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As a manager for the Outer theaters (and basically running the place prior to it’s closing on July 28th, 2002, I can say that at least in the late 90’s and early 00’s, the OUTERS definitely did more business.
All the “blockbuster” movies would go to the outers where smaller films and many kid films would get sent to the inner theaters.
>> what happened to the classics program at this theater? <<
I saw Scarface over the summer during one of the “classics” showings… I think its a summer-only thing.
If anyone has any pictures of the Outer AMC Theaters BEFORE their 1994 renovation, I’d love to see them.
I never actually set foot in the Outers prior to the overhaul and would love to see what it looked like.
I actually remember both renovations…. barely remember when the opening was on the side of the building and it was a 4-plex.
Then in the early 1990’s with the expansion (the addition of the 2 upstairs theaters) and now with the “mirror image” wing on the other side.
odd, I’ve been to Cinema 10 many times since the newest renovation and never saw a movie in thew new wing.
I should mention that the Sandwitches Unlimited and Old Antiques Store are both torn down now, as a 24 Hour Walgreens pharmacy is being built….
Smiles 2, the strip joint is still there however.
I grew up in the 80’s in Landing, and was driven by the Drive In all the time as we went around the Ledgewood circle.
I would drive my bike often w/buddies around the ruines of the then closed drive-in. Very cool stuff.
I wish it was still there.
Pictures of the Outers, from 7/12/02
Hope you like them.
I just uploaded the pics I have of the Inner’s here:
I used to work at the Outer 6 for several years. Both theaters were 35mm projectors. I cannot remember the make, but I believe they were Italian projectors bought in the 70s.
Outer 6 theaters had 6 screens naturally. 2 @ 180 seats, 2 @ 300 seats and 2 @ 335 seats (approx).
One screen, #6 had Dolby Digital and Sony’s SDDS. The rest of the screens had SDDS only (in addition to the analog sound).
The concession stand was redone around 1994 from its original design to the design that was used up until the theater’s final day of operation: July 28, 2002.
The tile that was in the back of the concession stand was the dark brown “brick” style that used to cover the entire floor of the Rockaway Mall (prior to its renovation sometime in the late 80s or early 90s I believe).
This dark brown tile can still be seen at the Pet Store in the Rockaway Mall, downstairs by Sears infront of “Pet-Pourri.”