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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!!!
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.
900 seats, I think. Do they still do the lights and sound show before the showing of an IMAX movie? That was awesome, and after that, one of the ushers came up and announced how the 3D works. When Beowulf opens at this theater, will the theater show it in digital and IMAX 3d? That would be awesome and I could see the grosses of this theater, home to some high profile premieres. Do they still have the posters along the long escalator leading up to the IMAX theater from Columbia Pictures, or has that been removed since the Loews Cineplex takeover and then the AMC merger?
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On October 19th, Jack Skellington returns to Succasunna, this time in Disney Digital 3D as The Nightmare Before Xmas 3D plays for the 1st time in Succasunna as well as Parsippany. Now that this theater finally got the DLP needed to show the movie, I don’t need to drive far to Elizabeth to see it again in 3D!!! The next movie to be shown in this format will be Beowulf, which will be fun to watch. Too bad the AMC in Rockaway will not show this one, instead they’ll show another horror movie, 30 Days of Night, which is not for the faint of heart!!!
As for that black poster, it’s for American Gangster, that new Ridley Scott film that will be a hoot at this theater…seems that this theater has more Oscar-worthy fare playing at this theater than any other theater in Morris County, save for some of the smaller art-house chains not owned by big companies!!! The crowd during the movie was well behaved. One reminder, don’t go early to the movie until the cleaning crew has done its job after the credits roll so that you enjoy a clean experience. Most of the staff has been better trained now than it was a few months ago…too bad the arcade is smaller than the theaters itselfs and that the theater lacks a cafe due to the surrounding restaurants in a mall area.
While going to see Resident Evil Extinction with my dad in one of the two auditoriums with the most seats (360 each, according to the sign near the theater), both of which played this so-so horror action bang of a movie, I indeed saw that poster for Poltergeist, which I hope will come to Rockaway for the first time in 25 years. Back when the original ghost movie opened, it was at either the inner or outer 6 (the megaplex’s predecessor), and it made some good money for the most popular horror film of 1982. My guess it will be presented in the same format as the digital preshow, which pales in comparison to DLP. One good note about this theater…the restrooms are well cleaned and have the most powerful hand dryers in any restroom, period!!!
What’s planned for the theater’s 40th anniversary? 2009 seems two years away, and that’s when the new Avatar movie from James Cameron opens…I would love to see it in digital 3d at the theater. Too bad Avatar comes out in summer of 09 and not xmas. 2009 also is the year when fewer movies will be released if there is a possible Hollywood strike, thus crippling the box office for the first time in four years if that happens.
BTW, I went to see “Resident Evil: Extinction” over in Rockaway. The premise of that film is so stupid that it could play easily at the Madison, but it boasts some major Hollywood Stars on a medium budget. Too bad most cheapo horror films go straight to DVD, Blu-Ray, and HD-DVD as well as on the internet and cable tv rather than the old grindhouse theaters of yore.
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.