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I agree with you, that art house fare AMC likes to call as select. They also used to show old movies, which Clearview probably stole the idea from when they showed classic movies at some of its theaters. BTW, which theater is the largest in terms of size and seating?
How many people visit the Ziegfeld theater each year? I would like to know if it’s by the millions since the busiest theater in America is the seven year old AMC Empire 25 plex.
scary indeed. also, verizon ads dont play at clearview, but at other chains.
well i guess that the tenplex will be demolished or transformed into a walmart!
As in a star wars like circus, during the time when most of the three Star Wars movies in the prequel saga debuted at the theater. The theater was one of the first to show it in the then new Dolby Digital Surround EX format despite showing it in 35mm (unlike the nearby Tenplex (sic) and Meadow Six, both owned by rival Loews Cineplex (now AMC) which showed it digitally). By the time Episode II debuted at the theater, the film was shown straight from the high def source (as well as more theaters in the area) and was the first digital movie shown at the Z. When Episode III came out, it would be the last time that Star Wars would be shown at this theater. Hopefully this year the Z could show all six star wars films if Clearview works out a deal.
you mean the Ziegfeld. Were there any contests in which people got free tickets to the ziegfeld theater? My dad went there once many years ago to see Apocalpyse Now during its exclusive NYC engagement, and I would love to check out the theater sometime soon. BTW, I’m glad that the theater wasn’t near the area where that steam pipe explosion occured…were any cinema treasures that were closed near that area due to the incident, and have they been reopened? I would like to know. Thankfully, it wasn’t near Times Square, but it was on the same street just blocks away from the Ziegfeld in the 42nd st. area.
Hollywood90038, the local theater over in Rockaway (an AMC) as well as the theater in Parsippany (owned by the Ziegfeld’s parent, Clearview) use a modern type of curtain system known as a masking screen, which changes the aspect ratio from matte to scope for certain movies. This makes the screen smaller but sharper and wider. Does this theater use the same masking system that most modern theaters use?
This theater, along with the one in Menlo Park Mall, are the only two remaining Cineplex Odeon theaters that are thriving as AMC Loews theaters. Ironically, they are 12 screeners that were made solely by Cineplex Odeon before the Loews Cineplex acquistion, and each location has a rival theater that’s in the same town (movie city in edison and the hudson mall seven plex in jc). The closest theaters near them that have stadium seating are the Bayonne 12 plex owned by Frank Theaters and the New Brunswick 18 plex owned by AMC.
when I used to live in clifton, the library had past issues of all the local papers showing the movie listings for the tenplex, mostly NY Times, Bergen Record. To date, the only CO locations that survive as AMCs are two: The Newport Centre theater in Jersey City and the Menlo Park mall theater in Edison. Both of them could never match the longevity of the tenplex, which had better sound and picture equipment than those two.
Most recently, this theater (now known as the Blairstown Theater Festival at Roy’s Hall) showed Friday the 13th for the first time at the same location where the film was shot. Nothing much has changed since where they shot, except the cars.
This theater is the only one in Passaic County to be equipped with digital projection, which began with the release of “Meet the Robinsons” in digital 3-D. It was so popular at the theater that AMC chose to keep the projection system and play several movies in DLP. Which theater # has DLP? I guess it’s one of the former THX houses.
someone should change the status of this theater to open since it’s now open for business. Is it up to personel at cinema treasures to change a theater listing after someone posts it online (like me)?
Or maybe the Easter show?
thanks, Greg!!! That theater still looked the same in those photos as the last and only time I went there Greg. I saw Exit Wounds in theater 6, since they showed a Dolby Digital trailer before the movie. Boy how ticket prices have jumped in five years between the closing of the old AMC and the new one, which is much bigger and advanced than its predecessor in terms of projection, sound, seating, and size, not to mention parking.
that stinks…around my neck of the woods, Walgreens just opened in Rockaway and the new one in Ledgewood will be like that one. It would be cool if Morris County had its own drive-in; the only closest one would be in Warwick, NY on Route 94.
