AMC Rockaway Inner 6/Outer 6

301 Mount Hope Avenue,
Rockaway, NJ 07866

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moviebuff82 on February 13, 2015 at 12:19 pm

How about projection and surround sound and food

blacknoi on February 13, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Going back to your October question: Favorite presentation was for Twister, 1996. All the employees helped out spray paining huge bags of cotton, to make angry looking storm clouds. We got strobe lights for lightning etc. We then stuck the cotton to the opening of the theater (this was theater 12, first door all the way to the right when you came into the lobby). So all the movie goers had to walk through the little storm clouds with flashing lightning. Very cool stuff.

Now did the seats get renovated since the opening? To my knowledge, no. If you look at my pictures (example: ) , the seat colors were kinda 70s' looking and kinda faded. I know there was maintenance done on them (the cup holders would always break off over time) so they were maintained. But in my tenure there from opening day of Braveheart May 1995- closing July 28th 2002, there was never a single large overhaul done to them.

moviebuff82 on February 12, 2015 at 11:46 am

Did the seats get renovated in the years of the opening of the theaters? I like the current seats they’ve used in the sixteen plex especially the guardrails which the old theaters lacked. The advantage of the outers and inners they had more space for disabled people. had the lease been extended for the outers they would’ve gotten luxury seats similar to morristown.

moviebuff82 on October 29, 2014 at 11:24 am

what was your favorite presentation memory of this theater?

blacknoi on October 29, 2014 at 8:15 am

I also remember the very first pre-movie ads called the “AMC PreShow Countdown” around 2001. I remember (to give you the timeframe) the first television ads we started to air at the outers was for the tv show “24”. We still had the slide projectors showing static images in-between shows and the preshow countdown started 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

moviebuff82 on October 27, 2014 at 3:11 pm

It also showed preshow ads which added the weight to the reels. When AMC opened the new theater in 2006, it used digital preshow and then the trailers and presentation. The theater used slides in the past as well as in theater music.

R68Dtrain2500 on October 27, 2014 at 2:32 pm

This theater used the 35mm film projectors with 3 platters plate to run the film to show trailer and the movie at the same time on the big screen .

markp on October 27, 2014 at 6:19 am

Not only that Peter, but even in the days of 20 min reels, the trailers would have been spliced together.

PeterApruzzese on October 26, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Since they used the long play platter system, that would have been impossible.

moviebuff82 on October 26, 2014 at 11:49 am

Has this theater ever shown films without splices?

moviebuff82 on August 10, 2014 at 11:33 am

That must’ve been a chore, blacknoi. The opening of this theaters' successor saved time since it had 16 screens.

blacknoi on December 17, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I was only a staff supervisor when the inners closed in 98, but I remember staff being temporarily ‘borrowed’ from inner to outer or vice versa.

I remember the ‘hood’ movies and kids movies seemed to go to the inners, where what was thought to be a block buster would go to the outers.

Sometimes if a movie was doing well, it’d be transferred to the inners after a few weeks. I even remember walking movie prints (still fully assembled) across the parking lot from outers to inners.

moviebuff82 on December 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm

makes sense. The Outers had bigger theaters with better projection and the latest in surround sound, while the inners had mono sound and smaller screens since it was in a moderate sized mall.

aktubm on November 20, 2013 at 6:28 pm

We showed all the latest releases but the better sound quality went to the outer theaters. When they first opened. I was the only mgr to work both theaters. Staff was on separate payrolls.

moviebuff82 on November 20, 2013 at 3:22 pm

When the outers and inners were open, was it the same employees working different theaters? Did the outers show newer movies while the inners showed older movies? This is kinda like when Cineplex Odeon ran two theaters in Paramus and Loews ran two theaters in Secaucus.

moviebuff82 on September 14, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Return of the Jedi played here in Dolby Stereo more than 30 years ago, one of a few Morris County theaters that showed this movie. The last Star Wars movie to play here was Attack of the Clones in May of 2012.

moviebuff82 on August 11, 2013 at 2:21 pm

The font for the theaters name was also used for morristown.

moviebuff82 on February 9, 2013 at 11:02 am

I agree blacknoi. This year will mark 10 years since the Best Buy that replaced the outers opened and did much better business than the theater. The Sam Goody/FYE/Forever 21 that replaced the inners 15 years ago did moderate business and was popular with the teen crowd.

blacknoi on February 9, 2013 at 9:35 am

In my opinion, polarized lenses are superior for 3D than Anaglyph Red/Blue. They made me get less dizzy than RealD 3D over the course of a 2 hour period. During my stint at the Outers from 1995-2002 (when the closed) we never had any 3D movies of any kind. I don’t remember the inners from 1995-1998 when they closed having any either.

KingBiscuits on February 1, 2013 at 2:50 pm

The 3-D movies of the 1980’s had glasses with clear (polarized) lenses. It wasn’t until Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare that the red/blue glasses were used for film.

moviebuff82 on August 19, 2012 at 2:48 pm

LOL. Read my comment on raiders at the new rockaway theater. How did this theater do when ET came out? A friend of mine saw it the weekend it came out and was upset after seeing a scene in which the guy in the spacesuit enters ET’s house with Elliot. He missed quite a bit during that scene for a few minutes before going back into the theater.

aktubm on April 29, 2012 at 6:48 am

Worked as a Manager at both inside and outside part time. Was there when the outside first opened. Also there when 1st Raiders, Poltergeist and Altered States came out. William Hurt showed up. Good sound for that time. Inner theaters were not that great, but remember showing the late shows on Friday/Saturday (Rocky Horror, Eraserhead among others). Also the mess left behind after the Rocky Horror shows.

moviebuff82 on February 22, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I think back in the old days, the Rockaway 12 theatres showed red and blue 3D movies in the 1980’s, when 3D came back with cheesy sci-fi and horror films like “Jaws 3-D”, “Friday the 13th Part 3-D”, and “Amityville 3D”, not to mention “Spacehunter 3D” as well as “Starchaser 3D”, an animated 3D movie that was the first 3D animated feature length film (hand drawn and computer animated) that bombed.

moviebuff82 on February 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I like film. I love the splices, the scratches, the sharpness. And the surround sound was pretty good too. Also they used film slides between shows and the film for preshows, which used surround sound unlike the digital preshow. I miss the digital surround sound trailer before the movie. AMC did it with SDDS and Dolby Digital. I saw the Dolby train trailer before “Exit Wounds”, which I’ve seen before in a computer game “Wing COmmander IV”.

blacknoi on February 6, 2012 at 8:22 am

Those photos look familiar (as in I took them all and someone reposted). Glad cinema treasures has a place to upload them directly finally so at least others can see what they looked like.

It will be 10 years since the outers closed this July 28th, 2012.

And the new Rockaway theaters have gone all digital now for some time, no more film. There was something nice about the film presentation that digital just doesn’t reproduce.