AMC Rockaway 16

363 Mt. Hope Avenue,
Rockaway, NJ 07866

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moviebuff82 on October 3, 2009 at 1:42 pm

More info on my visit to the theater last night…it was a 4:45 showing, although the showtime wasn’t printed right on the ticket but the auditorium was right. The cleaners near the screen told us that the movie was almost over after the 2:30 showing. The crowd was about 15-20 out of 360 seats. With the IMAX formatting, the only screen with 360 seats will be theater #9. I hope the allow some spaces for the disabled.

moviebuff82 on October 2, 2009 at 4:28 pm

came back from zombieland. sound was great but projection was blurry. i sat above the non stadium seating section. the theater i was in is the one that will get imax.

moviebuff82 on October 1, 2009 at 11:42 am

When IMAX-D comes this december, expect higher prices for showings of movies, even a few dollars more than the 3D Digital showings. At least AMC will still use AM Cinema for those who have deep pockets.

tcjarvik on October 1, 2009 at 4:41 am

I have seen IMAX digital, RealD, and real full size IMAX. IMAX digital has a much smaller screen. AMC Bay Street 16 in Emeryville turned a regular sized auditorium into an IMAX auditorium by installing a slightly bigger screen. I was not impressed by the size. The picture quality seemed pretty good, but I could hardly tell the difference between the IMAX digital quality and regular 35mm film. In fact, IMAX digital looked practically the same as RealD. However, RealD usually can only be used on smaller screens because there is not enough light coming from a RealD projector to fill big screens. The IMAX digital sound system was slightly better than what used to be there. The bass was deeper and the sound was a little louder.

JJD on September 30, 2009 at 12:23 pm

I am curious as to why Rockaway is getting an IMAX system when it already has one (and soon two) RealD systems. Is it normal for a theater to have both? What could IMAX do with two projectors that RealD has successfully done with one? Is it a cost-based decision? And if nothing else changes (e.g., screen size) will the average person even notice any difference? I have never seen an IMAX digital presentation so I’ll be curious to see which is better. If anybody has, how does it compare to RealD? So far, all of the RealD shows have been spectacular.

moviebuff82 on September 30, 2009 at 11:44 am

BTW, what surround sound format is used for the 4k auditorium (and the one to open soon)? Does it have more channels than the regular Dolby Digital EX that is in every other auditorium? As for the digital IMAX, I can’t wait. It will be my first time seeing an IMAX movie in a regular auditorium. I’ve seen an IMAX movie twice at Lincoln Square, and the print was a bit scratched a few months after it came out (the movie was “L5”), and there were minor splices. IMAX digital will help IMAX advance into the next generation and is less heavier than the giant film reels that IMAX uses in its old auditoriums.

geniusdj2 on September 29, 2009 at 8:21 pm

reald only plays through one projector.. whereas digital imax requires two projectors combined.. creating one image.. That’s the only difference between reald and digi-imax

geniusdj2 on September 29, 2009 at 8:20 pm

lol.. i can’t really tell anything about it but it will be in 8… and yes its digital imax…

JJD on September 29, 2009 at 2:42 pm

SlimShady, You are the best! We want details! How will this IMAX thing work and how will it differ from the RealD installations (#7 & #15)?

moviebuff82 on September 29, 2009 at 2:23 pm

real or fake? i want real imax.

geniusdj2 on September 29, 2009 at 2:19 pm

imax coming soon in time for avatar release….

moviebuff82 on September 27, 2009 at 7:23 am

Advance tickets are now on sale for the new Michael Jackson movie, as well as the upcoming Toy Story double feature in 3-D, which is the next 3-D movie that this theater will play after Cloudy ends its run.

moviebuff82 on September 26, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Other than showing the “Deck the Halls” movie days before it came out, has this theater ever shown a rough cut of a movie months before it came out? I hope they do a program similiar to what Jeffrey Lyons did with his Coming Attractions series, which I enjoyed at the old AMC Loews Meadow Six, Wayne 14, and Route 4 Tenplex.

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.