AMC Rockaway Inner 6/Outer 6

301 Mount Hope Avenue,
Rockaway, NJ 07866

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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 3, 2010 at 7:37 pm

that’s pretty interesting.

blacknoi
blacknoi on May 3, 2010 at 7:36 pm

I don’t know for sure what movie ran the longest but during my time there (1995-2002), but Titanic seemed to be one of the longest running features. I think it was over 6 months easily.

I hardly ever worked at the inners so I really don’t know.

I do remember that Cinema 10 in Ledgewood had the 1st Home Alone movie for an entire year.

One of the guys who I used to work with there, was around during the opening of Jurassic Park in 1993. He told me the lines wrapped around all the way to the Acme, it was so popular.

Also interesting trivia: Matthew Broderick’s Godzilla was thought to be so popular, it was running in all 6 screens of the outers during its opening weekend. It was such a flop however that it went down to 2 or 3 screens by the following Friday.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on April 24, 2010 at 10:40 pm

What movie held the longest run at both theaters, Greg?

blacknoi
blacknoi on April 16, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Justin wrote: “BTW, what were the Twilight shows?”

Twilite was between 4-6pm on any given day. Back in 1995, prices were $3 for anyone during twilite. The rest of the prices were $5.75 adult evening. $3.75 student/senior evening. Any ticket before 4pm was $3.50.

Prices in 2002 when the theater closed are seen here: http://tinyurl.com/ah5pg9
$7 adult evening. $5 student/sr / matinee. $4 child.$3.50 twilite.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on April 12, 2010 at 1:25 am

nearly two years from now marks 10 years since this theater shut down to make room for a best buy. NOw with this economy, Best Buy might not survive for the next 100 years…an Office Depot closed on the same building as the AMC Outers. ACME was the next to be gone. Times have changed.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on March 12, 2010 at 12:27 am

Sad news…http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20100311/UPDATES01/100311047/1005/NEWS01/Acme+to+close+its+Rockaway+Township+supermarket+in+April
This has been around as long as the old theaters themselves. Maybe AMC could build more theaters there?

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on December 31, 2009 at 7:14 pm

btw, the space where FYE is will become retail again as the music/video/game store will close alongside its sister store Saturday matinee. Maybe AMC could build a discount theater inside the mall showing older movies ala the Route 4 Triplex? Only time will tell.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on October 11, 2009 at 5:35 pm

BTW, what were the Twilight shows? I think they were late night showings of movies for a discount, which AMC profited from. They should bring it back so that audiences can fill the seats at the AMC in Rockaway.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on August 25, 2009 at 7:34 pm

Not too far from where this theater (now Best Buy) stands, a small plane landed at the parking lot between JC Penney and Toys R Us, and thankfully the pilot survived. The parking lots near the mall and stores have been proven to be quite popular for emergency plane landings, as Morristown and Lincoln Park airports are close by.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on August 21, 2009 at 12:33 am

Did this theater show 3-D movies (the pre-digital ones)? This is because the new Rockaway now has 3-D movies again.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 15, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Back when it opened, was it the most profitable multiplex for AMC when it was two separate theaters?

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 12, 2009 at 10:58 pm

This theater was the first AMC theater I went to.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 3, 2009 at 7:38 pm

During its period, what movie was the longest running and most popular? I think it would be the Star Wars movies, since the first one came out long before the AMC Rockaway Inner 6 opened on Labor Day of 1977, the same weekend that the mall opened. The Rockaway Outer 6 opened in Feburary of 1981, a few months before the first Indiana Jones movie came out. The Inner theaters closed in 1998 when Armageddon came out, then the Outers closed in 2002 when Spider-Man came out.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on March 24, 2009 at 7:54 pm

thanks for the photo links, greg. Which theater was better, the old Rockaway 12 or the new Rockaway 16? I think the newer one was great and that moviegoers would just have one choice to go see a movie rather than go in or out of the mall to see it.

blacknoi
blacknoi on March 11, 2009 at 8:30 pm

You can actually see the “gold” AMC written in the doors, in this shot. Its from a-far, but its in the gold bar in the center of the door:

http://tinyurl.com/cauj38

Here’s a view of the “arcade” if you can call it that:

http://tinyurl.com/c43qu7

And finally, here’s the Box Office Sinage. Oldschool box of letters to put up:

http://tinyurl.com/ah5pg9

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on March 11, 2009 at 8:23 pm

after the outer closed, several retailers in that same building have come and gone, while a few, such as acme, have survived since the outer’s opening in 1981. the doors that were near the entrance had the gold amc logo in the middle of the doors as well as a changeable display that was small but easy to read. inside the lobby, there were more arcade machines than the current one, and the concession stand was tiny.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 25, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Closing the last of the AMC Rockaway theaters was a bad mistake not only by AMC, but also by Simon, both are which are affected by the recession.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on November 22, 2008 at 6:16 pm

Had the AMC Outer six become a Circuit City, it would’ve suffered the same fate as others in the area (the closest is in Ledgewood). There are no traces of the original Rockaway theaters left, even during the renovation period that the mall went under this year.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on October 6, 2008 at 7:32 pm

Which carried on into the Rockaway 16’s stadium seats. The moviewatcher club made its debut at both theaters and so did clip, that filmstrip guy which is my favorite movie mascot alongside Popcorn Bob of GC. I didn’t join moviewatcher until my credits program was discontinued due to the acquisition by AMC the year that it closed, in 2002.

blacknoi
blacknoi on September 3, 2008 at 3:26 pm

@Justin …

I can’t say when they were introduced into the theaters, but during my time at the Inners/Outers (95 through closing in 98 for inners, then 02 in outers) they always had cup holders built into the arm rests.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on September 2, 2008 at 10:34 pm

Among the movies that played at this theater was a remake of The Fury, which I found in the old showtimes section on Google News' news archive. This is from the New York times, which you have to pay money to check out which movies were playing at the theaters. Under the newspapers, the theater was just simply ROCKAWAY SIX, then ROCKAWAY TWELVE underneath the AMC name. Back then, two phone numbers would separate the theaters. When the inner six closed, so did the phone number, leaving the outer six with the phoneline for showtimes and questions. This practice would go on to its successor, which is twice the size of the outer six.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 12, 2008 at 8:20 pm

When the outers opened in 1981, did they introduce cupholders at that location? Cause AMC was the first to patent the invention at its newer theaters.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on April 26, 2008 at 8:31 pm

Having been to both locations where FYE and Best Buy stand where the old theaters used to be, the size of both theaters combined would be very equal to the Rockaway 16, but a bit smaller and with sloped seating. The Outers probably had larger screens than the Inners and were located within walking distance of ACME and other shops. Inside the Best Buy, there’s a Magnolia showroom that could be mistaken for one of the screening rooms at the old Rockaway theater, but with high-tech gadgets.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on April 15, 2008 at 9:13 pm

When the Outers were renovated in 1994, SDDS was installed alongside the Dolby systems as part of the chain’s agreement with Sony Cinema Digital Products (sic) to install the less popular sound system in all of its theaters. The movie that I saw in one of the lower number houses was presented in Dolby Digital. No wonder why AMC discontinued SDDS in 2003 in favor of Dolby Digital EX as well as PCM surround sound in its newer auditoriums. Originally, Loews wanted to make the theater in Rockaway, but residents were happy to see AMC return there when the chain merged with the struggling company ten months before the 16-plex opened.