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Currently, Clearview owns a majority of several top-grossing theaters that show digital projection on just one screen, which started with “Meet the Robinsons” in 3-D. It was so successful, that Clearview decided to keep the DLP projectors for future releases. I hope Clearview installs more digital projectors in its other theaters, such as the Allwood, Washington Twsp., Wayne, Tenafly, Mansfield, Chester, and Montclair (Clairidge). These theaters still do money but need to profit as much as the top theater in the chain, this theater. In the future, will the Ziegfeld have stadium seating? That would make watching a movie better.
yes they can..if they turn up the volume of the subwoofer, which the amc in rockaway does.
a good example of the previous post is amc clifton commons, which has two screens with thx as well as stadium seating; i haven’t been to that theater since november of 2001 back when it was a general cinema since 1999.
BTW, what sound system does the dome theater use? I guess it’s every major surround sound system used up to today. Also, is the dome better than the omnimax theater in Jersey City? I wished they just show other IMAX movies, not just docs on science and stuff.
Was this theater one of the top grindhouse theaters in the US? I’ve read so many things about how this theater showed a lot of box office junk as well as some good stuff.
fyi, the mayor who supervised the building of the theater was Larry Colasordo, who still works for the township’s SID. BTW was this one of the few theaters in NJ equipped with SDDS during the year of its debut (1993)? Has anything changed since AMC bought the Loews complex?
Check this story out from a few years ago, back when the AMC was still a Loews…
At AMC in Rockaway, they leave the volume for both the movie and the previews at high, while they leave the volume for the digital preshow at medium. Clearview does this different, with both the preshow and previews low and the feature loud. The newton theater, for example, keeps the volume of both at low since they don’t have a decent surround sound system as the larger chains do. Now with the advent of DLP and PCM sound, the volume is pretty loud than the compressed audio, but it’s much clearer to hear the audio than with Dolby/DTS/SDDS. In a THX theater it is much louder and boomier (e.g., Clifton Commons). This is the same for watching an HD movie with commercials (ex. TNT-HD). Somebody must keep the sound at low!!!
Probably…the newer AMC theaters have the NCM contracts, while the older theaters that were once Loews Cineplex still carry Screenvision and Fandango, which is confusing for most movie goers when buying tickets. The only thing that’s changed is that the Moviewatcher card as well as the AMC entertainment card can be used at all AMC theaters. I hate it when the show the pre-show as film, not digital as the newer theaters do. The General Cinema theaters that were acquired by AMC were given a different makeover than the Loews deal, as those theaters were better than the Loews brand.
i still enjoy going to this theater…it’s worth it. During the preshow they show a lot of local ads much like how cablevision (parent of rival clearview) shows ads during cable shows on tv. They really try their best to be as local as a theater gets without hawking cable services much like Cablevision does at its cinemas. This makes AMC more like a movie theater company rather than a division of a huge media conglomerate. I remember when Loews used to be owned by Sony, when that happened, a lot of Sony ads were playing in the theaters, and most of the screens featured SDDS, not to mention playstation kiosks at the theaters. By the time the Loews Cineplex deal came, Sony left for good.
very funny. btw i hope this theater gets dlp or else i go to parsippany or succasunna.
good for you. Go there during Sundays, since the parking lot tends not to be as crowded surrounding the place.
just went by the theater today and there was an ambulance along with some cop cars near the entrance; my best guess was someone choked on some popcorn and a lucky moviegoer called 911 to notify st claire’s about it. good thing that the theater was still open and not busy as most people went back to school and work.
Was the RKO Madison a top grosser for the theater company, and was it as popular as the Route 4 theater that they owned?
Same could be said for the succasunna theater’s weekly showings of classic movies, no advance ticketing, just pay and enter the theater. I think this will mean long lines at the Ziegfeld. Hope this is not a problem with the next movie, which is Blade Runner.
What’s the next movie to be premiering at the Hall? Last movie that played was the new Die Hard movie. BTW, what was the last movie that played at the Hall for regular showings before it became a concert venue we know today?
The cost to build this theater was $15 million, one of the most expensive movie theaters in North Jersey. And it was worth the cash, with all the glitz and glamour of a modern multiplex. Too bad they don’t have plasma screens advertising previews like their competition from Clearview, as well as NCM content which is heavily advertised in the pre-show. I hope this changes in the future when the summer movie season returns next year!!!
When the jersey got triplexed in the early 1970’s, how many seats did each auditorium have and which sound formats did they have in each? Also, was the theater one of the most profitable for Loews during that time from 1974-1986, even as the company worked on newer theaters like the theaters in Wayne and Secaucus, which opened four years before the oldest Loews theater in North Jersey closed for nearly two decades before getting restored to its single screen glory by some non-profit people? I hope the same thing happens to the long-vacant Franklin theater in Nutley, which is still there and badly needs restoration after it closed in 2000.
can’t wait to see it when it’s on bluray…is the new indy jones movie going to play at the ziegfeld next year? I would love to see more new releases playing at this legendary venue.
And when did that chain go out of business? Is it when Cineplex Odeon took over the operation and made it into their own business?
Wouldn’t it be better if Clearview bought the theater from AMC and make it more friendly? That would be cool!!!
I guess this theater was one of the longest running theaters in the UATC/REG era. 75 years is a long time for a theater that might’ve gone through a lot of interior, exterior, and climate changes!!! Not to be confused with the theater of the same chain that is named after a cigarette and an NJ town.
As of right now, the Loews name will still be used as a division of AMC Entertainment, which has more theater brands than any theater exhibitor in America. Speaking of Cherry Hill, have you seen Ali Larter going to that theater, since she was born and raised in that town? She’s the woman who’s in Heroes, and the AMC Moviewatcher preshow is hawking her hit show a lot!!!
there might be ghosts of moviegoers past in that building, heck, there might be some scary bats and boogeyman right around the corner…
After 9/11, the movies that I went to see were mostly light hearted fare like drama, comedy, and fantasy. Here’s a list of them in chronological order: Hearts in Atlantis, Iron Monkey, K-Pax, Monsters, Inc., Harry Potter 1, Not Another Teen Movie, LOTR 1, The Royal Tenenbaums, A Beautiful Mind, Black Hawk Down, Collateral Damage, We Were Soldiers, Ice Age, Blade 2, Panic Room, The Scorpion King, Spider-Man 1, Star Wars II, Minority Report, Men In Black II, Austin Powers 3, Stuart Little 2, Signs, and XXX. I saw 24 films at the plexes, mostly at either Succasunna, Clifton Commons, Aviation Mall 7 in Queensbury, and Mansfield.