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Last night I went to see “American Gangster”. The presentation of the movie and trailers were great, but the preshow was a noshow. The reason? The colors were washed out…but the sound was loud and decent. Hopefully on my next visit they’ll fix the problem. Another thing worth noting is when my dad bought the tickets, there were no people tearing the tickets and telling them which theater it is, which is strange. And Michael D, I got your info and it’s true, first the concessions, and now the ticket prices are up. But not the AM Cinema, which is still 6 dollars!!!
just checked out the website, and they raised ticket prices by .50. Also worth noting when I checked out the times for beowulf…no digital 3d, just plain old 35mm when it opens in two weeks. Hopefully this will change in the future as Beowulf will be the first major movie to be on 1,000 3d screens. Rockaway is not one of them, and when I see Beowulf, I won’t care if it’s in 3d or not, I’ll just enjoy watching the movie with a much larger screen and bigger surround sound.
Hope it solves your problem…that theater went through numerous changes and owner ship; it’s successor is the AMC Garden State 16, located near the Garden State Plaza. It might be no old Route 4 theater, but it’s technologically advanced and has more seating than its predecessor!!!
My first movie was a re-issue of “Snow White” back in 1983 when I was a toddler, and it was my first g-rated film. My first PG rated movie would be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, my first pg-13 rated movie would be Congo, and my first r-rated movie would be Donnie Brasco. The snow white movie was at the hyway theater in my old town of fairlawn, the turtle one would be in the wayne quad preakness, congo was in the now gone tenplex, and brasco was in Loews Wayne. As of right now, I have not seen an nc-17 rated movie at a theater and that’s because they’re not common in my multiplex.
Both movies would see additional success in different versions….Close Encounters would be re-released during the summer of 1980 in a version that would have a different ending (inside the mothership); that version was one of the first Spielberg movies to appear on VHS. Saturday Night Fever, on the other hand, didn’t fare well when Paramount cut out a lot of swear words and sex to make a family friendly version (PG) of the film, following the success of Grease the previous year (I guess Paramount did a trailer before SNF for Grease). Both versions came out on VHS and only the R-rated version is now available. As for the music, only SNF made more in record sales than Close Encounters.
i agree with you. The multiplex changed the way movies were shown and made some single screen theaters extinct. Some theaters have become live venues or public places, while others have cut up into several theaters or rebuilt as movie theaters. Cinema Treasures is the #1 site when it comes to finding info on old and current movie theaters, as well as future theaters that will open in the future.
great view…nothing much has changed. OH by the way, there will be an MSG special on the history of the theater this week.
any plans on meeting up in northern NJ? I live near a major movie theater there and would check out mostly older theaters that are still thriving.
that’s good news. At least most of the evacuees went to a football/baseball stadium rather than the city’s cinema treasures. This is not as severe as what happened during Katrina, when a lot of old movie theaters in New Orleans were hit hard by the storms. In my area, the only theater that was hit hard by weather of this type was the floods that damaged a movie theater in Bound Brook, and that theater is still being renovated.
Unless it’s a holiday or a day when a big movie opens (such as a Friday or Hump Day)!!!! I might go if I’m sick or if my bus route is cancelled due to inclement weather. As for your previous comment, jmags, the best matinee is the AM Cinema on Fridays and Holidays. Is it AMC’s largest theater in North Jersey? I think so. The theater in Rockaway is too large, and the one in Clifton Commons is too long, but the AMC in Paramus is just right. 14 screens with 35mm projection, and 2 with DLP. BTW, which theaters are the largest and have the most seats?
and there are showtimes on there, even though the theater is closed for good.
most recently, there was a fatal accident near that theater, but there was no damage. I first heard about it on the radio.
