AMC Rockaway 16

363 Mount Hope Avenue,
Rockaway, NJ 07866

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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on March 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I agree. Something must be done to bring people into this theater. The only movies that I know that are filling the theaters are kids movies. Family movies tend to stay longer at this theater, as well as blockbuster movies that get good word of mouth.

rampagingbandicoot4
rampagingbandicoot4 on March 1, 2011 at 3:05 pm

It would be hard to imagine this theater failing. That would really suck. If everything is just done by online streaming or DVR or facebook I think something gets lost.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on March 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I agree. If you want to comment on the old Rockaway theater, head over to the AMC Inner/Outer 6 page, which has far fewer comments than this one. Don’t forget since attendance peaked during the 21st century in 2002 (when the outer 6 was open until May), competition from home and social media has transformed the way we watch and talk about movies. Not to mention advances in movie theater technology such as Digital 3D and Digital IMAX at a dangerous cost. The only stuff that is bringing people to this theater are the live events such as UFC, the Met Opera, a classic movie, that kind of stuff. THe next few years will tell what will happen to this theater in the next 10 years.

rampagingbandicoot4
rampagingbandicoot4 on March 1, 2011 at 2:12 pm

That is unfortunate, especially with how high tickets are now. And the IMAX prices are just insane there. Does make you miss the old Inner/Outer 6 AMC which generally had some of the lowest prices anywhere and all sorts of twilight show specials at half the price of anybody else.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on March 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Just got an email from AMC saying that they will discontinue their Moviewatcher service at the end of March and introducing a new program called AMC Stubs, which requires new members to pay $12 a year to use the new service. Moviewatcher members can still get that one new year free and when it ends, there’s an option to pay $12 to renew the membership or cancel and use AMC giftcards and passes to go to the movies. This stinks. I always like Moviewatcher, as well as General Cinema Credits. This leaves the Regal Crown Club and other chains like Clearview as the only free loyalty programs left. AMC probably needs some money.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I agree rampagingbandicoot4. Raising the volume of an AV reciever to the respectable hearing level for watching cable TV is good hearing (normal volume for Bluray and DVD movies), but going to the movies and watching it on a very blurry screen with overloud surround sound (including previews such as The Adjustment Bureau that have a booming music track) is overkill. This is one reason why ratings for this year’s Oscars were down 7% vs. last year, when there was a huge big movie with blue people that lost to an Iraq war movie. With the war in Libya at full effect, except ticket prices to go up before summer time as March comes.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm

thanks, mikerogers.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Justin, you couldn’t get good glasses,think they would throw away bad ones,good comments.

rampagingbandicoot4
rampagingbandicoot4 on February 25, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I hope they continue with the blast from the past stuff. I caught Sixteen Candles there couple weeks ago and it was pretty wild to see it on the giant screen with an audience (last time AMC Rockaway showed it was like ‘84 in the inner theaters I think, pretty wild). Sadly only about 30 people there (Sunday evening). It was a totally mixed crowd though, all ages. Sounded like half the audience had never seen it before and half had every line memorized.

But they didn’t exactly advertise it much. I only spotted it by chance at the last second and didn’t even have time to get anyone to go with me. I never even knew they had shown Back to the Future last Fall as well (and apparently Airplane too a few weeks ago). I guess it’s tricky though- don’t make money since knowbody knows it’s happening but to let enough people know about it means huge advertising costs and maybe more than you can make in special couple day releases (although at least digital helps, with real film the cost of reels alone would really make this sort of thing tough to pull off), but they need a way to get word out better.

But it worked well. The digital transmission worked out and it looked good. It was also nice to have an old 80’s mix where you don’t leave the theater hard of hearing as you do with even non-action flicks these days. I like loud, I mean people say wow you pump up the speakers when you listen to TV, but theaters today, especially AMC Rockaway and some others, just way overdo it. It’s so loud it just becomes uncomfortable and speakers get strainged too much and start sounding shrill and your ears ring and don;t work right for a few hours after you leave half the time.

Anyway, I’ve said more than enough for a month already.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I had the same thing happened to me when Tron Legacy came out I wore scratched glasses…..not a good thing.

rampagingbandicoot4
rampagingbandicoot4 on February 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I wonder if they are doing a bad job at cleaning off the IMAX 3D glasses or soemthing now.

When I saw Avatar and Alice there everything was awesome but when I saw a recent flick I saw lots of weird smeared glare on the glasses (and I tried a few different pairs, all the same, and moved around to try sitting in different parts, no differnce either). It’s probably jsut my imagination but I thought the brightness was pretty intense for the former two but not as much for the recent ones.

rampagingbandicoot4
rampagingbandicoot4 on February 25, 2011 at 11:57 am

Do they still charge the crazy, insane $17 for the 2D stuff shown in the IMAX theater?

