AMC Clifton Commons 16

405 Route 3 East,
Clifton, NJ 07013

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CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on August 30, 2008 at 9:15 pm

Is this Clifton Commons?
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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on August 27, 2008 at 11:51 am

That sucks. According to the THX website, it still supports this theater after the AMC takeover. Which screen is DLP equipped? I know there’s only one out of 16 that is according to various showtime sites.

FeverDog
FeverDog on August 27, 2008 at 10:18 am

They shut down the coffee place but it still stands there abandoned. As if they’re not sure what to do with it.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on August 16, 2008 at 5:36 pm

Next year marks the 10th anniversary of the first 16 plex in north jersey. The last time I went there was nearly seven years ago. Since then, AMC took over the theater, added digital projection to one of its screens, and kept some of the traits from the General Cinema era. Do they still serve coffee at this theater? MY dad used to drink Starbucks at this theater!!!

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 22, 2008 at 12:47 pm

Pretty soon Hoffman La Roche will close its Clifton location and move out west to California, creating a massive vacant space for more retail. Maybe more theaters? Probably not, as there are only two in Clifton, the smaller Allwood Cinema sixplex, which is still thriving, and of course this theater, which has one screen for DLP. Back before Clifton Commons opened, it was the site of ADP, and there was a proposal by Philips (the electronics maker) to create a mutliplex, but that faltered as the company went into some troubles. Enter General Cinema, whose first theater in NJ with stadium seating was Essex Green, and the rest is history.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on March 31, 2008 at 12:07 pm

Is it still THX certified? I know that those two THX screens were located to the left and right of the snack stand, very much like the AMC in Rockaway. I saw “Galaxy Quest” in one of the smaller ones, and it was very tiny. I even sat with my dad near the top of the auditorium for Pitch Black, as well as close to the screen for “Crouching Tiger”, and always near the guardrail for most movies, which I liked about the theater when it opened and was the first time I went to a theater with the same seating style as an IMAX theater, but with a lower price and better crowds. Since AMC bought the chain, they kept the stars and beams of the old logo an put in a big AMC logo in the back and front of the theater.

shany94
shany94 on March 30, 2008 at 9:25 pm

I think the cafe is still there, at least physically, but I usually go to Clifton during the day and have never seen it staffed. The arcade games are still there, roped off in front, not sure about the party room. They also have a “life-size” statue now of “Kung-Fu Panda”, which opens in June, near the administrative desk in the lobby.

I actually like this theater quite a bit, even if the concessions help is a little slow sometimes, although most of the movies I see here tend to be located at one extreme end of the theater or the other. I lucked out recently with “Drillbit Taylor” which was in Theater #9 and right next to everything. Would that they were all that convenient!

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on March 20, 2008 at 2:03 pm

when it opened, this theater’s marquee inside was green LED and showed which movies were sold out or not. There was also tv screens located throughout the concession, box office, and lobby stands showing upcoming movies and the policy trailers. After AMC took over in 2002, did they keep the cafe with starbucks? My dad always craved for the coffee before going to a show. There was also an arcade room with the latest games, as well as a large party room. I once went there for a job app, but didn’t get it…what clifton commons lacks is an IMAX theater….during its opening, General Cinema once in a while showed 70mm docs, mostly nature stuff.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 13, 2008 at 12:06 pm

One of several sites playing Hannah Montana in 3D.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on November 19, 2007 at 5:56 am

back when it was gc, the rewards program was called credits, and it let me get points and chances to win prizes; for the release of gladiator, an actual helmet used by russell crowe in the movie was offered as a prize in a sweepstakes. too bad i didn’t win. after amc bought gc, credits was replaced with moviewatcher and the chance of winning stuff was gone and in it was just getting points for free food and tickets. to this day, it still runs well even though it’s an amc now.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on November 10, 2007 at 2:11 pm

Since the first opening moviegoing weekend of November, AMC, like other chains, have raised prices at its theaters by 5% to $10.50. Back when it opened in 1999, the price was around $9, at that time the highest priced theater in Passaic County, NJ. To this day, the Allwood Sixplex, owned by Clearview, still has the cheapest prices in town and has become sort of a rundown place while Clifton Commons took advantage of the digital age with DLP. Currently there are plans to build more stores near the Clifton Commons area on Route 3 with another new shopping center to join that area as well as the Styerstown Shopping district. This theater was popularly featured in “The Sopranos” whenever the family visited a movie there.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on November 10, 2007 at 2:10 pm

Since the first opening moviegoing weekend of November, AMC, like other chains, have raised prices at its theaters by 5% to $10.50. Back when it opened in 1999, the price was around $9, at that time the highest priced theater in Passaic County, NJ. To this day, the Allwood Sixplex, owned by Clearview, still has the cheapest prices in town and has become sort of a rundown place while Clifton Commons took advantage of the digital age with DLP. Currently there are plans to build more stores near the Clifton Commons area on Route 3 with another new shopping center to join that area as well as the Styerstown Shopping district. This theater was popularly featured in “The Sopranos” whenever the family visited a movie there.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on October 15, 2007 at 12:47 pm

Originally slated to open just in time for the fall 1998 season, it was delayed until spring of 1999. Here are a few articles that I found using google news' archive section…
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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 22, 2007 at 11:01 am

This theater is the only one in Passaic County to be equipped with digital projection, which began with the release of “Meet the Robinsons” in digital 3-D. It was so popular at the theater that AMC chose to keep the projection system and play several movies in DLP. Which theater # has DLP? I guess it’s one of the former THX houses.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on January 17, 2007 at 2:25 pm

Whatever became of Clifton COmmons after AMC took over in 2002? The last time I was there, I saw “Monsters, Inc” when it was a General Cinema.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on December 13, 2006 at 10:24 am

Do the Clifton Commons and Rockaway theaters share any traits? I know the rockaway location doesn’t have THX-certified auditoriums in its two biggest screens (hopefully the THX guys would love to come to rockaway to check if its safe for THX), because this was originally a Loews theater, not a General Cinema.

