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Yup. Cablevision is one of the worst companies in the tri-state area, managing bad sports teams, poor cable service, and some poorly run movie theater chain that is one of the smallest in the nation but dominates the tri-state area in terms of screens. A chain like AMC or Landmark does a good job taking over an old theater and sprucing it up, even though it loses some of its luster. Clearview is the worst chain, plus they lack stadium seating and don’t have any morning specials like AMC does.
Since Cablevision now controls the building, they don’t want the public to dig deeper into their hidden stuff, much like the company does with Clearview Cinemas and its cable operations, as well as its sports teams and arena.
To this day, most people prefer to watch movies full-screen, even with the advent of HDTV and digital cinema, at home. Too bad the ratio used by HDTV is not as wide as Cinemascope/Panavision, leaving the user to zoom in on the 2:39 or greater ratio. The only studio that makes filmed stuff in 2:20:1 is Sony, who makes only trailers for the movies in the format, mostly for big movies.
Similiar to what the Meadow Six did with big movies whereas the Plaza 8 handled with smaller movies. Currently they don’t do that anymore since AMC acquired the Loews brand and ran it into the ground. BTW, the screens at the AMC 16 are much bigger than the smaller one, but projection is more blurrier even though the surround sound is bassier than the original. The space left by AMC’s Outer 6 made it a perfect location for Best Buy, while the Inner Theater’s remains were turned into a hotspot for stealing and loitering in the soon to be gone FYE store.
Looks like that space occupied by the inner theaters will soon be open again, as FYE is planning a sale on all its merchandise before closing for good. AMC will never open a theater in that mall again since they opened the Rockaway 16, which is more popular than the old theater. Maybe an Old Navy should be there, as the closest Old Navy is in Mt. Olive, and also in Wayne. The space occupied by the music/video/games retailer is very large and appropriate for a clothing store, as its sister store right across the street (not related to the old theater), Sat. Matinee, is smaller. When it ran as a 12 plex, which theater did better business, the outer or inner?
As shocking as the Giants beating up of the Pats in the super bowl, the number one movie in America this past weekend is not playing at this theater. Why? Simple. 3D. “Hanna Montana & Miley Cirus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert” in Disney Digital 3D is playing at Clearview Parsippany, AMC’s current competition. The closest AMC theater playing it is in Clifton Commons. At least AMC will soon install Imax digital 3d just in time for summer. I’m sure a lot of teenyboppers in Rockaway are dissapointed but have to find a different theater to go to that has digital 3d but lacks stadium seating.
Looks like the movie that I mentioned last post will still be playing for quite some time as it is the number 1 movie in America during a Super Bowl weekend. This is a message to all theaters wanting a piece of the 3D action. Take that, Beowulf!!! Both this theater, as well as Parsippany and select Clearviews, will play “Hanna Montana 3D” until the audience peters out.
Due to the popularity of “Hanna Montana”, this movie will still be playing at this theater as well as Succasunna until the audience peters out.
I’ve been to a Hoyts theater while on vacation in Maine with my family during 1999, when Blair Witch played there, and again in 2002, when Minority Report opened in Queensbury, NY. Both theaters have since changed hands to Regals and are not like that Regal theatre in South Plainfield with stadium seating and digital sound (once a Magic Cinemas). The company originated from Australia, but has since sold its US operations to the largest movie exhibitor in America. Companies like Regal, AMC, and Cinemark want to rely more on newer complexes rather than older ones, which is what Clearview is doing and improving on.
Sounds good to me….finally it’s now in Rockaway more than a year after it opened….I don’t think I can sit through half a day of movies…I only saw No Country and plan on seeing Clayton on Blu-Ray and then Juno. Atonement I don’t care about, but hopefully they’ll show THere will be blood in rockaway soon…it’s been out in Parsippany for some time.
Here’s a link to a story about the theater’s beginnings…
Does this theater still use THX?