I hope not. It would be nice to see stuff on the largest screen, but $17 is a bit much considering that they didn’t really manage to make the screen all that much larger than the next largest screen there, still, maybe worth a little premium even as is, but if it’s $17 or 19 or whatever that’s just a rip they just didn’t have enough room to make it enough larger to be worth that sort of premium.

I wish they had listened to my advice to make at least one auditorium really giant sized. They should’ve kept the same height as on their tallest screens but made them 2.40:1 instead of 1.85:1 then they would’ve had like 72' or so starting point for screen width and left a little room up top in one of the auditioriums for the coming digital IMAX, then with changing things to IMAX they coulda fit a monster 75-80' 1.78:1 in there perhaps.

Anyone know the specs for the IMAX screen in there now? 60-62' wide 1.78:1????? Not bad by any means but a bit small for a real imax even just in terms of width and I think Manville has two 70' 2.40:1 screens so it’s not even the widest screen in NJ. I guess it might be close to the size of the famous old paramus triplex giant screen (at least 65' wide) that got split over the years and recently torn down so again not too bad, but still with freedom to start from scratch they should finally given NJ a truly top tier giant screen, youd think NJ would have the population and money to support it if little mid-western states can these days.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 25, 2011 at 11:53 am

Thanks for the correction, rb4. A regular IMAX screen is just one big square, while digital IMAX is one big rectangle that’s identical to a super big HDTV. Has AMC replaced its so-called “HD” lenses with better ones? The closer I get to the screen, the more blurry it gets. Also, invest in better lightbulbs to power the projection.

rampagingbandicoot4
rampagingbandicoot4 on February 25, 2011 at 11:43 am

“Another blown-up movie. Most of the movies that are listed on IMAX’s movie page are digital blown-up versions of the regular movies.”

It doesn’t make sense to use that distinction unless you are talking about a film IMAX theater though. It’s meaningless to say that if you are talking about the dIMAX at Rockaway.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 25, 2011 at 3:59 am

I mean Director’s Fan Cut for the die-hard fans.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 25, 2011 at 3:59 am

This weekend the Justin Bieber movie will be shown as a Fan’s Director’s Cut for one week only in 3D.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 20, 2011 at 11:14 am

Looks like Liam Neeson’s second major movie in a starring role at this theater is number one at the box office during a down weekend from last year in double digits. This past weekend, 5 of the best picture nominees were shown as part of AMC’s Best Picture Showcase. Wonder if Toy Story 3 will be shown in 3D as part of the festival next weekend? One thing that I noticed in the lobby of the theater is that there’s this tall box thing promoting the fake IMAX experience near the candy stand, and a tall stand promoting AMC’s new slogan. They also have a BPS trailer between the Silence is Golden and Feature Presentation trailer.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 15, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Thanks Justin. These pop star movies makes one think of “A HARD DAYS NIGHT” and “HELP”.Of Course,I ain’t comparing the BEATLES TO BEAVER.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I went to see “The Kings Speech”. Very crowded on a day that Justin Bieber’s new movie was dominated with screaming fans. The Queen loved the movie, and so did I. Adam Sandler’s new movie plus the Eagle flick got bad reviews in most media. Thankfully I’ve seen the movie with the most nominations in Oscartown. It will win for acting, but not for best movie. For that, I think the Facebook movie will win over 9 others. Projection was not 4k, but actually a 2k format. During the film, the light bulb was flickering for a bit. At least the audience cheered at the end and laughed at the king’s foul language.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 5, 2011 at 7:44 am

Finally went to a First run movie,“TRUE GRIT” I think the Duke would have approved. Only Three other folks in there,What dream way to enjoy a movie.“SANCTUM” got a horrible review in “USA TODAY” .

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 4, 2011 at 2:59 pm

The next IMAX 2D release is I Am Number Four, which is getting lots of hype. Another blown-up movie. Most of the movies that are listed on IMAX’s movie page are digital blown-up versions of the regular movies. As long as it’s shown in digital IMAX on a screen that’s taller than the other screens, I’m in for it. It’s also good for scope movies too. Flat movies look immersive too.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 4, 2011 at 2:50 pm

According to Movietickets.com, Sanctum is only playing in LieMax 3D and is being shown blown-up size. No Real D version is playing, so that means that it will look blurry but sound great. Three 3D movies still play, the fake 3D Green Hornet, the box office animated hit Tangled (still the second longest running movie at this theater that I know, behind Harry Potter), and fake 3D Narnia, which has shown legs unlike the last one. The folks at AMC made a bad mistake of putting a $30,000,000 cave rehash into the wrong format.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 1, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Justin,going through some old stuff, found a couple of pairs of “A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET” 3-D glasses.My son,Sean worked in a Theatre like his old man and must have brought them home,Red and Blue lenses made out of paper.Thought of YOU.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 1, 2011 at 10:00 am

Advance tickets are now available for two 3D movies, Gnomeo and Juliet and Justin Bieber Never Say Never, and a 2D Comedy, Just Go With It, which looks terrible. As for this weekend’s 3D movie, which is playing in IMAX 3D, it will do so-so business.