that bothered me was that the preshow video was a bit jittery before the movie began, and there was no picture during the music that plays after and before the preshow. I also heard subwoofer noise coming from the imax, which needs to be toned down.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on February 18, 2012 at 5:20 pm

moviebuff, AMC has switched to Fandango for ticketing for all theaters.

moviebuff82 on February 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm

PeterApruzzuse, I plan on seeing Hugo this weekend at AMC in 3D. Hopefullly they don’t cut the screen to scope….If they don’t go, I’ll wait for the bluray, which is less than two weeks away.

alpinedownhiller on February 16, 2012 at 5:57 pm

What is wrong with the current IMAX projection here? It looks brighter to me than on any of the other large screens here already and the 3D on it has a lot less ghosting due to cross-talk between L and R images partially showing through to the wrong eye than the Real 3D screens do.

I think IMAX may be going to Barco laser projection eventually. Their really big screens, the true IMAX ones, would need that and I think have first priority. I didn’t think Rockaway was getting one as soon as Dark Knight, but I don’t really know for sure.

moviebuff82 on February 14, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Here’s a weird thing. When you click on a showtime to buy tickets on, it goes to a screen saying that they’re disabled at this time. directing consumers to nearby theaters that support the site. Any update on the situation between this movie ticketing giants please comment back. On a lighter side, the next time you see an IMAX movie in this theater, they will replace the Christie projectors with brighter Barco projectors, which clearview uses in some of its theaters. This will happen around the time Dark Knight Rises releases. According to the film’s wikipedia page, the director of the movie has talked to the people behind imax to show exhibitors the right way to project digital IMAX, which is what AMC needs to do.

moviebuff82 on February 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Speaking of advanced tickets, if you plan on ordering this week, go to, which I think is a better detailed site than Weird that still has showtimes online for tickets lol, and that they filed a lawsuit against Comcast, the parent of fandango. I’m sure fandango will win because it’s makes it much easier to order tickets.

moviebuff82 on February 5, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Advance tickets now on sale for Secret World of Arietty (japanese anime movie dubbed by Disney) and John Carter 3D and Liemax 3D.

moviebuff82 on February 1, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I know alpinedownhiller. I can stand loud noises in the theater by the surround sound even if there’s babies crying during quiet scenes. AMC should consider lowering the volume in the IMAX screen so that there are no rumblings next to the restroom or an earthquake could happen ala sensurround. Also, AMC needs to make their seats more comfortable and the armrests more plushy ala Garden State 16.

alpinedownhiller on February 1, 2012 at 5:27 am

Has anyone noticed how insanely loud they have the volume set in some of the screens?

Most of all now the IMAX #8 is pumped up to insane levels now,it was always incredibly loud but now it seems even louder. So over the top I had to get ear plugs and even with full size ear plugs that make even a rock concert sound not all that loud I could still even the quietest whisper of dialogue without even a strain. I even tested holding my ears for a second on top of full size ear plugs and I could still hear characters whispering at the quietest moments with ease. Even with ear plugs most of the loud parts still made my ears bleed. Insane. I know the theaters are desperate to bring people in and give an experience you can’t get in the home but there is no way those levels can’t be causing permanent hearing damage even over just a short two hour movie, even with ear plugs, at those levels since they don’t block all frequencies all that well I don’t think it can be good.

Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol had over the top volume there and Underworld was actually even turned up louder yet in screen #8.

Even the bathroom a couple screens down rumbles and you can sometimes hear the IMAX #8 audio in it now.

I should also say that people sometimes say I play movies at home too loudly too so if I think the volume at theaters is getting out of control I think it is getting out of control.

moviebuff82 on January 25, 2012 at 8:09 pm

3D movies upcoming…. Star Wars Episode I 3D and Journey 2 3D (IMAX, RealD)-February 10 Ghost Rider 2 3D- February 17

moviebuff82 on January 25, 2012 at 8:06 pm

As expected, in addition to the new releases opening this weekend, The Artist finally opens at this theater, becoming the first silent movie (albeit with sound effects and music in the digital soundtrack) to be played in this theater.

moviebuff82 on January 24, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Speaking of Hugo, it’s the most nominated movie at this year’s oscars. I’m sure AMC will show the 9 movies next week when AMC Best Picture Showcase returns….

moviebuff82 on January 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm

This weekend, Underworld 3D opens in RealD 3d on one screen, one 2D screen with one showtime, and IMAX 3D on one screen. Hugo is still playing in 3D.PeterAppruze, did you see hugo yet? Have they solved the cropping problem?

moviebuff82 on January 11, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Advance tickets now on sale for “Underworld: Awakening”, the first movie of 2012 to be shot in real 3D, in both Real D and Liemax 3D, as well as Haywire and Red Tails. None of these movies will do well at the box office due to NFL playoffs and other diversions.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 4, 2012 at 9:30 pm

I have commented hundreds of times about this so called Theatre Business,Sure, it was a Business when I worked for ABC,PLITT and GCC,However, back then to almost a man,weren’t many ladies managing,they were showmen,We had trained UNION operators,not teenage kids trying to figure out how to lay the candy girl.Moviegoers were treated like moviegoers,Today, sadly only cattle in these monster screen houses,Yep, Glad I got out in 1983.I saw this coming.

moviebuff82 on January 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm

I agree. Many people say that AMC and Regal and Cinemark are like the Big Brothers of movie theater exhibition. AMC for one isn’t publicly traded but will plan an IPO in the near future unless fewer people go to the movies because of issues like this. This is why people are staying home and watching movies on their mobile devices, consoles and bluray players, computers, and cable and sattelite tvs so they can enjoy the theatrical experience at the comfort of their own home.

fred1 on January 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Pete ,thathas been a problem esp. with AMC and Regal. It just laziness of those companies and non expierenced employees

PeterApruzzese on January 4, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Let’s hope that this time they get the aspect ratio of Hugo correct. When I went to see it Thanksgiving day it was cropped to ‘scope when it is supposed to be shown at 1.85. Totally ruining the 3-D photography of the best film of 2011. And no one at “Guest Services” understood a thing that I was talking about.

They also need to fix their non-3D auditoriums as Sherlock Holmes in #3 this past weekend was dim since they were running it through the 3-D lenses. And fix that annoying subwoofer boom while they’re at it :)

moviebuff82 on January 4, 2012 at 8:11 pm

This friday, Hugo returns in 3d, tinker tailor soldier spy opens (great reviews), and The Devil Inside opens on two screens, hoping to become the 2012 version of Paranormal Activity. Once again, fewer people will go to the movies this weekend because of nfl playoffs including a big giants game on sunday which will hurt the amc rockaway box office.

moviebuff82 on January 2, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Went to a 10 am showing of Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, since the IMAX showing was during the afternoon. Movie was good popcorn fun, although I had to sit through too many trailers before the movie began, in addition to the pre-show. I can see where they would show certain scenes in full imax, such as the tower climbing scene and the sandstorm in Dubai. Great soundtrack. My suggestion if you see a long movie, then go to the bathroom before the movie begins as to avoid long lines.

moviebuff82 on December 23, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Last night went to a 7:40 showing of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Was not dissapointed. Very entertaining film. Great cinematography, including some shots that were filmed using the Phantom HD camera that looked sharp. The sound was awesome. Lots of great trailers, including the Dark Knight Rises trailer. Only gripe was that there was one guy handling tickets with a long line, and then another cashier came in. They also had a seizure warning card at the box office for the twilight movie, from which I didn’t have any seizures. They also offered free MI:4 small posters, not to mention offering gift cards. Happy festivus and merry xmas and a happy new year next year!!!