AMC Rockaway 16

363 Mt. Hope Avenue,
Rockaway, NJ 07866

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moviebuff82 on December 9, 2017 at 2:27 pm

When I saw titanic back in 97 the loews in wayne was mobbed and I enjoyed it . Projection was good and sound excellent. Ill wait until it hits 4k blu ray soon as I own the 1999 DVD.

alpinedownhiller on December 2, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Saw Titanic and the Dolby 4K presentation is pretty incredible. It was a long time ago, but I don’t recall seeing nearly this level of detail back in 1997 when I saw it here. The Dolby screen is also a good deal larger than the largest screen they had back in 1997.

Lines a bit shorter though haha. They were insane in 1997 here! Week after week wrapped way around the outer mall, way back, on some days almost all the way around to the far end of the back, crazy. Nothing ever like that other than for Star Wars.

The HDR was pretty good too, I don’t think the film version had quite this ability back then. Maybe some of the dark scenes at the end had some brighter areas seeming a little too bright, but whatever. Mostly it was all spectacular presentation all-around every which way. Maybe those who saw it in 70mm back when had something beginning to be like this, but this seems way beyond what I recall seeing in the 1997 original film release or later digital re-release. It did make it almost feel a little like it was something you hadn’t seen before (although maybe for those who did manage to see it in 70mm the difference would not be quite as huge, by ‘97 70mm was already pretty rare).

hotwaterbottle on November 22, 2017 at 8:39 am

Perhaps moviebuff82 should get a job at this theatre! He could be the head seat scrubber and spill picker upper. Then he wouldn’t have the time to post nonsense on this forum anymore.

StanMalone on November 21, 2017 at 12:25 pm

82: I notice from comments on this and other pages that you are a big fan of recliners. Think about this for a moment. If those dirty floors and cupholders bother you just imagine how long it has been, if ever, since the recliner you are sunk down into has been cleaned.

moviebuff82 on November 18, 2017 at 11:33 am

Regarding cleanliness I think they need to take care of cleaning spilt popcorn and cupholders filled with napkins at the dolby cinema. Every showing its dirty.

moviebuff82 on November 16, 2017 at 11:28 am

Titanic is returning to this theater for one weekend only in dolby 2d.

moviebuff82 on November 14, 2017 at 10:26 am

This weekend marks 11 years since it opened. I wonder how long the lease is for this theater compared to the old amcs in and out of the mall . Ever since they changed the projection and revamped two auditoriums and raised prices it has made profits despite declining sales of tickets. Now I hear that amc will sell merchandise at this and other theatres.

moviebuff82 on November 7, 2017 at 9:30 am

NYer on November 1, 2017 at 2:53 pm

Gee hotwaterbottle the link worked for me… Simple cut and paste and presto and perhaps there are vets here who might be interested.

‘Thank You For Your Service’: AMC Theatres giving free tickets to veterans, active-duty military

Free tickets valid for Oct. 26 showing of new film…

A day before the new movie “Thank You For Your Service” opens in theaters nationwide, veterans and active-duty military will be able to see it first for free.

Universal Pictures, the studio behind “Thank You For Your Service,” and AMC Theatres, which operates hundreds of cinemas across the United States, are offering 10,000 free tickets to servicemembers this week.

The film, written and directed by the writer of 2014’s “American Sniper,” stars Miles Teller as one of several American soldiers returning home from Iraq and trying to blend back into civilian life. “Thank You For Your Service” is set to open nationwide on Oct. 27.

A free ticket will be given to the first 25 servicemembers who show a valid military ID at each AMC theater on Thursday Oct. 26. The tickets will be valid for preview screenings of the film scheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 26.

“We are honored that up to 10,000 U.S. veterans and active servicemembers will be among the first to experience this riveting film,“ said Universal Pictures Executive Vice President Jim Orr in a press release.

Directed by Jason Hall and based on the book by David Finkel, “Thank You For Your Service” also stars Amy Schumer, Joe Cole and Haley Bennett.

Call ahead to your local AMC theater to see if it’s participating.

Clint Davis covers entertainment and trending news topics for the Scripps National Desk. Copyright 2017 Scripps Media, Inc.

hotwaterbottle on November 1, 2017 at 2:28 pm

moviebuff82, why are you posting links to sites that don’t work and nobody really care about? Is it all about your quest to reach 3000 posts??

alpinedownhiller on October 30, 2017 at 5:04 pm

And it was vibrating and rattling the roof and other parts of the structure like crazy.

alpinedownhiller on October 30, 2017 at 5:04 pm

I think they have the volume set way wrong at the IMAX here now (or at least on the day I saw Blade Runner) since it sounded way, way louder here than at the Jersey Gardens IMAX or even the Lincoln Square laser IMAX. There is no way the deep bass should have been much louder at Rockaway than at Lincoln Square! It was the loudest I’ve ever heard for any movie ever. So I think my comments about the sound for that movie that I wrote above were based on someone at this theater going nuts and just dialing up everything to 10 and way beyond the already very loud IMAX standards or something. It mean it seemed at least twice as loud as the other IMAX theaters, probably far more. It was nuts. Even out in the exit hall screaming at the top of our lungs we could not hear each other and that was just during the music at the end which wasn’t even as loud as some other parts of the movie.

moviebuff82 on October 23, 2017 at 12:51 pm

alpinedownhiller on October 22, 2017 at 12:04 am

Screen 16 (tied for third largest after the IMAX and Dolby, perhaps around a 56'? 1.85:1 screen) had been out of focus to varying degrees (one day it was actually to the point it looked like DVD and then they got it to poor 1080 Cable detail and then to decent 1080p blu-ray level) for a little while but now seems to be 100.000% perfectly focused plus the 4k seems to be working too so it’s looking very sharp now and much sharper and more detailed than any blu-ray.

