AMC Rockaway 16

363 Mt. Hope Avenue,
Rockaway, NJ 07866

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alpinedownhiller
alpinedownhiller on September 30, 2017 at 11:45 pm

yeah tickets are $ but it is a pretty cool screen

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on September 30, 2017 at 11:56 am

The downside to this is that tickets are a bit more expensive than Imax.

alpinedownhiller
alpinedownhiller on September 29, 2017 at 1:34 pm

But the screen does look crisp, pretty big and the contrast levels do look really good over much of the screen so it really does look pretty impressive visually.

alpinedownhiller
alpinedownhiller on September 29, 2017 at 1:32 pm

Actually the Dolby screen does have some light leakage from the overly bright blue lights all over, same issue with almost every Dolby cinema. So the lower right corner has the black levels washed out to no darker than at any of the regular screens.

That said the middle part of the screen that matters the most gets pretty black and the overall presentation is still pretty awesome.

Just if they set up their theaters a bit more sensibly, get rid of the 3 blue lights on the ceiling, dim the aisle lighting a bit and put buffers on the tops of the blue aisle lights so they constantly catch the corner of your eye it could then be perfect like at some of the IMAX Laser setups, like the one in Reading, MA where they have zero relflectance onto the screen, zero ceiling lights during the show and minimal aisle lighting none of which catches the perhiperhy of your visions while watching the movie.

But again, even as is, still looks pretty cool.

The volume can be way too loud though and some older movies like Close Encounters can have the high frequencies a bit piercing and uncomfortable.

Not sure why IMAX and Dolby insist on over the top audio levels that 100% for sure cause permanent hearing damage if you go to too many showings. So either damage your ears or wear protection and lose a lot of the sound quality.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on September 29, 2017 at 12:46 pm

My predictions were right. On Wednesday of next week Blade Runner the final cut will be shown in 4k regular before the sequel arrives in Imax 2d, Reald 3d, and Dolby.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on August 30, 2017 at 2:43 pm

It’s also the only theater in morris county and northwest jersey to have an atmos sound system which most people can afford to pay for a home theater system and recreate it along with a 4k tv. The next 4k presentation for this theater is Close Encounters 40th anniversary, followed by part one of the It duology the week after. Baby Driver is currently playing in Dolby Cinema. The pilot episodes for Marvel’s Inhumans will be playing in imax this weekend for two weeks before It comes out in imax. My guess is that kingsman 2 will be in dolby and imax with blade runner 2049 next.

alpinedownhiller
alpinedownhiller on August 27, 2017 at 9:23 pm

Yeah, probably that is true. Can’t think of any others that would be bigger.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on August 26, 2017 at 3:50 pm

which is the largest 4k screen in morris county.

alpinedownhiller
alpinedownhiller on August 25, 2017 at 6:50 pm

My wild guess is the new Dolby Cinema screen is 58'-60' wide.

alpinedownhiller
alpinedownhiller on August 25, 2017 at 6:49 pm

I took a quick peek at the new Dolby Screen. Just a quick peek and it was some number of days ago already so I may have a few details wrong. It seems to be pretty much wall to wall across in width so perhaps it is somewhere around the width of the IMAX screen here, maybe just as wide. Pretty sure it is not as tall though.

It didn’t seem to have the extreme floor light bleeding issue brightening up the bottom half of the screen that has apparently plagued some of the earlier Dolby Cinema screens to a bad degree, although it does have the EXIT light issues that apparently quite a few of the Dolby Cinema setups have had. The EXIT on the left side casts a clear red glow onto the far left edge of the screen (at least it is a relatively small spot compared to the total screen area, so it’s hardly the worst, but it would be cool if there was some way to somehow baffle the light the EXIT casts in the screen’s direction).

It does have a few blue ceiling lights left on during presentation. I have never been a fan of ever leaving on ceiling lights, although Manville does this too (with regular white lights). And overall I think they maybe keep the auditorium a bit brighter lit than the IMAX screen and much brighter than the laser IMAX up in Reading, MA (which is the darkest stadium seating auditorium I have been in, which is awesome, miss those days when a black screen in a movie lets the auditorium be able to plunge into near or total darkness and it helps make the blacks more intense and the contrast ratio better). That said, my vague impression was that the auditorium and screen black were kept a bit darker than at the Paramus Dolby Cinema, where it really seemed too bright from my one quick peak in. I could be wrong though. Hard to remember everything exactly.

