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This theater brought more development to this town, which first got a taste of it with the opening of a Nabisco factory, and then a Novartis office, as well as a Ramada Inn and Best Buy, making the Route 10 corrider a hot spot for shopping. A chuck e'cheeses is right across from the theater, as well as a golf store and italian pizzeria joint.
the site on which this theater is based on was once the site of another theater: The Anthony Wayne Drive-In, one of the longest-running drive-ins in NJ and one of the last to close, long before the drive-in in Paramus. There are plans to build a bigger complex with stadium seating during the expansion of the Wayne Town Center shopping complex near the theater, which could soon be demolished for parking space and compete against Willowbrook for top shopping.
someone should change it to open and leave the twin as closed. Newton theater will soon be open again this spring and will once again duke it out against sparta for top movie theater in sussex county!!!
pretty soon the newton theater will be back to compete against sparta!!!
Good news!!! Found this article on the net…
there’s also some little info about that other theater in Newton that is now the municipal building. Kudos to Mr. Paige for taking great lengths to renovate the building. I hope they have digital sound in both auditoriums since both screens sound systems were mono and there was lack of bass, but the seating was very good.
The U2 movie is also being shown in digital 3d as well. Too bad Hannah Montana is not playing at this theater. When the IMAX theater was in its first years, I remember seeing a short policy film called “Mr. Big Screen” which showed a guy trying to opening up the big screen, which ends with a nice fly-by view of New York City. Before the film began, they had some usher announcing the film and what do to following a light show. To this day, has the IMAX part of the theater gained more popularity than the rest of the theater? It’s the only one with stadium seating.
By that you mean the Rialto, not the AMC Loews, in RP and the Cedar Lane cinemas in Teaneck. This theater was acquired by Clearview the same day as the Allwood as well as other theaters on 6/26/1996. Too bad Clearview didn’t do a good job of renovating the Allwood the same way they did with this theater.
Acquired by Clearview 6/26/1996.
pretty soon this theater will soon close due to a new mall project that will also include a 14-screener in Bartonsville.
Check out my post on Manville’s competiton…the theater in Bridgewater is expanding during a mall renovation project that will give Manville a run for its money…
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looks like Bridgewater will finally get a brand new theater that will be better than the old one!!! Just in time for its 20th anniversary, it will expand to 14 screens, with seven becoming stadium seating and the other probably the original. I wonder if THX will still support the new theater, as the company still uses it in Clifton Commons and Essex Green after the GC takeover. Hopefully it will have DLP and compete against Manville.
later this year marks the 10th anniversary of Clearview’s first and only megaplex, and it lacks the technology of what’s in Succasunna and Parsippany as well as other Clearview’s that have DLP. But it’s the only one that has stadium seating and convienient parking in a rural town.
someone at ct should update the summary of the theater, as well as the status and in the near future, what retail space the former theater will turn into. I think the size of that building would fit an organic foods market like Whole Foods or perhaps Trader Joe’s..maybe a Chuck E'Cheeses, since there’s so few of them in North Jersey (East Hanover and Wayne come to mind). Maybe a Sonic Drive-In, since the crowd over at Fuddruckers has declined since the tenplex closed!!!
Originally opened as a Hoyts theater when I last visited, now owned under the umbrella of the largest theater chain in America. Lacks the stadium seating of recent regals like the one in South Plainfield..can’t believe this theater is still open!!!
Oops. This theater was an eight screen theater. Someone at CT should change the screen count to 8. I actually went to this theater to see Blair Witch during a summer vacation with my family in nearby Kennebunkport, ME, at a vacation house. It was my first time visiting what was then a Hoyts Cinema. The experience at this theater was very good. Small crowd, ok presentation. One of the smaller theaters I think. Dolby stereo, and there were some forgettable previews. Sad to see this place gone. Last time I checked, it was bought by an independent company and renamed it Northeast Cinemas and later closed it as of late last year. The second one I visited once owned by Hoyts but now Regal is the still open Aviation Mall Cinema in Queensbury, which is listed on Cinema Treasures, and was a better theater than the one in Maine.
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Can’t wait till July of 08 and see the new Batman there…very sad to see Heath Ledger’s last movie there. The last movie with Mr. Ledger that played in the old Rockaway was “A Knight’s Tale”.
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it’s always updated whenever a new store opens or closes. Judging by the size of each building now occupied by the Best Buy and the FYE/ retailers, the Outers were larger and had more seats while the Inners had fewer seats. Parking must’ve been a hassle back then since both complexes shared space with other retailers. As for acoustics, I think the Inners didn’t do well since you would hear the crowd outside the mall. Why did AMC fail to renew the lease with the mall before the new AMC opened?
No relation to the Greenwich cinema in Connecticut.
Yup. Cablevision is one of the worst companies in the tri-state area, managing bad sports teams, poor cable service, and some poorly run movie theater chain that is one of the smallest in the nation but dominates the tri-state area in terms of screens. A chain like AMC or Landmark does a good job taking over an old theater and sprucing it up, even though it loses some of its luster. Clearview is the worst chain, plus they lack stadium seating and don’t have any morning specials like AMC does.
Since Cablevision now controls the building, they don’t want the public to dig deeper into their hidden stuff, much like the company does with Clearview Cinemas and its cable operations, as well as its sports teams and arena.
To this day, most people prefer to watch movies full-screen, even with the advent of HDTV and digital cinema, at home. Too bad the ratio used by HDTV is not as wide as Cinemascope/Panavision, leaving the user to zoom in on the 2:39 or greater ratio. The only studio that makes filmed stuff in 2:20:1 is Sony, who makes only trailers for the movies in the format, mostly for big movies.
Similiar to what the Meadow Six did with big movies whereas the Plaza 8 handled with smaller movies. Currently they don’t do that anymore since AMC acquired the Loews brand and ran it into the ground. BTW, the screens at the AMC 16 are much bigger than the smaller one, but projection is more blurrier even though the surround sound is bassier than the original. The space left by AMC’s Outer 6 made it a perfect location for Best Buy, while the Inner Theater’s remains were turned into a hotspot for stealing and loitering in the soon to be gone FYE store.
Looks like that space occupied by the inner theaters will soon be open again, as FYE is planning a sale on all its merchandise before closing for good. AMC will never open a theater in that mall again since they opened the Rockaway 16, which is more popular than the old theater. Maybe an Old Navy should be there, as the closest Old Navy is in Mt. Olive, and also in Wayne. The space occupied by the music/video/games retailer is very large and appropriate for a clothing store, as its sister store right across the street (not related to the old theater), Sat. Matinee, is smaller. When it ran as a 12 plex, which theater did better business, the outer or inner?
As shocking as the Giants beating up of the Pats in the super bowl, the number one movie in America this past weekend is not playing at this theater. Why? Simple. 3D. “Hanna Montana & Miley Cirus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert” in Disney Digital 3D is playing at Clearview Parsippany, AMC’s current competition. The closest AMC theater playing it is in Clifton Commons. At least AMC will soon install Imax digital 3d just in time for summer. I’m sure a lot of teenyboppers in Rockaway are dissapointed but have to find a different theater to go to that has digital 3d but lacks stadium seating.