That’s right. When Cineplex Odeon merged with Loews, all trailers related to Cineplex were removed and replaced by the Loews Cineplex policy trailer, featuring a crowd attending a premiere of a movie at a Loews Cineplex theater. It would soon be replaced by the filmstrip guy from AMC after AMC bought the location and relocated the movies to GSP. A clip of CO’s coliseum in space trailer can be found on Youtube. FYI, Loews Cinplex had a sibling in Europe called Yelmo Cineplex, which used the same music as Loews in the US. BTW, what will be in that old space since the theater’s gone?
Before AMC in Rockaway gets to show “There Will Be Blood”, this theater is playing the nearest showing of that movie. Why is it that Clearview’s Parsippany gets certain films that AMC won’t play? Maybe because AMC can’t find some room to play another movie!!! This coming weekend, Clearview will exclusively show Hannah Montana at this theater as well as Succasunna, and sales are doing great!!! In two weeks, the new U23D movie will be playing only in this theater, and I can’t wait to see it…too bad rockaway can’t afford the technology to show it. The current digital presentation at the theater is Cloverfield.
Check this link out…get tickets for all five oscar nominated films before they sell out!!!
Last year, the AMC Oscar marathon didn’t play at here, but more than a year later, it’s finally here. Now I can finally see “There Will Be Blood” without having to drive all the way to parsippany.
That’s too bad….have they showed a Super Bowl at the Music Hall? Or another sporting event? The only ones I can think of are the NFL Draft and that’s it. I think Cablevision is doing a better job profiting from Radio City than MSG, whose teams are in the dumps!!! As for that other theater, which is not a cinema treasure but located near the Garden, the Wamu (nee Paramount) Theater at the Garden is a decent playhouse known for showing the Xmas Carol show, which sadly is no longer playing there.
check this link out…
Did all twelve screens have surround sound by the time the theater expanded in 1981? The outer theaters had that early 80’s feel to it (similiar to Loews Wayne in its first years) from the sign in front, which screams retro, to the seating and projection, but not the sound. AMC was a fan of SDDS moreso than Loews theaters, since they equipped all of them with that system a year after its introduction. By the time it bought Loews and embarked on newer theaters, it discontinued the system from all theaters and replaced them with the more popular Dolby Digital EX systems that are standard in all AMC theaters.
this theater will be for sale, according to the express times.
actually it was the first 12 plex in america.
the outer theatres opened the same time as the mall in september of 1977. in february of 1981, the inner theatres opened, making both theatres into the first megaplex in the us.
Check this link out…too bad this location isn’t getting it…
When I used to go to the library in Clifton, they had a great collection of microfiche NY Times issues dating back to the time when the Clifton Library opened and kept stock of the paper. The website of the times has articles relating to theaters from 1989 onward for free, and is the best source for local cinema news as other local sites charge you to pay for the articles. Google’s news archive section is a must if you want to search movie listings from ‘95 to '07.
Read these articles…
Just went to see “Cloverfield”, at 4:45…the film reels started 2 minutes late following the looped AMC moviewatcher ending; some girl wearing a biker helmet wanted to exchange the popcorn for some candy and I said no, which is a good thing since this theater is usually packed with nobodies and somewhat rowdy teens. The movie was ok but the sound was earth-shakingly good. After the movie was over, me and my dad went over to Fatburger and used the ticket stub for 10% off of a meal, which was a good thing since the Panera right next to it was packed. The only downside? Too much previews before a short movie. I’m amazed at how many indie films are playing at this theater…now only if the new IMAX digital screen will increase attendance!!!
I agree with you. For the second time last year it was used as the backdrop for the Heisman trophy awards. For those who watch it on ESPN, most sports fans don’t know that this concert hall was once a movie theater. The only Loews 1 screener left is the one on 72nd street. Too bad the theater didn’t show the Star Wars prequels, leaving that job to the Ziegfeld. Next year marks the 35th anniversary of this theater and the 5th of it becoming a decent concert hall. BTW, what became of the Loews memorablia?
When SDDS was introduced, probably the 8 channel version was shown in the largest auditorium in each complex. As of right now, SDDS is discontinued and replaced with Dolby Digital Surround EX.