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I think so, John. While Digital IMAX is not as large as regular IMAX as some people say, the screen size will be larger and taller than a 2k/4k auditorium. Plus the sound will be louder, clearer, and livelier. This theater could lose another big movie if the new Watchmen movie doesn’t come out due to the battle between WB and Fox over who owns the rights. Then the next big movie could be Monsters vs Aliens, which has a 3d trailer coming out during the Super Bowl. After that, Star Trek, then Night at the Museum 2, and Transformers 2.
Hopefully this year is as good as last year’s.
With three screens becoming one, the AMC Rockaway 16 would become the AMC Rockaway 13, which is one screen more than Parsippany but one screen less than Mansfield, both Clearviews if the IMAX is completed. If they do construction, does that mean part of the theater will be closed? I don’t know for sure; hopefully they get it in before the flood of new movies come out in the IMAX format.
i agree; they need to install reald since the amcs in paramus and clifton and jersey gardens have reald.
Only 20 days left until the IMAX theater opens…I’ve checked the website and the date’s still there. I’ve been checking the showtimes lately…no movie has not been sold out…must be a slow weekend at the box office without any new movies. Maybe it’s because of the price of admission and too many movies playing.
Probably the Roxy, since it’s close proximity to the celebration; getting from the Hall to the ball dropping would be a nightmare!!!
The next Imax movie that the AMC in Rockaway will play after Dark Knight has its run will be Under the Sea 3D, which opens on February 13th, a date that several AMC Imax theaters will open on.
Very interesting piece of history, Mr. Harris.
ha ha ha. cant wait how they’ll handle the imax.
Just came back from a showing of Benjamin Button in theater #1 (3:05), very crowded…a long line at both the box office and the concession stand but my dad bought tickets at the atm machine. Once we got in, the film started, but there were some minor issues. First was the focus during the previews and at points during the movie. It was blurry, that it was hard to read some of the credits on screen during the trailer for Duplicity and also during Revolutionary Road, that some of the audience yelled, “Focus!!!”. The problem was fixed before the movie started….at least the surround sound worked well and the crowd was well behaved. The movie was weird but decent.
all these holiday shootings and fights near theaters scare me.
very scary. thank god it didn’t happen in rockaway!
next year will be nearly 10 years since the theater closed. Status should be changed to demolished and the year of closing is the fall of 2000. The last movie that played there that was huge was Charlie’s Angels 1.
very interesting article. BTW, Stanley Warner owned the Ridgewood theater. The person who replaced the relief manager at SW must have overlooked what would become the two Paramus theaters.
The new theater in Paterson will cause attendance to decline at this theater, since it’s location is not too far from Route 80. Unless AMC installs stadium seating and dlp, this theater will last only a few years and become more retail space.
If the Allwood theater closes, then it will join this theater and the Clifton one as the last of a dying breed.
nearly 10 years after Clifton Commons opened and a few months before the new theater in Paterson opens, this is the only surviving small theater in Clifton. If it closes, it will hurt downtown businesses in the Allwood district.
There are still traces of General Cinema at the theater’s exterior, with the star shapes and curvy lines and the round marquee entrance. Old Popcorn Bob is nowhere to be found, only to be replaced by the AMC logo. Not too far from the theater, there are newer shopping districts around Clifton that will make traffic even more worse. And a new movie theater in Paterson will keep residents to their nearest theater, although it will be run by a much smaller chain.
speaking of holidays, AMC’s holiday pricing went into effect yesterday and will continue until January 4th. This is good news for me, since I’ll be catching up on some oscar-calibur flicks in a recession year. The last time a recession happened, people in Rockaway went to the older theater to catch a flick, and the chain survived, although it closed before it was over. I got an AMC gift card for xmas, about $25, so I’ll spend it on two tickets for Benjamin Button between me and my aunt, use my two coupons for a free small drink and small popcorn, and save the rest for an AM Cinema IMAX showing, since they’ll be the most expensive ticket in town!!!
THanks for those vintage photos, Warren. Sometime soon, I’ll ask my dad to take me to see a show at the hall.
That’s cool. Merry Xmas to all!!!
digital imax saves time and money compared with regular imax but costs more than a dlp installation.
No construction on the imax theater yet the last time I was at the theater. I was checking the showtimes on Google, and advance tickets are available for two Met showings in HD. I’m not an opera fan, but for those who like it, it’s nice that they’re showing this popular film series for those who can’t make it to the city to see a sold-out show; this series is also held in Parsippany. The date is still on track for the IMAX theater to open with the re-release of The Dark Knight. Watching the film again on Blu-Ray can’t make up for seeing it again on a giant screen just in time for Oscar nominations.
I just went to see this movie at another AMC theater, the AMC in Rockaway, although it would’ve been cooler if the IMAX theater was open, despite the fact that the screen will be smaller than the one that I used to go to at this listed theater. The film was OK; the original is still a great sci-fi movie and worth watching again…..later on tonight it will be on Monsters HD after two Terminator movies, the first and second ones, which are the best of the Terminator films. Now that The Dark Knight is coming out in IMAX at my local theater, I won’t have to drive all the way to this theater and the one in Palisades Center to see a giant Joker.
I just went to this theater for a 4:50 showing of “The Day The Earth Stood Still”, the 2008 version of the 1951 sci-fi classic that I grew up with when I first saw it on VHS from a local library and saw it again on Monsters HD in a restored version. This version is way different than the original. The presentation was good, very few splices, and the crowd behaved well. Getting there was a chore, as there was traffic around the mall and some of the parking space wasn’t plowed well due to all that extra snow. The next movie I’m planning on seeing is Benjamin Button, and that Wrestler movie looks interesting since I used to like pro wrestling and liked Mickey Rourke in Sin City. Hopefully they’ll get some good art-house product sooner than later since most of the stuff playing here are remakes, kids stuff that no one hears of, and sequels that suck.