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moviebuff82 commented about Movie ticket prices...good for the box office, bad for moviegoers on Nov 13, 2007 at 2:33 pm

Since broadway’s on strike, theatergoers will have to go to offbroadway theaters, Radio City Music Hall, and the movies.

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moviebuff82 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Nov 13, 2007 at 12:14 pm

When Beowulf opens, will it be shown in digital 3d alongside the Imax 3d and 35mm? I checked the advance listing and it only showed 35mm and IMAX 3D for the two screens.

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moviebuff82 commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 13, 2007 at 12:09 pm

I checked the listings and nothing is coming out at this theater between Friday and the week after. Why is that? It would be nice to see the theater show something like Beowulf in digital 3-d, since Beowulf is a major movie event. At least the Lincoln Square theater will make a lot of money on this one as they will show it in all three formats.

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moviebuff82 commented about Movie ticket prices...good for the box office, bad for moviegoers on Nov 13, 2007 at 12:01 pm

also consider the movie pirates out there. With the advent of Youtube and Bittorrent, millions of internet users can finally watch a movie days before or after it’s out. A good example of this is American Gangster, which a good copy was made from a screener dvd that was sold on the black market. Despite that, the movie is doing great at the box office and with Bee Movie make up for the rest of the box office crap that is out there in the plexes right now. As for prices in the theaters, prices for 3-D shows are something new to crow about. In the past, the price for a 3-d show was the same as a regular show. Now with the advent of digital 3-d, the price is even higher, which means higher grosses for movies that don’t do well in 2-d.

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moviebuff82 commented about AMC Loews Plaza 8 on Nov 10, 2007 at 2:22 pm

as of right now, even with the recent increases by AMC and other theaters as of 11/2/2007, this theater, along with its bigger brother, remain the cheapest places to see a movie near the Meadowlands. Get there while it lasts, cause the new Xanadu theater will probably open sometime in 2008 or 2009. And a movie theater in Linden that you mentioned about, Mr. Bubny, is now an AMC. It’s called the Aviation 12, located near aviation plaza. It doesn’t have DLP, just the same stuff as the AMC in ROckaway.

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moviebuff82 commented about Allwood Cinemas 6 on Nov 10, 2007 at 2:17 pm

A good example of this is the warner quad in ridgewood and hawthorn theater. Warner Bros, Disney, and Universal films always played in hawthorne, while fox, paramount/dreamworks, sony, and mgm chose the warner quad. Most recently, Disney’s Ratatouille played in the Warner Quad rather than in Hawthorne. As for ticket prices, the Allwood is still cheaper than AMC, even though it’s showing signs of wearing down in the near future when digital film will take over the box office. Also, traffic around the theater still remains a bit tricky because there’s the Allwood circle.

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moviebuff82 commented about AMC Clifton Commons 16 on Nov 10, 2007 at 2:11 pm

Since the first opening moviegoing weekend of November, AMC, like other chains, have raised prices at its theaters by 5% to $10.50. Back when it opened in 1999, the price was around $9, at that time the highest priced theater in Passaic County, NJ. To this day, the Allwood Sixplex, owned by Clearview, still has the cheapest prices in town and has become sort of a rundown place while Clifton Commons took advantage of the digital age with DLP. Currently there are plans to build more stores near the Clifton Commons area on Route 3 with another new shopping center to join that area as well as the Styerstown Shopping district. This theater was popularly featured in “The Sopranos” whenever the family visited a movie there.

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moviebuff82 commented about AMC Clifton Commons 16 on Nov 10, 2007 at 2:10 pm

Since the first opening moviegoing weekend of November, AMC, like other chains, have raised prices at its theaters by 5% to $10.50. Back when it opened in 1999, the price was around $9, at that time the highest priced theater in Passaic County, NJ. To this day, the Allwood Sixplex, owned by Clearview, still has the cheapest prices in town and has become sort of a rundown place while Clifton Commons took advantage of the digital age with DLP. Currently there are plans to build more stores near the Clifton Commons area on Route 3 with another new shopping center to join that area as well as the Styerstown Shopping district. This theater was popularly featured in “The Sopranos” whenever the family visited a movie there.

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moviebuff82 commented about AMC Loews Wayne 14 on Nov 10, 2007 at 2:05 pm

Here’s a link to a story first published in the New York Times nearly 10 years ago, back when Titanic ruled the box office. View link
I saw it only once with some relatives of mine and we got in without any hitches, but the theater was packed so i had to sit in the left side of the auditorium. It was an SDDS presentation and the experience was good. I suggest you use google news archive and type in loews wayne. BTW, ticket prices at this theater have reached the dangerous $10 level, .50 cheaper than Clifton Commons and 25 cents less than Clearview’s theater. BTW, what will happen nearly 25 years from now when this place turns 50?

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moviebuff82 commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 10, 2007 at 1:51 pm

Not as profitable as Clearview’s few multiplexes in the tri-state area, such as Parsippany and Succasunna, both of which are a bit cheaper than the Ziegfeld and easy to travel to than in NYC.

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moviebuff82 commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Nov 7, 2007 at 12:32 pm

just like the amc in rockaway, its nemesis, the clearviews in parsippany and succasunna raised their prices to $10.25. It’s still half a dollar cheap there compared to AMC, even though AMC has the cheapest matinee program anywhere with AM Cinema. Too bad most of AMC’s screens show 35mm for the feature and trailers and digital projection for the preshow.

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moviebuff82 commented about Beekman Theatre on Nov 6, 2007 at 2:40 pm

so much for that theater. Maybe Clearview should buy the newton theater over in nj and make it a good one.

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moviebuff82 commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 6, 2007 at 2:38 pm

why not? The Hall has more seats than the Z. The Ziegfeld is the movie theater most people think of when going to New York. Radio City is for everything else.

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moviebuff82 commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 6, 2007 at 2:16 pm

the die hard movie was one. As for the strike, there might be fewer movies premiering at the hall come 2009 or later.

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moviebuff82 commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 6, 2007 at 11:51 am

Speaking of strikes, the writer’s strike could mean fewer movie premieres at rcmh.

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moviebuff82 commented about Newton Theatre on Nov 6, 2007 at 11:16 am

it’ll be a few years before all the old theaters will become dinosaurs. I hope the newton theater doesn’t get demolished!!!

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moviebuff82 commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 5, 2007 at 1:04 pm

only on MSG’s cable outlets, such as Cablevision and Service Electric. Direct TV might have it, and perhaps Dish. Call your cable/satellite operator, or try to find it on youtube soon.

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moviebuff82 commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 4, 2007 at 5:20 am

thanks for the info, vito. Radio City Music Hall is a true Cinema Treasure, and the tallest one in Manhattan.

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moviebuff82 commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Nov 3, 2007 at 6:51 am

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!!!

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moviebuff82 commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Nov 2, 2007 at 12:05 pm

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.

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moviebuff82 commented about Question about Century Theaters on Nov 2, 2007 at 11:47 am

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!!!

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moviebuff82 commented about Thirty years ago, I remember UFO's and disco! on Nov 1, 2007 at 12:12 pm

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.

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moviebuff82 commented about Thirty years ago, I remember UFO's and disco! on Oct 31, 2007 at 11:41 am

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.

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moviebuff82 commented about Meet the people who run Cinema Treasures! on Oct 30, 2007 at 5:08 pm

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.

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moviebuff82 commented about Radio City Music Hall on Oct 28, 2007 at 1:09 pm

great view…nothing much has changed. OH by the way, there will be an MSG special on the history of the theater this week.