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Back then, most people would refer to this theater as the Century, while the theater on Route 4 was the Stanley Warner.
I heard that they’re building a mall on some vacant site on 17 to compete with the other malls in Paramus….will this mean another movie theater to go along with the AMC and the Regal to open next year?
When did Star Wars A New Hope first play at the inners? I know when the outers opened they had a reissue of the original Star Wars in Dolby Stereo followed by Empire before Jedi came out, the latter would be shown again in 1985 before the special editions arrived in 1997 in digital surround sound. By 1998, the inners were closed, so Episode I and II played at the outers to moderate success. The last major blockbuster to play in the outers was Spider-Man before they shut their doors in June nearly 15 years ago. This left North Jersey with the AMC in Clifton Commons, Bridgewater, and Essex Green as the only AMCs in that area, with the AMC Empire 25 the closest and only true AMC theater in the NYC area.
http://variety.com/2017/film/news/amc-entertainment-2-1202418948/ it seems that AMC is moving in the right direction as they are renovating more theaters at a rapid pace from now until 2018.
According to Fandango it hasn’t been. Dolby Cinema has its own Facebook page where you can hear the latest news on openings. AMC is its biggest customer right now at the rate they’re opening the dolby cinemas. It’s not as big as IMAX, but it’s growing.
I believe ET played from June to the fall of 1982 here until Halloween III played, another Universal film.
At one time RKO once owned the theater when they took over the venue from BS Moss before Cineplex Odeon closed it in the early 90s.
Sometime in the late 1980s this theater closed down.
It didn’t play here in 70mm. Only in NYC, the ziegfield theater where it opened. It’s been ten years since the theater was demolished and became more parking. The first transformers movie, which was the 1986 cartoon, played here. If you count all the screens in paramus back then, that would be 16 screens.
For some time in 1983, the triplex showed the first two star wars movies from 1977 and 1980 while the then seven plex played return of the jedi on several screens. When it became a tenplex, Temple of Doom played on a couple of screens.
This coming memorial day weekend will mark 10 years since this theater opened on the 50th anniversary of the mall’s opening. Just like a decade ago, a Pirates movie is being played here.
Theater #9 will be the Prime auditorium according to a friend of mine who works at this theater.
@alpinedownhiller….i think reserved seating is coming according to fandango, which confirms that fact.
was it a 4k print?
The hall turns 85 this christmas. Any chance they’ll have an anniversary event or will they wait until 90 in 2022 and perhaps 2032 when it turns 100?
Reserved seating doesn’t need to be at this theater, it has suffered from wear and tear.
Starting Friday, the imax will have it too.
i actually went the weekend after the opening and the first movie I saw there was Borat on a big screen. I saw Happy feet months after it came out with my family. This was when the only digital projection they had was for the preshow and then sometime in the late 00s fathom events. It wasn’t until the 3d craze in 2009 with Avatar that AMC started to invest in 4k projectors as well as digital IMAX to draw moviegoers to a movie back when 3d movies for home viewing was expensive.
Me too…the only thing that will irk me is the reserved seating. When Dolby Cinema at Clifton Commons opened, they were putting in the letters and numbers for the reserved seating process to work. By the following weekend, that plan worked in effect. So far, advance sales for guardians in dolby at clifton have sold out already over the imax 3d version.
What is the highest grossing movie at this theater?
In two years this location will turn 20 years old.
How did the theater get its name?
The tisch family bought the Loews corporation and used it to buy everything from hotels to cigarettes to watches after it sold off MGM in 1959. Years later Tri-Star would buy the chain and some theatres would show their product and sold Coke since Coke had a share in it. When Sony bought the chain in 1989, it installed SDDS in many of its bigger theatres much like its competitor AMC did. Loews would later buy several chains, including Star Theatres, as well as Magic Johnson’s chain of urban cinemas, before merging with Cineplex Odeon in 1998, which bought several other chains in the 80s while under part control from MCA. The Loews Cineplex Chain filed for Chapter 11 much like General Cinema did years after due to the recession, unlike AMC which was healthy and bought the latter and then the former in the early 2000s before upgrading all theatres with digital 3d and imax. At the start of this decade they renovated several theaters with recliners, then ETX, until Wanda took over from china, which helped spur more renovations and took over several small hollywood studios like Legendary to blend with partly owned Open Road Films, known for the Oscar winning 2015 film Spotlight. The rest is history. AMC is the Mcdonald’s of theaters.
They should renovate every non laser imax with reclining seats and reserved seating as imax is the hottest ticket in all of premium cinema. Furious 8 is the widest imax release of all time even though the movie doesn’t fill up the screen, some trailers like transformers have imax footage in it.
When Sony owned the Lincoln Square, several of its films had world premieres at this venue.