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The last movies that the theater showed were “30 Days of Night” and “The Game Plan”, which enjoyed nearly a month of success at the theater as the Newton was a popular place for showing kid movies, especially Disney fare such as the “Pirates” movies, all three of which played in Newton. This theater has withstood competition from many new theaters surrounding northwest new jersey from 5/15/1924- sometime in 1997 and from 1997-2007 when Nathan Page took over the theater and most recently sold the twin to New Day Cinemas, who then closed the theater. Why did they close it? Was it because of the new AMC theater in rockaway or declining attendance? I hope it reopens and gets bought by Clearview.
that’s sad. now the only theater left in sussex county is in sparta. at least the newton lived a long life.
just went to amc’s website for the upcoming sawfest next thursday, and looks like this theater won’t participate. the closest one is in clifton, which could be a nightmare for die hard saw fans in the morris county area. this adds more insult for this nearly year old theater, which isn’t keeping up to date on technology like the clearviews in succasunna and parsippany. one reason is taxes and the credit crunch. this theater was built before all that happened. as of this weekend, not a single movie is playing on two screens, a result of this weekend’s record count of new releases. the only movie not playing at this theater is that sarah paranormal flick, not to mention the jessie james film. next summer will be a successful summer for amc in rockaway, when indiana jones will return since his last crusade ended at the old amc. by then, amc will return to the stock market and hopefully dlp arrives before 2009, when that strike could bring fewer good movies and the first box office slump in four years!
this theater was one of a few that were opened by loews some 25 years ago.
We’ll see. Considering the news surrounding the parent company of the theater regarding the fight to take Cablevision private is more important to shareholders than what will come with the new christmas spectacular. Once in a few years, I always go there for the spectaculars (Easter and Xmas) as well as tapings of TV shows (e.g., Celebrity Jeopardy). I can’t wait until the theater turns 100!!! Maybe the new opening will be in IMAX, even though RCMH can’t show a format like that (only the Lincoln Square and Naturemax theaters show that format!!!).
Good thing I never go to this theater in Bergen County, the Garden State 16 is the best theater in Bergen County, and mostly north jersey. I like AMC’s three 16plexers in Rockaway, Paramus, and Clifton, even though I haven’t been to AMC’s clifton location in awhile since I last visited it as a general cinema location. It’s a good thing AMC acquired that popular theater and kept it the way it is while adding digital projection to it, and pretty soon they’ll do it to theaters with stadium seating, not those without it (ex: Wayne, East Hanover, the two secacus theaters even though Phantom Menace played only for awhile in DLP). Plus the fact the theater is near a marsh area, and it will become a landfill soon.
Is the sign still there?
this link tells of one NYTimes reporter’s love for the theater and the impact the new Clifton commons theater had on its attendance. BTW, what’s the latest on the theater, LUISMEL? Is it gone for good? Send me some recent pictures!!!
Is it me, or does some of the theaters that AMC owns lack stadium seating that its AMC theaters have (you know, the CO, non-stadium Loews/Sony/Star/MJ complexes)? They should update it for today’s audience and make them all accessible for the disabled. Like most updated theaters, this one has rear window captioning as well as DVS for the disabled. Other than that, this theater’s a bit cheaper than the other theater that AMC owns (Rockaway) and the one they used to own (Morristown).
not sure, it’s still highly profitable for Clearview as it’s still the only place in town where you can buy movie tickets for cheap. When AMC bought the Loews theater in 2006, it put in AMC Cinema, which is a godsend for senior moviegoers who want to pay $5 for a movie, far cheaper than the matinee tickets that CLearview offers. And unlike Clearview, the AMC in Loews has rear window captioning/DVS for disabled people alongside the spaces for wheelchairs. I hope the AMC in Wayne gets a huge makeover and has stadium seating in all of its auditoriums, much like Loews did to its theater in Danbury a few years ago before being bought by AMC. They should add a couple more screens to make it a true multiplex.
