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Most recently, this theater (now known as the Blairstown Theater Festival at Roy’s Hall) showed Friday the 13th for the first time at the same location where the film was shot. Nothing much has changed since where they shot, except the cars.
This theater is the only one in Passaic County to be equipped with digital projection, which began with the release of “Meet the Robinsons” in digital 3-D. It was so popular at the theater that AMC chose to keep the projection system and play several movies in DLP. Which theater # has DLP? I guess it’s one of the former THX houses.
someone should change the status of this theater to open since it’s now open for business. Is it up to personel at cinema treasures to change a theater listing after someone posts it online (like me)?
Or maybe the Easter show?
thanks, Greg!!! That theater still looked the same in those photos as the last and only time I went there Greg. I saw Exit Wounds in theater 6, since they showed a Dolby Digital trailer before the movie. Boy how ticket prices have jumped in five years between the closing of the old AMC and the new one, which is much bigger and advanced than its predecessor in terms of projection, sound, seating, and size, not to mention parking.
that stinks…around my neck of the woods, Walgreens just opened in Rockaway and the new one in Ledgewood will be like that one. It would be cool if Morris County had its own drive-in; the only closest one would be in Warwick, NY on Route 94.
I saw some movies in the new wing in those two theaters, which have excellent projection and great surround sound. BTW, which theater has the DLP projector in Succasunna? I would love to see a movie in that format there!!!
thanks for the photos greg!!! I never been to the inner theaters before (I only went in the outers), seems those theaters weren’t as popular as the outer theaters, which had better sound and projection and survived longer than its smaller sister, which was next to a Liberty Travel store and was right across from Primetime Playhouse, which is now the Game Room. The inner theaters were gone, but the arcades live on, and at the AMC in Rockaway (the new one), their game room is smaller than the one at the mall.
Using research from Google, the AMC Rockaway 12 used Cinemeccanica Victoria 5 projectors for the length of its business at both theaters. By the way, when did the old theater open? I knew it opened sometime in the late 1970’s around 1978 and “Rocky” was one of the first movies to be popular at that theater for quite some time. In less than two weeks, it will be five years since the first generation Rockaway theater closed down and nearly 10 years since the inner theaters closed down, both replaced by Best Buy and FYE as well as other stores. Next year will be 30 years since Rockaway got its first taste of movies as AMC entered the still new Rockaway Mall with Morris County’s first multiplex.
btw, did the original Hairspray play at this theater?
From what I heard from most people I know, half go to Clearview and half go to AMC. Between these two theaters, AMC gets high marks for its return to Rockaway with bigger screens, surround sound, and food selection, while Clearview gets acclaim for excellent projection (some of which is digital), great film series (classic film programs in Succasunna, matinees for moms with babies, and free kids movies), and that neighborhood feel that sloganizes the chain. No matter how they compete, both chains in the richest county in NJ will strive to provide Morris County residents with the best in Hollywood entertainment, period.
By the time the 2009 schedule comes, there will be fewer movies, TV shows, and trailers made. A box office recession will come, one that will go deeper than the 2005 one. Other forms of entertainment, such as videogames and YouTube, will rise and cater those affected by the possible strike. Not since baseball took a breather has Hollywood expected a strike on the scale of that one that forced a world series to cancel. If it can happen in sports, it might happen in Hollywood. Theater chains will lose money on concessions as well as tickets, with fewer screens for too many movies, and there will be few leftover product. For celebs, that means more time hanging out with loved ones than being on camera, and that’s a good thing.
I kinda agree with you, lvhg. ID4 and both versions of War of the Worlds, as well as Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Earth vs. the Flying Saucers and The Day the Earth Stood Still rule the alien invasion genre, but E.T. is king when it attracts a huge worldwide audience. As for the theater’s prominence in the movie, I thought it was the old Loews Orpheum in NY, not the NYC one. It made sense when the movie took place not in NY, as to not to remind moviegoers of 9/11 again, this time with robots instead of terrorists. Good thing Mike Bay didn’t set a part of the story in Iraq or Afghanistan, and made Transformers a very real but fantasized version of post-apocalyptic America.
as of right now, it’s open. The parent company of this theater is now Americanplace, the same company that owns the 6 plex in Flemington, the only movie theater in Hunterdon County, N.J. This theater is located in a building where a Rita’s and a Panera Bread are located.
Here’s an interesting link..
notice that the movie theater is not there, just under construction. This photo needs to be updated to show the new theater. Are there any other map sites that show the theater after it opened?
Went to see “Transformers” in theater #1. The movie was good, but what happened before me and my dad went to see it was crazy. First, we asked some young guy for two tickets to see the movie, and he rung up four tickets; he would correct and printed out the right amount, but a different showtime (4:20) instead of 5:30!!! We then brought the tickets back to the cashier and got the right ones. Once we entered the auditorium, the Moviewatcher pre-show was a bore; most of the commercials repeated over and over, and the first look segments were all jumbled up…maybe this was a computer glitch. By the time the film was projected, I was happy. Good projection (the DLP version is playing exclusively in Parsippany and Succasunna, which I don’t go to anymore) and great sound…and the audience loved it. Upon leaving the theater, I saw an ad for an NCM Fathom movie coming to this theater…“Dale”. I hope it’s a good movie.
I agree with you…the closest theater near where I live right now is the Clearview in Parsippany, where they might show a Bollywood film or two once in a while amongst a wave of blockbusters and indies. Other than that, I’m sad for those Bollywood fans missing on their favorite film on a big screen with surround sound and stadium seating, hopefully the new Xanadu might play some films of that type.
So far, “Transformers” opened this week, and lo and behold, someone illegally taped the film at a local Bronx theater, the American, and got busted by NYPD under the MPAA’s new anti-piracy law, in which bootleggers get arrested by the police after a moviegoer notifies the management of people taking video of the film on their digital camera or cell phone. It’s an important thing not to record a piece of history at a Cinema Treasure; that way, movie theaters of the past will not be spoiled of their splendor by others who disobey it, and that is true of people talking on cellphones during the movie as well as those pointing lasers at the screen.
Most recently, this theater was the site of an incident involving a bootlegger trying to tape “Transformers” when he was arrested by police due to the new anti-piracy law made by the MPAA. It happened on opening night, when the movie opened nationwide. He was the first moviegoer arrested under the new law, which is important for Hollywood and this theater.
check this out….no more cheesy Indian flicks playing at this theater anymore!!! This theater will once again be like the old Columbia Park 12, but show the same movies as the old Loews theaters since this theater has stadium seating and will do better business than the Secaucus theaters until the mammoth 26-screen Xanadu opens next year.
http://www.njherald.com/366637706429181.php this is the article…don’t see any showtimes online as of yet…is it delayed?
This is the only movie theater in Ramsey remaining after the closing of the Loews Interstate theater. Did most of the employees of the now gone Franklin theater in Nutley move to the Ramsey location along with the digital sound and projection equipment from that triplex?
Here’s something I found on the net: The Daily Record’s culture reporter, Matt Mannochio, is asking moviegoers in Morris County if they prefer AMC or Clearview. I got to talk with him after emailing him that I prefer AMC ‘cause of its close proximity and he knew that attendance at the Clearviews has dropped off since Rockaway opened. Go to dailyrecord.com and click on the updates section for more info.
et first played here weeks before the meadow six opened and played that movie after the quad closed.