AMC Rockaway 16

363 Mt. Hope Avenue,
Rockaway, NJ 07866

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moviebuff82 on September 26, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Checking out the new releases that begin at midnight at this theater come October 1st, the new Michael Moore film isn’t playing. They played Sicko when it came out but that movie bombed. Seems that AMC is showing less indie and more blockbuster films. BTW, the Wizard of Oz movie returned to Rockaway after it was shown at the old theater back in 1998, this time using the preshow projectors rather than 4k. It didn’t sell out before the movie started, so I think many people already seen it a lot of times and are buying it for the first time on Blu-Ray. As for movies showing in the 4k screens, is it used for preshow, or does AMC rely on the same old digital projection that’s in all screens?

moviebuff82 on September 22, 2009 at 11:49 am

FYI, the “Toy Story” double feature will last two weeks. If Cloudy still makes money, especially with the 3-D version, then AMC could still show Cloudy on one screen and “Toy Story 1&2” on a another. After the double feature is over, then AMC could show a standard 2D film like “Where the Wild Things Are” on one screen and “Cloudy 3-D” on another if it still makes money. If it doesn’t, then AMC could show “Where the Wild Things Are” on both screens before next week, when “Nightmare Before Xmas 3-D” makes its Rockaway debut for a few weeks before “A Christmas Carol 3-D” comes out. Judging from the trailer, which I saw in East Hanover, it looks promising and Carrey’s first Disney film. If it does well, then AMC would keep it around Christmas time, when “Avatar” comes out. By that time, AMC will around three 4k projectors (one every two months). I predict that by February 2011, that all 16 screens will be 4k.

JJD on September 22, 2009 at 7:13 am

This is great news. Since the frequency of 3D releases will increase over time, adding another 4K projector will help reduce the overlap problem. Now 3D releases will only have to compete with each other for audiences rather than for the same screen. “G-Force” got bumped to 2D when “X-Games” arrived, as did “Final Destination” when “Cloudy” arrived when both could have done better had there been two 3D screens. “Cloudy” will need more than a two-week run for those who want to enjoy it in 3D before the “Toy Story” double feature arrives. Hopefully, the system will be installed by then.

moviebuff82 on September 21, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Thanks for the update, SlimShady. Which auditorium will get it?

geniusdj2 on September 21, 2009 at 3:49 pm

second sony 4k projector coming within a month… lol

moviebuff82 on September 19, 2009 at 12:33 pm

FYI, the auditorium near where the one that played “Basterds”, theater 10, was the Meatball movie, the 2-D version.

moviebuff82 on September 19, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Just came back from a 12:25 showing of “Inglourious Basterds”, and it was great. Not a huge crowd, although the doors near the entrances to both theaters were open, not closed, so that the sound bled into one theater. Projection was very good, with only two minor splices during the movie, and the subtitles were clear and easy to read. Sound was good, and the audience behaved.

moviebuff82 on September 18, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Ever since this theater opened, there have been more accidents near that theater on the main highway during peak times then it was a decade ago.

moviebuff82 on September 15, 2009 at 11:46 am

I hope they play the new Michael Jackson trailer before “Meatballs”, probably in 3D. They will also show it in 2D alongside other movies coming out this weekend. I saw the trailer online and this movie will be playing nationwide. Hope Rockaway picks that movie as their next 3D movie after the “Toy Story” double feature comes out and before “A Christmas Carol” arrives. After that, the next 3D movie will be “Avatar”, and that will play for a long time until “Alice In Wonderland” arrives. I heard rumors that “Iron Man 2” will be in 3D, and the film version of the videogame “Prince of Persia” will have post-production 3-D.

moviebuff82 on September 12, 2009 at 12:26 pm

the next 3d movie to play will be Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Advance ticketing is now available for a bunch of movies, including New Moon. Is there advance tickets for Avatar yet? So far, I know it’s only the IMAX 3D version.

moviebuff82 on September 1, 2009 at 11:47 am

BTW, has attendance increased at this theater since the 3D was installed? I know some people who went to nearby theaters that have 3D before this theater got 3D. This theater has a better projection system for digital content (4k) than the Clearviews around the area, which will soon upgrade to the 4k format soon.

JJD on August 31, 2009 at 1:37 pm

For some reason, Rockaway chose to show the Avatar trailer in 2D (along with the other 2D trailers) before The Final Destination. It was show in 3D before X-Games 3D. If you got digital and the audience is there to see a 3D movie, then showing the Avatar trailer in 2D does not do it justice. If I recall, I’ve seen 2D and 3D trailers shown together in the past. The real star of The Final Destination was the 3D and, most appropriately, the gimmicky, in your face type. That’s what people expect in a horror movie and that’s what they got. So, in this case it made sense and it worked. Without it, this version of the franchise was just more of the same. Also, the 3D version achieved the highest multiple (3.25 times) over the 2D version of any of the new 3D movies so far. So much for those claiming 3D is losing steam.