I agree with you Peter. The Newton theater always played that cute cartoon before each feature, the one where all the snack characters go to the lobby. Unlike most conservative big screen chains like AMC and Clearview where price reigns over service, the Newton Twin theater never had any changes in presentation and service when Galaxy Theater Corp. and then New Day Cinemas (owned by a dot-com company specializing in classic sci-fi movies) took over the independently run theater, which was one of the longest running theaters in New Jersey, if not America. Most recently, they had a Date Night offering each monday; two tickets for only $12!!!! Too bad it didn’t catch on with the new generation going to the high-tech theaters.
any changes since amc took over?
after the closing of the newton, will this theater be next?
i agree with you. btw, what will happen to the building? it’s an important icon of downtown newton. this is bigger than what happened to the fancy spring house restaurant, now a bar restaurant. the closest thing to a local theater is the one in blairstown that once again showing movies besides musicals and other vauldiville acts. give it a try!
The last movies that the theater showed were “30 Days of Night” and “The Game Plan”, which enjoyed nearly a month of success at the theater as the Newton was a popular place for showing kid movies, especially Disney fare such as the “Pirates” movies, all three of which played in Newton. This theater has withstood competition from many new theaters surrounding northwest new jersey from 5/15/1924- sometime in 1997 and from 1997-2007 when Nathan Page took over the theater and most recently sold the twin to New Day Cinemas, who then closed the theater. Why did they close it? Was it because of the new AMC theater in rockaway or declining attendance? I hope it reopens and gets bought by Clearview.
that’s sad. now the only theater left in sussex county is in sparta. at least the newton lived a long life.
just went to amc’s website for the upcoming sawfest next thursday, and looks like this theater won’t participate. the closest one is in clifton, which could be a nightmare for die hard saw fans in the morris county area. this adds more insult for this nearly year old theater, which isn’t keeping up to date on technology like the clearviews in succasunna and parsippany. one reason is taxes and the credit crunch. this theater was built before all that happened. as of this weekend, not a single movie is playing on two screens, a result of this weekend’s record count of new releases. the only movie not playing at this theater is that sarah paranormal flick, not to mention the jessie james film. next summer will be a successful summer for amc in rockaway, when indiana jones will return since his last crusade ended at the old amc. by then, amc will return to the stock market and hopefully dlp arrives before 2009, when that strike could bring fewer good movies and the first box office slump in four years!
this theater was one of a few that were opened by loews some 25 years ago.
We’ll see. Considering the news surrounding the parent company of the theater regarding the fight to take Cablevision private is more important to shareholders than what will come with the new christmas spectacular. Once in a few years, I always go there for the spectaculars (Easter and Xmas) as well as tapings of TV shows (e.g., Celebrity Jeopardy). I can’t wait until the theater turns 100!!! Maybe the new opening will be in IMAX, even though RCMH can’t show a format like that (only the Lincoln Square and Naturemax theaters show that format!!!).
Good thing I never go to this theater in Bergen County, the Garden State 16 is the best theater in Bergen County, and mostly north jersey. I like AMC’s three 16plexers in Rockaway, Paramus, and Clifton, even though I haven’t been to AMC’s clifton location in awhile since I last visited it as a general cinema location. It’s a good thing AMC acquired that popular theater and kept it the way it is while adding digital projection to it, and pretty soon they’ll do it to theaters with stadium seating, not those without it (ex: Wayne, East Hanover, the two secacus theaters even though Phantom Menace played only for awhile in DLP). Plus the fact the theater is near a marsh area, and it will become a landfill soon.
Is the sign still there?
this link tells of one NYTimes reporter’s love for the theater and the impact the new Clifton commons theater had on its attendance. BTW, what’s the latest on the theater, LUISMEL? Is it gone for good? Send me some recent pictures!!!
Is it me, or does some of the theaters that AMC owns lack stadium seating that its AMC theaters have (you know, the CO, non-stadium Loews/Sony/Star/MJ complexes)? They should update it for today’s audience and make them all accessible for the disabled. Like most updated theaters, this one has rear window captioning as well as DVS for the disabled. Other than that, this theater’s a bit cheaper than the other theater that AMC owns (Rockaway) and the one they used to own (Morristown).