Astyanax
Astyanax on December 3, 2005 at 2:11 am

Paul, add to that the frantic scramble for parking in a lot where the spaces are particularly tight. Exiting from the lot after the movie is also a challenge.

pbubny
pbubny on December 2, 2005 at 9:49 am

I guess I’ve been to the Clifton Commons about a dozen times in the past few years and have yet to warm up to the place. Maybe it’s because so much that is off-putting about present-day moviegoing is in abundance here: the chintzy decor, the bored-looking high-schoolers behind the obscenely overpriced concession counters who don’t know how to enunciate, “moviegoers” who just can’t put their cell phones away, the amped-up digital sound that actually detracts from the experience, and last but not least, 15 or 20 minutes of the damn commercials. My wife and I went there one evening this summer, found that the movie we came for was sold out, and decided to see “Star Wars Episode III” instead. We made this decision at 7:02 p.m., bought our tickets, stood in line at the candy counter, and had plenty of time to search for seats in a crowded auditorium before the movie began. The advertised start time of that showing was 7 p.m.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 26, 2005 at 3:59 am

And for good reason. People like to watch their movies like their at a baseball game. In Warren County, both Pohatcong and Mansfield have some stadium seating. Morris County will have stadium seating when the new Rockaway megaplex opens next spring. Bergen County has only one, which is the Edgewater Multiplex Cinemas. Hudson County has the only first-run multiplex with stadium seating, and it’s a new one: South Cove Cinemas in Bayonne. But none could match the popularity and hype of Clifton COmmons. Many local celebrities (including Paris Hilton and most of the cast of The Sopranos) and HBO film review segments happen at this giant theatre, which I tried to get a job back while I was in high school. Too bad, they didn’t let me in, although I went to the manager’s desk, which is cool. They even have a large party room and decent bathrooms.

John Fink
John Fink on June 26, 2005 at 3:53 am

Funny story about the projection at Clifton Commons. Back when it was General Cinema I went to see a movie called Charlotte Gray there, the projection was fine until the end of the movie when Charlotte goes back to see her long lost love, whom she had been lieing to the whole time (even using a diffrent name). The projection was scrambled almost, like something had fallen out of sinc.

By time I got out to the manager’s desk and informed them of the problem the projectionist had started working on it, I came back in the theatre and the cleaning folks were starting to walk in. The partrons at the bottom had told them “no, we still have to see the end of the movie.”

A few minutes later the movie started up, Cate Blanchett returns to the villa and the only words she utters “I forgot to tell you, by the way, my name is Charlotte Gray” then the credits start to roll.

But I like this theatre anyway, its the only cinema in the county with stadium seating.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 26, 2005 at 3:49 am

I recommend most moviegoers go with the Clearview Allwood Cinema as the cheap choice in Clifton compared with the busy Clifton movie theatre as well as the cheap secaucus theatres located down the road on Route 3 rather than the alternate Loews Wayne. But with the AMC/Loews deal, it could raise ticket prices for all of those theatres or maybe even shut down the older ones! :(

umbaba
umbaba on June 26, 2005 at 3:43 am

It’s a descent theater complex…I too saw “Entrapment” there as an opening…(well actually “Go” the day before) The prints are usually very good with descent sound…but I see the writing on the wall as this theater since opening is taking a downhill road as far as theater quality…the problems as the many that face multi-plexes is the highschool employees who are rude, clueless and slow. I can’t tell you how many times I’m waiting in line forever while the boxoffice person takes six years to sell a ticket….the problem isn’t always the employees, but also dumb patrons who act as if they never been to a theater before….the one that grates me is the idiots who go down the list of films asking the boxoffice person what they’re about and the employee explaining instead of moving the line….BTW….management is also a problem as at times I approached a manager about a problem I was rudely brushed off or given stupid info..(my first job was at a theater, I work in the business and I’ve forgotten more about this stuff than most of the managers know….

…another major problem….the windows to the projection booth are usually open enabling the sound of the projector to bleed through…you think they’d have the sense to close it…

…once you’re in your seat, to get up, go down the hall, find an employee, explain the problem…you miss minutes of the picture…a patron shouldn’t have to do this…the theater should constantly make sure the film goes off Ok….but once again, highschoolers and managers who know management but not movies..

….matinees, not enough box-office people

…and for god’s sake, these films cost a bundle (considering most of them suck) even the matinees are expensive $7.50 (I’m sure that’ll go up soon, I frequent Loews more now) so, train the employees on courtesy please.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 26, 2005 at 2:06 am

Good for George Lucas, bad for the cinema companies. BTW, with the Loews/AMC merger, it will install more THX-certified auditoriums in all of its theatre. THey should do it at the Wayne and the new Rockaway theatre that will open in 2006.

John Fink
John Fink on June 21, 2005 at 1:30 am

General Cinemas loved THX (which is sort of a scam, a theatre can techincally be up to THX standards but the owner may not pay for certification, in which it cannot claim THX). This one has two, so does the new (as well as the old) GC/AMC at Essex Green in West Orange.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 29, 2005 at 4:22 am

This theatre is one of two multiplexes that has THX auditoriums. Clifton Commons has two of them (theatres 8 and 9). I have been to them (among the movies I saw were good ones such as Mission Impossible 2, Dinosaur, and the Hurricane). They’re the biggest of all the 16 theatres (i think) with terrific surround sound. I saw Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon as one of those art house movies and it was a full house!!! Could someone post a photo of the clifton commons outside (a current photo, not older pictures of it).