AMC Loews Wayne 14

67 Willowbrook Boulevard,
Wayne, NJ 07470

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John Fink
John Fink on August 15, 2007 at 4:23 pm

Where is has it been made known at the Clearview Wayne Preakness Quad will be closing in the near future? While their projection is poor (no screen masking as of my last visit about a year ago) it’s a comparatively more upscale venue than the riff raff you get over at AMC Loews Wayne (which employees Wayne PD for its security services and has a decal on the door stating “No Weapons Allowed On the Premises”. Needless to say neither theaters in Wayne offer a high quality movie going experience, but from what I understand both theaters perform well.

moviebuff82 on August 15, 2007 at 12:44 pm

Are there any plans to close this theater anytime soon? In the near future, the four plex will close (the one owned by Clearview), leaving the massive Loews in Wayne to be the sole multiplex; will that theater get digital projection and maybe some stadium seating? That will be cool, but at a price. The theater has aged well throughout time and change, and was the first multiplex in Passaic County owned by a major theater chain. Was this theater the highest grossing of the Loews theaters that opened in 1982? I would like to wonder about that. And is the sound mostly Dolby Digital at all screens due to the AMC standard? I always liked DTS and SDDS at that theater.

moviebuff82 on June 17, 2007 at 2:51 pm

That’s a good thing. The only changes that were made to this theater was the addition of more theaters, which made the Loews theater the first megaplex in Passaic County long before Clifton Commons came along. That happened sometime around thanksgiving of 1996, when I went to see “Jingle All the Way” in one of the 14 screens, which at the time was the top grossing theater in that area. Even though Clifton Commons has drawn people away from this aging theater with its stadium seating and THX sound, the AMC Loews Wayne is still a decent theater to check out a movie, and is located near a major shopping mall despite being flood prone.

supermp2 on June 17, 2007 at 2:33 pm

I went to this theatre for the first time today since it was in the area where I was going. I wish is was closer to me, because I enjoyed it. I don’t know if all the theatres are like this but the one I was in was definitely a holdover from Loews, no AMC changes inside. Which I liked. Also a nice selction of video games (I like that since I tend to arrive early) and even and ice cream vending machine (although it wasn’t working). Plenty of parking, light crowds. Very Nice.

moviebuff82 on June 11, 2007 at 4:59 pm

Here’s a video of the recent flooding around the wayne theater…
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thankfully the theater reopened after the waters receded!!!

moviebuff82 on March 8, 2007 at 1:03 pm

Here’s a list of movies that played in 70mm at this theater:
“Gandhi” 1/21/1983
“E.T.” 2/18/1983
“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” 5/23/1984
“2010” 12/7/1984
“Dune” 12/14/1984
“A Chorus Line” 12/10/1985
“Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” 11/26/1986
“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” 5/24/1989
“Dick Tracy” 6/15/1990
“Far and Away” 5/22/1992
“Hoffa” 12/25/1992

moviebuff82 on December 13, 2006 at 10:32 am

Do they still use SDDS? I liked that sound system.

Astyanax on December 13, 2006 at 10:28 am

Although not a movie palace, a thoroughly enjoyable moviegoing experience. Unlike the mob scene at Clifton Commons, there is ample parking and no signs of crowds. Makes you wonder how they meet their “nut”. Staff are pleasant and the place is immaculate. Programming blends some blockbusteres with more serious fare.

moviebuff82 on December 13, 2006 at 10:12 am

Any plans for a 25th anniversary event at the theater one year from this month? It would be nice to see hit movies from every year that played at the theater. How has business been at Wayne after Clifton Commons opened?

moviebuff82 on January 23, 2006 at 10:38 am

I agree. AMC should renovate the Bridgewater theatre to have rockback seats, unlike the stale seats that were like the old rockaway theatre before it closed.

John Fink
John Fink on January 22, 2006 at 3:47 pm

Really? They’ll probably make it look more AMC-like. AMC’s new constructions have awsome seats.

moviebuff82 on January 22, 2006 at 1:10 pm

You know, when AMC completes the loews deal, they will close down the wayne theatre and make it stadium seating….

