AMC Headquarters Theatres

72 Headquarters Plaza,
Morristown, NJ 07960

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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 3, 2009 at 3:52 pm

My friend Anthony went to see My Bloody Valentine in 3-D with his dad, and it cost like $27 for the movie, excluding snacks!!! Pretty soon Rockaway will have it, but for a bit more money as well….

markp
markp on May 11, 2008 at 4:18 pm

Well John, I can answer both questions for you, having last worked for clearview over 4 years ago. 1) digital is NOT idiot proof, and yes they will find a way to screw it up. (its clearview after all, you know Jimmy Dolan and his band of pencil pushers) and 2) the reason your movie was all screwed up is because these pencil pushers got rid of all the union guys 4 years ago. They don’t have anyone who knows how to run movies. And 3) lets not forget, AMC got rid of this theatre 10 years ago. They don’t get rid of something that easily.

John Fink
John Fink on May 11, 2008 at 2:20 pm

I’m sure Clearview will find a way to screw up digital, I mean hell we’ve only had 35MM for over 100 years and they haven’t mastered that. I’m sure digital is idiot proof but those idiots will figure out a way to botch it. I saw Baby Mama at the Headquarters opening weekend (strangely on one of the smallest screens, so much for the number one movie in America that week) and complained twice about the framing, the film started half off the screen, they “corrected” it and we saw lights/boom mikes. Finally they got it right, but the first 10 minutes of the film was a waste.

Also they only had the upper concession stand open – on a Saturday night! Is Headquarters loosing its popularity to Rockaway?

markp
markp on May 11, 2008 at 1:27 pm

I’m not sure Clearview is going to spend the money to put in 5 digitals here, or anywhere, since a) they only have 1 installed in their other multi’s and b) there still is no clear cut standard as to which digital system is going to be the final one used in the future.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 11, 2008 at 9:38 am

Earlier this year, digital projection was installed in 5 out of the 10 screens.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on August 1, 2007 at 1:54 pm

Did this theater open in 1987? Cause it’s been 20 years since the movies returned to Morristown when AMC opened their second location, which became a Clearview and probably got its license renewed yesterday, according to what I read online.

John Fink
John Fink on June 23, 2005 at 8:12 am

Clearview does show art movies, but the ambitious plan for the Headquarters didn’t really happen. It’s a multiplex, simular to when it was run by AMC, they added a few touches to make it more Clearview-like, but no major upgrades/improvements really (excpect new seats).

Morristown is very cool, but its not a college town (all it has is CCM), if it were like Montclair, perhaps it would be showing more art films. I did see Amalie there years ago, so they will once in a while play something like that but when push comes to shove its more likely that you’ll be seeing something like Unleashed there than the Enron movie.

teecee
teecee on June 23, 2005 at 7:44 am

The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ), July 3, 1998 p029
Owner to build on cinema experience. (MORRIS)
Full Text: COPYRIGHT 1998 The Star-Ledger. All rights reserved. Reproduced with the permission of The Star-Ledger by the Gale Group, Inc.

Byline: Lawrence Rangonese

Art-house movie lovers in the Morris County area finally may get their share of hard-to-find independent and foreign-film offerings from a theater company that already owns a majority of the screens in the county.

The Chatham-based Clearview Cinema Group has bought the Headquarters 10 Theatres in Morristown and plans to turn the popular complex into two “movie experiences” – one geared towards adults and the other aimed at a younger audience. It also wants to expand and improve theater complexes in Roxbury and Kinnelon.

‘ We see Morristown as one of the nicest cities in this area and foresee a renaissance there in the next several years,“ said Bud Mayo, president and chief executive officer of Clearview, which has taken aim at audiences in upscale, suburban areas. "We intend to make Morristown our flagship theater in North Jersey.”

With the purchase of the Headquarters Plaza theaters from American Multi-Cinema Inc., or AMC Theaters, Clearview now controls 50 of the 75 movie screens in Morris County. Its roster includes the Chester Cinema 6 in Chester Township, Kin-Mall 8 in Kinnelon, Madison Cinema 4, Parsippany Cinema 12 and Succasunna Cinema 10 in Roxbury.

The following projects are on the drawing board for Clearview, a publicly traded company:

[currency]Remodeling and expansion of the Succasunna 10, adding 5 to 8 screens. It would become the largest of Clearview’s 34 theaters in North Jersey and Westchester County, Long Island and Rockland County in New York.

[currency]Reopening the currently dark and dilapidated Meadtown Theater in Kinnelon, turning it into an 11-screen complex that would complement the nearby Kin-Mall 8.

[currency]Constructing a 15-screen movie house in Mansfield Township in neighboring Warren County.

Mayo said his company has been negotiating with AMC for the past year to buy the Morristown theaters, which he said are profitable but could do a lot better. AMC still owns 12 theaters at the Rockaway Townsquare mall but has considered closing down some of them in the past year. AMC officials could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Clearview’s plans for Morristown include:

Turning the lower level into a haven for art, foreign, independent and sophisticated commercial films, such as “The Horse Whisperer,” “The Truman Show,” “Cousin Bette,” “The Last Days of Disco” and the “Opposite of Sex.” It would include fine art prints on the walls and upscale concession stands that would serve biscotti and imported chocolates.

Tailoring the upper level to the tastes of children and younger moviegoers, focusing on animated movies, action/adventure flicks and youthful comedies. A brightly colored lobby would have video games, and concessions would include nachos and pizza.

Adding improved signs in the parking and elevator areas, brighter lights in the mall and ticket area to make customers feel safer, and placing floral arrangements and other amenities in the lobby to make it look and feel more like a hotel entrance.

‘ There are two distinct audiences for movies,“ said Mayo. "You have baby boomers, empty nesters and senior citizens, who want to have one experience. And there are kids and college-age crowds. Never the twain shall meet. They are both looking for a different experience, and we see Morristown as a kind of hybrid for us.”

The single-screen Chatham Cinema, currently showing “Buffalo 66,” is the only art-house movie theater in Morris County. Area residents interested in movies other than big Hollywood blockbusters usually are forced to go elsewhere in the state or to New York City.

Bob Roberts, owner of the Chatham Cinema, Lost Picture Show in Union and Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, said he has been successful in drawing adults by offering a more cultured atmosphere and treating customers with courtesy, in addition to presenting harder-to-find movies.

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John Fink
John Fink on June 8, 2005 at 3:08 pm

5 Theatres in the basement, 5 on top, two snackbars, the levels are pretty much the same except for Theatre 5 on the top floor, which has a balcony (currently closed to the public). A standard late 80’s AMC. Clearview added new highback seats which could potentally make it hard to see (the seats, simular to those at Cineplaza in North Bergen are really designed for stadium seating). The screens are curved and the place is well kept.