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A good example of this is the warner quad in ridgewood and hawthorn theater. Warner Bros, Disney, and Universal films always played in hawthorne, while fox, paramount/dreamworks, sony, and mgm chose the warner quad. Most recently, Disney’s Ratatouille played in the Warner Quad rather than in Hawthorne. As for ticket prices, the Allwood is still cheaper than AMC, even though it’s showing signs of wearing down in the near future when digital film will take over the box office. Also, traffic around the theater still remains a bit tricky because there’s the Allwood circle.
Since the first opening moviegoing weekend of November, AMC, like other chains, have raised prices at its theaters by 5% to $10.50. Back when it opened in 1999, the price was around $9, at that time the highest priced theater in Passaic County, NJ. To this day, the Allwood Sixplex, owned by Clearview, still has the cheapest prices in town and has become sort of a rundown place while Clifton Commons took advantage of the digital age with DLP. Currently there are plans to build more stores near the Clifton Commons area on Route 3 with another new shopping center to join that area as well as the Styerstown Shopping district. This theater was popularly featured in “The Sopranos” whenever the family visited a movie there.
Here’s a link to a story first published in the New York Times nearly 10 years ago, back when Titanic ruled the box office. View link
I saw it only once with some relatives of mine and we got in without any hitches, but the theater was packed so i had to sit in the left side of the auditorium. It was an SDDS presentation and the experience was good. I suggest you use google news archive and type in loews wayne. BTW, ticket prices at this theater have reached the dangerous $10 level, .50 cheaper than Clifton Commons and 25 cents less than Clearview’s theater. BTW, what will happen nearly 25 years from now when this place turns 50?
Not as profitable as Clearview’s few multiplexes in the tri-state area, such as Parsippany and Succasunna, both of which are a bit cheaper than the Ziegfeld and easy to travel to than in NYC.
just like the amc in rockaway, its nemesis, the clearviews in parsippany and succasunna raised their prices to $10.25. It’s still half a dollar cheap there compared to AMC, even though AMC has the cheapest matinee program anywhere with AM Cinema. Too bad most of AMC’s screens show 35mm for the feature and trailers and digital projection for the preshow.
so much for that theater. Maybe Clearview should buy the newton theater over in nj and make it a good one.
why not? The Hall has more seats than the Z. The Ziegfeld is the movie theater most people think of when going to New York. Radio City is for everything else.
the die hard movie was one. As for the strike, there might be fewer movies premiering at the hall come 2009 or later.
Speaking of strikes, the writer’s strike could mean fewer movie premieres at rcmh.
it’ll be a few years before all the old theaters will become dinosaurs. I hope the newton theater doesn’t get demolished!!!
only on MSG’s cable outlets, such as Cablevision and Service Electric. Direct TV might have it, and perhaps Dish. Call your cable/satellite operator, or try to find it on youtube soon.
thanks for the info, vito. Radio City Music Hall is a true Cinema Treasure, and the tallest one in Manhattan.
Last night I went to see “American Gangster”. The presentation of the movie and trailers were great, but the preshow was a noshow. The reason? The colors were washed out…but the sound was loud and decent. Hopefully on my next visit they’ll fix the problem. Another thing worth noting is when my dad bought the tickets, there were no people tearing the tickets and telling them which theater it is, which is strange. And Michael D, I got your info and it’s true, first the concessions, and now the ticket prices are up. But not the AM Cinema, which is still 6 dollars!!!
just checked out the website, and they raised ticket prices by .50. Also worth noting when I checked out the times for beowulf…no digital 3d, just plain old 35mm when it opens in two weeks. Hopefully this will change in the future as Beowulf will be the first major movie to be on 1,000 3d screens. Rockaway is not one of them, and when I see Beowulf, I won’t care if it’s in 3d or not, I’ll just enjoy watching the movie with a much larger screen and bigger surround sound.
Hope it solves your problem…that theater went through numerous changes and owner ship; it’s successor is the AMC Garden State 16, located near the Garden State Plaza. It might be no old Route 4 theater, but it’s technologically advanced and has more seating than its predecessor!!!
My first movie was a re-issue of “Snow White” back in 1983 when I was a toddler, and it was my first g-rated film. My first PG rated movie would be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, my first pg-13 rated movie would be Congo, and my first r-rated movie would be Donnie Brasco. The snow white movie was at the hyway theater in my old town of fairlawn, the turtle one would be in the wayne quad preakness, congo was in the now gone tenplex, and brasco was in Loews Wayne. As of right now, I have not seen an nc-17 rated movie at a theater and that’s because they’re not common in my multiplex.
Both movies would see additional success in different versions….Close Encounters would be re-released during the summer of 1980 in a version that would have a different ending (inside the mothership); that version was one of the first Spielberg movies to appear on VHS. Saturday Night Fever, on the other hand, didn’t fare well when Paramount cut out a lot of swear words and sex to make a family friendly version (PG) of the film, following the success of Grease the previous year (I guess Paramount did a trailer before SNF for Grease). Both versions came out on VHS and only the R-rated version is now available. As for the music, only SNF made more in record sales than Close Encounters.
i agree with you. The multiplex changed the way movies were shown and made some single screen theaters extinct. Some theaters have become live venues or public places, while others have cut up into several theaters or rebuilt as movie theaters. Cinema Treasures is the #1 site when it comes to finding info on old and current movie theaters, as well as future theaters that will open in the future.
great view…nothing much has changed. OH by the way, there will be an MSG special on the history of the theater this week.
any plans on meeting up in northern NJ? I live near a major movie theater there and would check out mostly older theaters that are still thriving.
that’s good news. At least most of the evacuees went to a football/baseball stadium rather than the city’s cinema treasures. This is not as severe as what happened during Katrina, when a lot of old movie theaters in New Orleans were hit hard by the storms. In my area, the only theater that was hit hard by weather of this type was the floods that damaged a movie theater in Bound Brook, and that theater is still being renovated.
Unless it’s a holiday or a day when a big movie opens (such as a Friday or Hump Day)!!!! I might go if I’m sick or if my bus route is cancelled due to inclement weather. As for your previous comment, jmags, the best matinee is the AM Cinema on Fridays and Holidays. Is it AMC’s largest theater in North Jersey? I think so. The theater in Rockaway is too large, and the one in Clifton Commons is too long, but the AMC in Paramus is just right. 14 screens with 35mm projection, and 2 with DLP. BTW, which theaters are the largest and have the most seats?
and there are showtimes on there, even though the theater is closed for good.
most recently, there was a fatal accident near that theater, but there was no damage. I first heard about it on the radio.