They also seem to have fixed the Fathom events screen calibration levels (which they show on this screen), for quite some time after the projector broke their the Fathom stuff had had crushed blacks and a bit strong contrast and over-saturation and then it was instead a bit gray blacks and low saturation but then they got it back to perfect again how it used to be some good while ago with dark blacks but no details crushed away and everything looking perfectly set, sadly no sooner did they do that than they seem for some horrible reason to have stopped the Fathom TCM event showings here even though they tend to get the best crowds for many of them here. I mean they literally get sometimes 3x-4x or more people than at the other regional AMC’s for these events.

alpinedownhiller on October 21, 2017 at 11:56 pm

Not quite sure. I did finally see one at the Dolby here (Screen 9). I haven’t seen one at the GS Dolby (Screen 3), only peaked in twice (once from way down below while something was playing and once from a more normal spot with nothing playing, not really good looks). The GS has more seats, just going by the seating chart you see a lot more. I don’t know that it felt bigger screen wise, although I’d guess it probably has to be with that many more seats across (although seating can be misleading at times, Jersey Gardens would have an 80' if you went by seating but it seems to have the same 65' or so screen as GS IMAX does). When I peaked in at the GS Dolby again I had just come out of their IMAX (Screen 2) auditorium, so that might have made the screen seem a bit smaller, since it was comparing it to tied for the largest in all of Northern and Central NJ.

As far as Blade Runner 2049, I didn’t find the seat vibration here objectional at all for the first half of the film, you could easily feel it a few times, but no big deal, even cool. The last half had some parts where if you had your head against the headrest and back firmly pressed into the seat it probably would’ve been a bit annoying or even uncomfortable at times and knocked a vertebrae or two, but simply sitting forward for those parts made it OK as what came up from the bottom part of the seat wasn’t so bad, sometimes even cool when not done too much. And actually once you did lean forward for some parts, I have to say that it actually kinda blasted you less than the IMAX (Screen 8) here did for this movie where it felt like it was reorganizing your entire innards with intense and weird bass pressure the likes of which I’m not sure I’ve felt before. The IMAX here showed the film SO incredibly loudly. The bass was pulverizing and actually hit you in some ways more uncomfortably than at the Dolby screen here (certainly so long as you just leaned a trace forward during a few bits at the Dolby and especially didn’t have your head on the headrest). When the car drove by in front of his house at the IMAX here it was deafening to kinda over the top levels. I also saw it at Jersey Gardens IMAX and the volume was really, really loud and yet not nearly as loud as Rockaway ran it and your entire brain and innards didn’t feel scrambled inside out. At Rockaway IMAX after a few parts my legs were actually sort of vibrating from the inside out for another 60 seconds after the scene ended, really weird, they had the volume and bass cranked so loud. Nothing like that weird stuff at all at Jersey Gardens (which was by no means quiet, it was IMAX loud).

Anyway despite my fears above based upon what some had said about Blade Runner 2049 and Dolby, I found that simply sitting a bit forward during a few bits made the film perfectly fine at the Dolby here (I guess if you had your back pressed way into the seat and head on the headrest some parts would’ve been out and out uncomfortable but it was easy enough to just lean a touch forward for those parts and avoid a lot of the back and virtually all of the head shaking and what remained came through the seat base and that really wasn’t any problem, probably even let them tune the audible range ultra bass down a bit lower and at times it was kinda cool, sometimes added to it all, sometimes a trace distracting and overdone but really no big deal at all, again with the bit of a lean forward). It was easily the sharpest presentation I’ve seen of Blade Runner 2049 too. I actually wish they had kept it showing on there this week as I’d have checked it out again.

On another note, Screen 10 here has become super dim, can barely make out many details. They run a lot of the big, new release Real 3D showings on that screen. I’m surprised that they have let the Xenon bulb run to such totally burned out levels or replaced it with one way too small for the screen.

JB1981 on October 18, 2017 at 10:13 am

Is it worth driving extra mileage for this Dolby theater vs. the Garden State auditorium or are they comparable?

alpinedownhiller on October 11, 2017 at 5:47 pm

Wow, can’t believe they pulled 30th Anniversary Princess Bride from this theater. This theater ruled for 80s films like that, always packed. Instead AMC puts it at Garden State where 80s stuff gets middling crowds, who cares if that is the flagship theater and there is a high population density there is the people there don’t for this stuff as much?, and Wayne where they get poor crowds for that sort of stuff?