Projection looked crisp and rich (although I still think nothing compares to what I saw at the laser Reading, MA IMAX). Sound quality seemed excellent but could get way too loud, painful, so that sort of nullifies the top notch speakers. But if you can tolerate ultra loud, the audio setup does seem to be top notch, probably better than the (also way too loud) IMAX here and for sure better than any of the other screens here (although since a few are quieter here I still prefer that). Not sure if it is quite as good as the Reading, MA laser IMAX audio (also way too insanenly loud).

I do wish DOlby would allow their auditoriums to get as dark as IMAX at least and as dark as some laser IMAX would be even better. That said it’s (the auditorium lighting during presentation, not talking about projetor brightness at all) probably as dark as any of the other non-IMAX screens here.

I only saw a few dark scenes in Anabelle when I peeked in so can’t say too much about the projection other than it’s probably gonna be better than other screens here but probably not as good as laser IMAX at Reading, MA. (although it is the only screen here that has EXIT sign glow).

It’s too bad DOlby Cinema never seems to show 3D since Dolby CInema 3D is better than regular digital IMAX 3D is better than Real3D is better than regular digital Dolby 3D. So far the best 3D I have seen is IMAX Laser 3D at Reading, MA, just superbly perfect (sadly the laser IMAX 3D in NYC at Lincoln square had something horribly wrong with many of the glasses and the left eye got terribly doubling, still not sure if they have really fixed that or not).

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on August 14, 2017 at 12:30 pm

The next movie to be shown in dolby will be Hitman’s Bodyguard this weekend.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on August 11, 2017 at 7:41 pm

Tomorrow afternoon it opens.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on August 10, 2017 at 4:40 pm

Just got word from Dolby Cinema on FB that any minute this weekend it will open. Maybe in time for Annabelle Creation…

MGrennille
MGrennille on August 10, 2017 at 10:44 am

Any update on Dolby Theater opening?

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 31, 2017 at 7:17 pm

Went to see “Dunkirk” in auditorium #1 and the screen was flat, with the preshow in flat followed by trailers in both flat and scope aspect ratio followed by the movie which was shown in 2.20:1 which was the same format used for 70mm prints. 35mm prints use the 2.39:1 ratio while the digital imax version is 1.9:1. The projection was pretty good and colors popped out nicely. The sound mix was pretty loud and the bass was thumping too. Dialogue was kinda hard to understand although there’s hardly any words spoken in some scenes due to the heavy action in the movie. I bet hearing it in imax would be more painful than seeing it in regular. The movie was entertaining for what it’s worth. Progress on Dolby Cinema is moving along just fine.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 25, 2017 at 11:52 am

Which auditoriums have the best surround sound? I think the Imax one is ok and the larger auditoriums can support up to 7.1 surround sound.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 23, 2017 at 4:58 pm

My mistake. On Saturday morning the movie ran 30 minutes late for imax but everything went smoothly. Dolby cinema opens August 1st.

fred1
fred1 on July 22, 2017 at 3:29 pm

How can an IMAX projector breaks down on Aug 1st if it’s July 22

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 20, 2017 at 3:50 pm

The auditorium will open late summer according to a chat with Dolby Cinema’s chatbot on messenger.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 18, 2017 at 5:44 pm

I don’t see amc rockaway mentioned on their dolby cinema website…

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 15, 2017 at 6:38 pm

On my facebook news feed as well as twitter I’ve seen ads for Dolby Cinema at AMC Rockaway along with the featured movie which is War for the Planet of the Apes which I plan to see soon…i didn’t care for seeing it in 3d like the last one which was fine in 2d.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 15, 2017 at 10:22 am

not really. At least the audio mix was good. I wonder which auditoriums have 7.1 speakers…probably the larger ones sans imax. When the dolby cinema at amc opens, it will be the first ever Dolby Atmos location in morris county if not northwest jersey. As for the 3d conversion ,it was terrible. The showtime that my dad picked was 3d by mistake. The trailers before the film were ok in 3d such as Valerian which was shot in 3d. The AMC first look in 3d was good. The 2d trailers looked fine.

alpinedownhiller
alpinedownhiller on July 14, 2017 at 7:16 pm

thanks

Was it a projection issue with #10 or do you think it was just something a little messed up with some of the 2D to 3D conversion and intrinsic to the video file itself?

And did you notice and color fringing at #10? I haven’t seen a movie on that screen in a number of years but it had horrendous color fringing the last time I did. Just wondering if they fixed that or not.

alpinedownhiller
alpinedownhiller on July 14, 2017 at 7:14 pm

holy cow why did the last paragraph of my last post turn into gigantic red letters?