Originally slated to open just in time for the fall 1998 season, it was delayed until spring of 1999. Here are a few articles that I found using google news' archive section…
Check out the Rutherford forum at nj.com (http://www.nj.com/forums/rutherford). Then search for “Williams”. You’ll see lots of backlash against the cleanup and restoration of the center, which will cost taxpayers in Rutherford lots of money. This doesn’t affect the cinemas, as they are still open and will soon face competition from their next city neighbor East Rutherford, with the Xanadu megaplex opening next year.
so what’s up with the tenplex now that AMC is making money on its successor? I hope there should be a strip mall where it’s located, or maybe a concert hall since the only location nearby that has arts is the BergenPAC center in Englewood.
hey hotwaterbottle, the new theater in paramus is now the largest amc theater in bergen, with more seats, better projection and sound, and stadium seating. amc needs to improve the loews buildings that dont have stadium seating and upgrade it just like the loews in danbury. btw, janet seabold, who’s now the principal at nearby slocum skewes school in ridgefield, was one of the first employees when it opened nearly two decades ago..she worked behind the concession stand serving popcorn!
i agree with you, mikep. to the people of paramus, they needed a better theater, and they got it right. stadium seating, dlp in two screens, dolby ex in all screens as well as great restrooms and excellent service make it the hottest spot in paramus since the malls.
I went to this theater last night to see “The Game Plan”, and lots of things have changed since a year ago. For one, all the employees wore the New Day Cinemas logo and red vests and some of them do their best to quiet the sometimes rowdy audience down by not using cell phones. Another thing is that the theater now shows slideshows before each movie at the two auditorium and plays movietunes instead of the classic movie music. Is the organ still in use in theater 1? Also, I sat in the balcony seats and they made them more comfortable. On Monday nights, it’s date night. For $12, two people can go see a movie for that price. BTW, since the acquisition of this theater, a megaplex in Rockaway opened as well as the return of movies to Sparta.
BTW, the plasma TVs are too small to watch than the ones at the Clearview in Succasunna, but they show the same stuff as you’d expect at the theater with the first look thing. While I was at the theater last weekend, when I first sat into one of those seats, it squeaked for a while before quieting down. The armrests in each seat lack the leather that others have.
I agree with your last sentence, vito. Newer theaters that opened in the last few months, such as the one I go to regularly, don’t know how to make a movie picture perfect. AMC does a bad job of doing this. Clearview, on the other hand, does a great job showing movies in sharp projection, whether it’s digital or film.
Just checked out the theater’s ticket site and tickets are not for sale on the web via movietickets.com, just only on moviefone.com. Why is that? It seems more people visit moviefone than movietickets.com.
How about Paramount? They’re logo was cool looking when Vistavision came along, and then when Panavision came, it made the Mountain more surreal. Even though some CGI made the mountain more real, it still is a cool looking logo, as much as the Universal globe and the Warner Shield.
That logo looks good on a widescreen tv if you watch any of the many Cinemascope movies that Fox produced before they switched to Panavision in the mid to late 1960’s. The music from that logo would not be heard in its entirety again to a wide audience until the release of “Star Wars” in 1977, with the cinemascope tag replaced by the Lucasfilm title and later logo with the future re-releases of the film. It would be also re-used in the 1990’s with a flyover of the logo, which is pretty cool. Has every major movie studio played movies at the Ziegfeld? It seems so. It would be nice if the theater showed the Super Bowl if the Giants make it next year!!!
The name of the movie was called “T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous”. I saw a preview for the movie while at the Sony/Loews in Wayne, which was owned by the same chain that owned the Loews/Imax theater in NYC. BTW, which Imax screen is better, the Loews Imax at Palisades Center or the one at the big apple. For me, I prefer the one on the west side. The screen is larger than the one at the Museum of Natural History (called NatureMax) which was the first IMAX theater in NYC. The Imax theater at LSC (called Omnimax) is ok and gets you immersed into the movie but the screen is too squeezed for the film.
is that theater better than the rockaway 16? I wouldn’t want to go all the way to this one unless a friend of mine lives in long island!!!
Just like the Ziegfeld.
I agree with you, ceasar. DTS has the advantage of having the highest bitrate of any compressed audio system and it can read off CDs, not film, which is good. As for trailers and DTS, for the teaser trailer for the Jurassic Park sequel, several speakers emitted flashes of light to make the lightning more surreal. DTS and Dolby Digital are the two main sound formats used for trailers, and SDDS is slowly getting out of the theaters as it’s too complicated. As for which sound system delivers the loudest trailers, DTS is #1, followed by Dolby Digital, and SDDS, which delivers an aural experience that most home theater systems can’t match.