Not like anything is even doing that well in the theaters and they can’t even fit in a single one of the Sunday showings at Rockaway?

I remember once before Rockaway tried to back out of one of the Fathom 80s movies of this exact sort and then they brought it back at the last second and it was practically sold out even despite getting less advertising because of that.

Whoever runs the theater doesn’t seem to get what sorts of 80s stuff this region goes nuts for and what it doesn’t.

This was one of the few of the Fathom events I had actually heard people talking about all over and they pull it.

Stinks, since the screen they run Fathom on here is so much better than at the other regional theaters too and this theater has the best, most fun crowds for 80s movies.

alpinedownhiller on October 10, 2017 at 10:55 pm

Blade Runner 2049 has so much sub bass that even the IMAX theater here had the seats and floor and ceiling literally vibrating and shaking. I think they kinda overdid the sub bass a touch for this movie. It was to the point that it actually took you out of the movie a bit at times. Felt like someone had speakers set to 8 across the board and then went over to the sub amp and turned it to 10, then removed the stop and dialed it to 12 and then went to the sub subwoofer and set it to 10 removed the stop and set it 18. Not sure I can recall a movie that ever set the balance that much towards subs and had things that should not have insane amounts of bass, have insane amounts of bass.

Wasn’t so fond of that and at times the score seemed to mostly just hitting a few ultra bass notes that you felt as much as heard.

Otherwise, awesome movie.

PeterApruzzese on October 10, 2017 at 6:46 am

Regarding the seats, I didn’t even realize they had the rumble feature beforehand. I may not have been paying attention during the demo as we got there just as the trailers started. I could feel vibrations at certain points in the movie where it seemed logical but it wasn’t until about halfway through it that I realized the seats were vibrating. So they’ve either toned it down or I’m not sensitive to it. Be curious to see another high-powered movie there soon and see if I react differently to the effect.

alpinedownhiller on October 9, 2017 at 11:04 pm

Yeah the laser projection itself is fantastic and the seats are very comfortable.

(if you didn’t try sending in a note about overly loud volume too, every bit helps)

alpinedownhiller on October 9, 2017 at 11:01 pm

The IMAX screens are always too loud too at every location. Those and Dolby are always set too loud everywhere. Most screens, at most theaters, in general, especially in NJ, the Norhteast and parts of CA, are these days are really, although often not quite as overdone (then again some have poor speaker balance and some will be lower overall by a decent bit but the peaky trouble will be yow). Here, the other screens, it depends, most are too loud as well but a few have the volume set to a good level, reasonably loud but nothing crazy. Comfortable, non-ear damaging.

alpinedownhiller on October 9, 2017 at 10:57 pm

Did they rumble like mad for Blade Runner 2049, like how during the demo at the start, the chair went nuts for a couple seconds or was it much more subdued?

Did it constantly rumble, like for every deep music note or just a few scenes for a second here and there? Or for extended periods during some scenes?

Some people made it sound like for this film, at least at some other locations, the rumble seats were constantly rumbling and going nuts a lot too. Maybe they were overblowing it or their theater had them set too high or something.

As I said, for Close Encounters, the rumble seats didn’t do much most of the time and when they did it never got totally out of control, mostly it was mild so it didn’t end up being bothersome. But that was an old film.

Yeah I don’t get the point of turning up the volume so loud that stuff rattles and distorts. May as well use $10 speakers instead of $10,000 at that point. It sort of defeats the purpose. But it’s uncomfortable and not great for hearing long term.

PeterApruzzese on October 9, 2017 at 7:04 am


I saw Blade Runner 2049 Saturday at the 11:15 am show – there were about 15-20 other people there. My first time at a Dolby Cinema showing and I echo the words of your post back on 9/29. With just a bit more thought into light placement this would be a 100% winner of an auditorium. The blue aisle lights that go up to the screen cast a blue glow and the red exit light to the immediate left cast a red glow. Also, the high-level sound from the surrounds was causing something in the ceiling to rattle. Plus the overall level was too high, could tell the speakers were starting to distort. The seats did rumble, but I didn’t find it distracting as others have since it seemed they rumbled coinciding with scenes that had heavy bass levels.

Other than the light issues, the image is superb, though it would get even better if the scope screen was masked properly on the top & bottom.

For a $12 matinee ticket and extremely comfortable seats, I can’t complain too much though I hope AMC listens to the note I sent in about the lighting issues.

alpinedownhiller on October 8, 2017 at 5:38 pm

Has anyone seen Blade Runner 2049 here yet in the Dolby Cinema? I’ve been seeing a lot of complaints by people who went to various other Dolby Cinemas for this saying that they went nuts with the vibrating chair and they were exhausted after almost 3 hours of rumbling and that it constantly took them out of the movie. They said it was all a shame since the projection look astonishing but the volume levels and rumbling were said to be annoying.

When I saw Close Encounters here, the seat rumbling wasn’t that bad, just used a little bit so it was OK. But it sounds like they went nuts for BR 2049??

moviebuff82 on October 4, 2017 at 12:16 pm

The original is still a classic.