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i still enjoy going to this theater…it’s worth it. During the preshow they show a lot of local ads much like how cablevision (parent of rival clearview) shows ads during cable shows on tv. They really try their best to be as local as a theater gets without hawking cable services much like Cablevision does at its cinemas. This makes AMC more like a movie theater company rather than a division of a huge media conglomerate. I remember when Loews used to be owned by Sony, when that happened, a lot of Sony ads were playing in the theaters, and most of the screens featured SDDS, not to mention playstation kiosks at the theaters. By the time the Loews Cineplex deal came, Sony left for good.
very funny. btw i hope this theater gets dlp or else i go to parsippany or succasunna.
good for you. Go there during Sundays, since the parking lot tends not to be as crowded surrounding the place.
just went by the theater today and there was an ambulance along with some cop cars near the entrance; my best guess was someone choked on some popcorn and a lucky moviegoer called 911 to notify st claire’s about it. good thing that the theater was still open and not busy as most people went back to school and work.
Was the RKO Madison a top grosser for the theater company, and was it as popular as the Route 4 theater that they owned?
Same could be said for the succasunna theater’s weekly showings of classic movies, no advance ticketing, just pay and enter the theater. I think this will mean long lines at the Ziegfeld. Hope this is not a problem with the next movie, which is Blade Runner.
What’s the next movie to be premiering at the Hall? Last movie that played was the new Die Hard movie. BTW, what was the last movie that played at the Hall for regular showings before it became a concert venue we know today?
The cost to build this theater was $15 million, one of the most expensive movie theaters in North Jersey. And it was worth the cash, with all the glitz and glamour of a modern multiplex. Too bad they don’t have plasma screens advertising previews like their competition from Clearview, as well as NCM content which is heavily advertised in the pre-show. I hope this changes in the future when the summer movie season returns next year!!!
When the jersey got triplexed in the early 1970’s, how many seats did each auditorium have and which sound formats did they have in each? Also, was the theater one of the most profitable for Loews during that time from 1974-1986, even as the company worked on newer theaters like the theaters in Wayne and Secaucus, which opened four years before the oldest Loews theater in North Jersey closed for nearly two decades before getting restored to its single screen glory by some non-profit people? I hope the same thing happens to the long-vacant Franklin theater in Nutley, which is still there and badly needs restoration after it closed in 2000.
can’t wait to see it when it’s on bluray…is the new indy jones movie going to play at the ziegfeld next year? I would love to see more new releases playing at this legendary venue.
And when did that chain go out of business? Is it when Cineplex Odeon took over the operation and made it into their own business?
Wouldn’t it be better if Clearview bought the theater from AMC and make it more friendly? That would be cool!!!
I guess this theater was one of the longest running theaters in the UATC/REG era. 75 years is a long time for a theater that might’ve gone through a lot of interior, exterior, and climate changes!!! Not to be confused with the theater of the same chain that is named after a cigarette and an NJ town.
As of right now, the Loews name will still be used as a division of AMC Entertainment, which has more theater brands than any theater exhibitor in America. Speaking of Cherry Hill, have you seen Ali Larter going to that theater, since she was born and raised in that town? She’s the woman who’s in Heroes, and the AMC Moviewatcher preshow is hawking her hit show a lot!!!
there might be ghosts of moviegoers past in that building, heck, there might be some scary bats and boogeyman right around the corner…
After 9/11, the movies that I went to see were mostly light hearted fare like drama, comedy, and fantasy. Here’s a list of them in chronological order: Hearts in Atlantis, Iron Monkey, K-Pax, Monsters, Inc., Harry Potter 1, Not Another Teen Movie, LOTR 1, The Royal Tenenbaums, A Beautiful Mind, Black Hawk Down, Collateral Damage, We Were Soldiers, Ice Age, Blade 2, Panic Room, The Scorpion King, Spider-Man 1, Star Wars II, Minority Report, Men In Black II, Austin Powers 3, Stuart Little 2, Signs, and XXX. I saw 24 films at the plexes, mostly at either Succasunna, Clifton Commons, Aviation Mall 7 in Queensbury, and Mansfield.
very clever article, homeboy.
And when Lord of the Rings came out a month after that, movies started to get better and more spritual. Heck, even the Matrix sequels had some Christianity in them and so did the new Superman movie. Remakes of older movies were updated for the post 9/11 world, such as The Omen, as well as movies based on pre 9/11 events such as Black Hawk Down, We Were Soldiers, and most recently The Kingdom, which I’ll be seeing soon. Finally, movies about 9/11 came to fruition a year ago, when “United 93” and later “World Trade Center” reminded people about the drama of 9/11, while movies such as “Team America” and “Fahrenheit 9/11” reminded us the parody and scrutiny of terrorism in our shores. Horror too made a big comeback post 9/11.
nope. It was at the Astor, which was the Ziegfeld’s rival at the time, and was owned by Loews until it was closed three years ago. It is now the Nokia Theater.
The Saturday Night Fever DVD that I have has good use of the surround sound. It was the first disco movie to feature Dolby Stereo, and even though it was not 70mm like Grease, it was a low budget hit featuring what was the first movie to have a best selling soundtrack, a record which was overtook by The Bodyguard. SNF helped the Bee Gees become world wide pop stars, and John Travolta became one of the first true Jersey movie stars to become famous. Too bad the sequel and the Broadway remake didn’t do justice to this 70’s classic. BTW, when will new movies return to the Z? Usually the place is packed whenever a big new release comes out. Too bad there are no more Star Wars movies to fill those seats!!!
Just went to see “Superbad” in the auditorium next to the one where “Bourne” was playing and it was a very packed house. Lots of laughs!!! The presentation was top notch and the sound was very good for a medium budgeted comedy. As for what the #16 screen theater is, I guess it’s clifton commons since that theater gets more hype than the Rockaway location even though it used to be a General Cinema. When the new “Beowulf” movie comes out, I would love to see it in Digital 3d rather than plain old blurry 2d at the Rockaway theater since it will be one year since the theater opened. Oh, and this theater has the best ATMs for purchasing tickets in any theater so that you won’t get stuck in line!!!
Looks like a department store now.
The closest theater near me that has the same name of the theater is a sixplex in Westfield, N.J. How does that theater compare with this one? Was this the first movie theater named Rialto, and what was it named after?
went to see bourne 3 in theatre #16 and enjoyed the presentation, the audience was obient except for a few cell phone clicks and something banging near the ladies restroom. one word of caution when watching this movie…there are a lot of blurry action scenes that make use of the shaky cam. this is not the theater’s fault, it’s the way the movie is shot.
I like that version better than the toned down PG version, which Paramount rereleased in 1979 following the success of another John Travolta movie that the studio released, Grease, the year before. Paramount decided to tone down SNF’s sex, violence, and language for family audiences while keeping the classic music, but it didn’t catch on to die hard fans the way the original did when it was rated R.