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I’ve been to a REG theater (the one in South Plainfield) and the seats there are pretty good, it’s that the sound and picture aren’t that great…is this true for the E-Walk now that Regal took over. Looks like this theater will close for good in the future because AMC Empire 25 is getting all the good stuff (digital projection, classic movies, indies)…they should put a sports arena in there or a mall.
Went back to this theater with a group of young adults from the SCARC “Yacht Club” program (designed for young adults 18+ to go on trips like this one) after going to several Rockaway showings and the difference is huge. The projection and sound were excellent, there were no pre-show ads (maybe Clearview is getting ready to roll out the digital pre-show after that huge extension with Screenvision), and the seating remained the same the last time I visited there. Clearview is doing a good job for their moviegoing program. Rather than just get points off of tickets, I can get points off buying concessions, too. Plus tickets here are a bit cheaper than AMC’s, and they have a classics program. After the monstrosity that was AMC Rockaway 16, Succasunna is still alive.
Here’s a recent article regarding the tenplex’s replacement…
May 25 is the scheduled date for the opening, which will be attached to the mall instead of being a standalone theater like the current theater. Will it be better than Rockaway? Hopefully it will be for Paramus moviegoers who have to drive to Edgewater, Ridgefield Park, or West Nyack for their big screen fix.
Here’s a list of movies that played in 70mm at this theater:
“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” 5/23/1984
“A Chorus Line” 12/10/1985
“Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” 11/26/1986
“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” 5/24/1989
“Dick Tracy” 6/15/1990
“Far and Away” 5/22/1992
Breaking news….the CompUSA which replaced the old movie theater will be closing this year…so much for a so-so computer store that took over a popular location…maybe the movies should come back there….too bad OfficeMax is still popular where the old GC Totowa Cinema was located. The last movie I saw at that theater was “Hook”, which was an ok movie to see in a small auditorium in Totowa, where there was no 70mm version. According to fromscripttodvd.com, the last 70mm movie that played there was the box office flop The Black Cauldron, Disney’s first PG-rated cartoon.
I don’t know; when did it get certified by THX?
When 300 opens this weekend, please post any info regarding the presentation of the film, which will look a bit different than those commercials advertising the film that were shown in HD. The film will play on three screens (probably the two big auditoriums and the third biggest) at the theater with normal 35mm projection and Dolby Digital EX surround sound with a running time of nearly 2 hours (not including the AMC Moviewatcher Network stuff as well as the trailers).
Years after the theater closed, the movies are returning to the Plaza in a much different form, this time a 16-plex slated to open in the spring of this year. When that happens, I will post the Garden State 16 on this site. Hopefully it will be much better than the aging Route 4 Tenplex, which has outlasted all of its nearby cinema competition (Paramus Picture Show, Route 17 Triplex, and Bergen Mall) as the most popular multiplex in Paramus.
Thanks for that photo!! This was back in the days before TV lured people away from theaters like the Clifton theater, which was mentioned in a recent issue of Clifton Merchant, the town’s magazine. From its humble beginnings as a popular place for Hollywood’s Golden Age to showing blockbusters on a large screen to its status as a popular hangout for urban moviegoers to its fateful end as a transformation to a Walgreen’s, the Clifton Theater was the first theater to open in Clifton that paved the way for other theaters in the surrounding area, mostly the still open Allwood Sixplex, which is much nicer but smaller than the Clifton Quad.
went to see terabithia, decent presentation that was a bit out of focus and some channels in the surround sound were out of phase. any word on when digital projection is coming to this theater? i can’t hardly wait!
Was that screening crowded when Alien came out?
I use that site and read that some of the theaters I used to go to, such as those in Wayne and Paramus, used to have 70mm screens that have been chopped up into smaller 35mm screens.
Wished the rockaway 16 had 70mm rather than the blurry 35mm.
what was the difference between those two formats?
When I was young, I remember reading the showtimes and already knew that the movie was playing on a lot of screens (e.g., Loews Wayne).
that’s kinda weird since most movies nowadays can be played on two or three screens; was “Star Wars” the first movie to play on multiple screens because of its increasing popularity?
I agree with you, vic. Look at how a THX certified theater can have excellent projection while having decent sound. The only Clearview Cinema in my area to have digital is its most famous: The Ziegfeld Theater. They also have sharper projectors at their local theaters, which gives them a bit of an advantage over their larger competition.
It opened in the 1960’s.
The former cinema, which was located minutes off Route 10 Eastbound on the way down to Morristown in Cedar Knolls (not too far from where I work at Employment Horizons, my workshop), later became a strip mall with a Wal-Mart as well as other stores and restaurants. When did it open and close and how many seats did it hold in each auditorium, as well as the sound and picture formats?
what’s in place of the drive in? At the intersection is a bunch of retail space that has taken up the space of the farm.
Just went to see Pan’s Labyrinth in theater #5, and the film was awesome. No splices at all (save for the change to credits at the very end which is normal for all movies), the sound was terrific, and the picture was very good, with readable big subtitles. All in all, a nice experience in a rarely crowded show. When I left the theater, there was a short line since it was early evening and most people were at the mall rather than the 16-plex. I hope business rebounds after the Oscars are over and seeing if some movies that have been out of the theater are going to play there. I really want to see “The Queen” but that’s playing only in Parsippany (Clearview) and in AMC’s sister theater in East Hanover (no stadium seating, duh). So much for AMC Select in Rockaway.
In the near future, newer theaters like the AMC Rockaway 16 will get enough profit from snack sales to buy digital projection for two of its biggest theaters, 8 and 9. I like the sound but the picture is very blurry except the cigarette burns and minor scratches which are very noticeable; I hope that theaters like this as well as those that will open in Linden and in Paramus will have technology that will bring more people to the movies, which are right now in a bit of a slump except that Ghost Rider is doing so well, even though no theaters aren’t showing it in DLP around New Jersey according to the local listings. Perhaps sitting in the back rows will increase my chance of seeing a sharper picture rather than sitting in the front rows…