I saw some movies in the new wing in those two theaters, which have excellent projection and great surround sound. BTW, which theater has the DLP projector in Succasunna? I would love to see a movie in that format there!!!
thanks for the photos greg!!! I never been to the inner theaters before (I only went in the outers), seems those theaters weren’t as popular as the outer theaters, which had better sound and projection and survived longer than its smaller sister, which was next to a Liberty Travel store and was right across from Primetime Playhouse, which is now the Game Room. The inner theaters were gone, but the arcades live on, and at the AMC in Rockaway (the new one), their game room is smaller than the one at the mall.
Using research from Google, the AMC Rockaway 12 used Cinemeccanica Victoria 5 projectors for the length of its business at both theaters. By the way, when did the old theater open? I knew it opened sometime in the late 1970’s around 1978 and “Rocky” was one of the first movies to be popular at that theater for quite some time. In less than two weeks, it will be five years since the first generation Rockaway theater closed down and nearly 10 years since the inner theaters closed down, both replaced by Best Buy and FYE as well as other stores. Next year will be 30 years since Rockaway got its first taste of movies as AMC entered the still new Rockaway Mall with Morris County’s first multiplex.
btw, did the original Hairspray play at this theater?
From what I heard from most people I know, half go to Clearview and half go to AMC. Between these two theaters, AMC gets high marks for its return to Rockaway with bigger screens, surround sound, and food selection, while Clearview gets acclaim for excellent projection (some of which is digital), great film series (classic film programs in Succasunna, matinees for moms with babies, and free kids movies), and that neighborhood feel that sloganizes the chain. No matter how they compete, both chains in the richest county in NJ will strive to provide Morris County residents with the best in Hollywood entertainment, period.
By the time the 2009 schedule comes, there will be fewer movies, TV shows, and trailers made. A box office recession will come, one that will go deeper than the 2005 one. Other forms of entertainment, such as videogames and YouTube, will rise and cater those affected by the possible strike. Not since baseball took a breather has Hollywood expected a strike on the scale of that one that forced a world series to cancel. If it can happen in sports, it might happen in Hollywood. Theater chains will lose money on concessions as well as tickets, with fewer screens for too many movies, and there will be few leftover product. For celebs, that means more time hanging out with loved ones than being on camera, and that’s a good thing.
I kinda agree with you, lvhg. ID4 and both versions of War of the Worlds, as well as Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Earth vs. the Flying Saucers and The Day the Earth Stood Still rule the alien invasion genre, but E.T. is king when it attracts a huge worldwide audience. As for the theater’s prominence in the movie, I thought it was the old Loews Orpheum in NY, not the NYC one. It made sense when the movie took place not in NY, as to not to remind moviegoers of 9/11 again, this time with robots instead of terrorists. Good thing Mike Bay didn’t set a part of the story in Iraq or Afghanistan, and made Transformers a very real but fantasized version of post-apocalyptic America.
as of right now, it’s open. The parent company of this theater is now Americanplace, the same company that owns the 6 plex in Flemington, the only movie theater in Hunterdon County, N.J. This theater is located in a building where a Rita’s and a Panera Bread are located.
Here’s an interesting link..
notice that the movie theater is not there, just under construction. This photo needs to be updated to show the new theater. Are there any other map sites that show the theater after it opened?
Went to see “Transformers” in theater #1. The movie was good, but what happened before me and my dad went to see it was crazy. First, we asked some young guy for two tickets to see the movie, and he rung up four tickets; he would correct and printed out the right amount, but a different showtime (4:20) instead of 5:30!!! We then brought the tickets back to the cashier and got the right ones. Once we entered the auditorium, the Moviewatcher pre-show was a bore; most of the commercials repeated over and over, and the first look segments were all jumbled up…maybe this was a computer glitch. By the time the film was projected, I was happy. Good projection (the DLP version is playing exclusively in Parsippany and Succasunna, which I don’t go to anymore) and great sound…and the audience loved it. Upon leaving the theater, I saw an ad for an NCM Fathom movie coming to this theater…“Dale”. I hope it’s a good movie.