John Fink
John Fink on January 22, 2006 at 4:54 am

It’s a problem with all Loews Theaters actually – the worst is the ill designed Pallisades Center, but even in CT it’s a problem – the ticket line at the LCE Plainville takes 20 minutes to buy tickets. Hopefully this will all change, AMC is pretty good at running a movie theater, Clifton Commons is well run. They also know how to schedule showtimes so that things aren’t all starting around the same time. Theres a reason why AMC is the most successful chain in the country…

umbaba on January 22, 2006 at 3:30 am

Theaters 5-6-7-8 are the cutup theaters from the original larger auditoriums…they’re not the best…I never look forward to seeing a film in these auditoriums…

plus, poorly managed, understaffed, and completely unfriendly box-office people and sooo slow….go to a weekend matinee….one box office person answering phones dealing with idiot patrons and sooo slow…I always complain to management to put more box office peole…I’m not the only one though…..all high school employees…know nothing about movies, are rude and unfriendly

moviebuff82 on January 22, 2006 at 2:23 am

Has anything changed since I last went to the theatre (last movie I saw there was “The Matrix” in the spring of 1999). Also which of the 14 screens have 8-channel SDDS? The clearview cinemas in my area don’t have the full surround sound of that system.

pbubny on December 28, 2005 at 9:20 am

It makes enough sense so that I can see how they did it. Thanks; I guess the subdivided auditoriums really weren’t as deep as they were originally but the sightlines and screen size were good enough to sort of disguise this fact.

John Fink
John Fink on December 28, 2005 at 8:58 am

Okay, that didn’t make sense, bassicly one theater is behind the other, projecting on to what would have been the left side of the former auditrium wall, it wasn’t expanded out but the theater’s sight lines are good enough that you the divsion isn’t a hiderance (except for that long, dark hallway you have to walk down to get past one theater to the other).

John Fink
John Fink on December 28, 2005 at 8:55 am

Possable but these were larger than the current largest theaters there 3 and 4, they were split so that one theater is behind the other, in half, creating two shallow theaters.

Visual example:

| | | 7 |
| 6 | | _ |
| | to: | | 8 |
__| |

note: not anywhere near scale, but you get the point.

pbubny on December 28, 2005 at 6:48 am

The Loews Wayne—whether it was 6, 8, or 14 screens—has always struck me as a perfectly decent place to see a movie. Early in the theatre’s history, it showed 70mm blowups (I think my first visit here was for “Gandhi,” and I also saw “Far and Away,” which was actually filmed in 70mm, here—awful movie but terrific image quality) and the bigger auditoriums seemed like an acceptable substitute for the single-screen houses that were falling by the wayside. My last visit here was for the “Alamo” remake that probably played about as well here as it would have in a “modern” stadium-seating multi; I believe it was on one of the six screens that were added in the ‘90s.

I’m a little hazy on exactly how the two biggest auditoriums were divided when the original 6 was turned into 8, because I remember seeing “Jurassic Park” here (post-8-plexing and pre-14-plexing) in what seemed like a good-sized auditorium—but not, as I recall, in what would have been the original Theatre #1 or the identically-sized #2 across the hall. In other words, if the two biggest theatres were simply split, I would have expected either long, narrow auditoriums or very shallow wide ones. Could Loews have redistributed the space a little more equitably across some or all of the auditoriums to turn 6 into 8?

John Fink
John Fink on July 5, 2005 at 4:22 pm

Loews Wayne and Medows 6 are pretty much identical in design, that was until Loews Wayne cut the two largest houses in half to become 8 and then later added 6 to become 14. The Medows 6 is still open, as is the Plaza 8 (down the street) – both are low price first run houses, hanging on until Muvico comes to town.

moviebuff82 on July 5, 2005 at 2:51 pm

are those six screens still intact in the theatre?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on July 1, 2005 at 5:43 pm

From Loew’s 1982 annual report:

“During 1982 the [Theatres] Division added seventeen new screens in three ultra-modem complexes. Our new theatres, featuring spacious lobbies with giant refreshment centers, and large, wide auditoriums with wall-to-wall screens, which our research indicates the public prefers, have met with great acceptance.

“In the fast-growing Houston suburbs, a five- screen complex was opened in the exclusive Southpoint Center. A six-screen free-standing building was constructed opposite New Jersey’s mammoth shopping center, Willowbrook Mall, and another six-screen theatre is the focal point of the Harmon Meadow complex of shops, hotel, restaurants and office buildings located within sight of the New Jersey Meadowlands sports complex.”

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on July 1, 2005 at 5:30 pm

From Loew’s 1981 annual report:

“Construction was commenced during the year on two strikingly modern theatre complexes in New Jersey, one at Wayne, opposite the huge Willowbrook Mall, and one near the famous Meadowlands Sports complex, home of the New York football Giants.”

bamtino on May 21, 2005 at 10:31 am

As stated in the description, this theatre opened with six auditoriums, two of which were later twinned. The additional six screens later added were the result of an addition to the back of the original facility. The addition featured an all-new concession stand (with kitchen), a managers' kiosk, and two indoor box offices, as well as an upper level in which three of the new screens reside. The entire facility was reoriented so that the addition, in the back, is now the theatre’s entrance, while the older eight auditoriums are now in the building’s rear. The original concession stand is now an auxilliary stand and the original box offices, with their exterior windows plastered over, have been converted to storage space.
The theatre’s original, six-screen design, can be seen at the Loews Meadow Six theatre in Secaucus, NJ (/theaters/10084/).