moviebuff82 on August 31, 2009 at 11:24 am

Seems that The Final Destination was the #1 destination for moviegoers at the box office, especially the 3-D version. It might lose some of its audience during the next few weekends as newer films try to compete against the film. Rockaway also has this movie playing in 35mm 2D for those who can’t get tickets to the 3-D shows.

moviebuff82 on August 25, 2009 at 11:32 am

A few hours ago, a small plane made an emergency landing at the parking lot between JC Penney and Toys R Us, just right around the circle from the Rockaway theater. Thankfully, the pilot survived. Maybe he could go see a 3-D movie if he had some time.

moviebuff82 on August 24, 2009 at 3:41 pm

3D is important to Rockaway. I hope Sony installs the other 15 screens in this theater by 2012 so that my moviegoing experience can be more enjoyable, not just for movies, but sporting events and concerts. That way this theater will make revenue for AMC and for its employees who work hard at this theater. Has the CEO visited this theater?

JJD on August 24, 2009 at 6:55 am

I agree. The world does not begin or end with James Cameron. He may advance the 3D cause somewhat but it’s already off to a strong start with what’s already been out and will continue to gain strength through other directors and studios. We didn’t kill off color or sound in spite of our history of bad movies using those enhancements. Rockaway’s timing with regard to getting 3D was a little off. It fell between recent blockbusters and upcoming blockbusters. Two days only of G-Force in 3D and one week of X-Games isn’t exactly a recipe for impressive revenue. That said, Avatar will do very well indeed. The trailer was shown in 3D before X-Games 3D and it looked great. X-Games 3D was entertaining and made good use of 3D but I don’t expect it to do all that well due to its limited appeal.

tcjarvik on August 23, 2009 at 11:39 pm

3D movies are in no danger. They will continue to make 3D movies for a long time to come. Avatar looks like it will be a really good movie. The Avatar trailer is on the front page of and it is getting a lot of views. The movie is going to do very good business. X Games 3D didn’t do very well because those types of sports movies really only appeal to a small group of people such as teenage boys or young male adults. The list of major movies coming out in 3D is continuing to grow.

moviebuff82 on August 23, 2009 at 10:39 am

seems that inglorious basterds killed xgames at the box office….next weekend the new final destination might suffer against the second Halloween remake sequel…which is not a good sign. Maybe family movies like CLoudy with a CHance of Meatballs and Xmas Carol will do well. I hope they preserve the images for the Toy Story Double feature and not change anything. As for Avatar…did they show the preview at the theater? How was it? I can’t wait for that movie. If that movie bombs, then it might mean the end of digital 3D movies, which could mean that AMC would be stuck with showing enhanced versions of 2D features before Alice in Wonderland comes out.

moviebuff82 on August 21, 2009 at 5:51 pm

right now there’s only one showtime available online for inglorious basterds and nothing else. tomorrow the schedule is back to normal.

moviebuff82 on August 19, 2009 at 3:33 pm

on friday, avatar will trailer before xgames 3d as well as inglorious basterds and shorts in 35mm 2d.

JJD on August 19, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Forgot to mention the 5 trailers shown in 3D before the movie: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Toy Story/Toy Story 2, A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland, and Despicable Me.

JJD on August 19, 2009 at 1:48 pm

I attended the 10:20am showing of G-Force and the presentation was perfect…make that “picture” perfect. If all of the showings yesterday were as good as this one, then the transition to digital was seamless. I sat about 2/3 of the way back. My experience with 3D is that the closer you sit to the screen, the more you feel like you’re in the movie since the edges of the screen are less in your field of vision…but there is less of a 3D effect. The further away from the screen, the greater the 3D effect but now you’re “watching” the movie, rather than feeling like you’re in it. Rockaway’s screens are big (compared to say Parsippany) and with the stadium seating, you feel like you’re really close to it. Hence, the decision to compromise and sit where I did. Sound quality was fine. No problems. There were about 25 people at this showing. WE MADE IT! And it only took 33 months and 1 day! P.S. The movie was cute, perfect for kids, and made excellent use of 3D.

geniusdj2 on August 18, 2009 at 3:16 pm

looks like X-games is playing in 3D starting Friday… showtimes are up…

JJD on August 18, 2009 at 1:14 pm

I hope they NEVER remake the Stewardesses and if they do, it will probably get a limited release. Rockaway will never show it. The original was a piece of garbage. It was movies like that that cheapened 3D, however successful they might have been. If studios are ever to repair the damage that was done to 3D over the years by bad movies, senseless gimmickry, and poor projection, there is no better time than now. We’ve gotten past the technology hurdle and, so far, the recent 3D movies have been very “audience-friendly”. And the worldwide public has certainly embraced them. If you add in foreign totals to domestic stats, they’re all doing well (ex: Ice Age at over $789 million, so far.) That should quiet the naysayers. Maybe even some day people will stop believing the 3D movies of the 50s required “red/blue” cardboard glasses. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. They were polarized. Also, so far Parsippany and Succasunna will be getting X-Games 3D: The Movie.