AMC Rockaway Inner 6/Outer 6

301 Mount Hope Avenue,
Rockaway, NJ 07866

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blacknoi on February 5, 2008 at 6:36 am

As a manager for the Outer theaters (and basically running the place prior to it’s closing on July 28th, 2002, I can say that at least in the late 90’s and early 00’s, the OUTERS definitely did more business.

All the “blockbuster” movies would go to the outers where smaller films and many kid films would get sent to the inner theaters.

moviebuff82 on February 4, 2008 at 2:34 pm

Looks like that space occupied by the inner theaters will soon be open again, as FYE is planning a sale on all its merchandise before closing for good. AMC will never open a theater in that mall again since they opened the Rockaway 16, which is more popular than the old theater. Maybe an Old Navy should be there, as the closest Old Navy is in Mt. Olive, and also in Wayne. The space occupied by the music/video/games retailer is very large and appropriate for a clothing store, as its sister store right across the street (not related to the old theater), Sat. Matinee, is smaller. When it ran as a 12 plex, which theater did better business, the outer or inner?

PeterApruzzese on January 25, 2008 at 1:42 pm

When the outer 6 theatres opened in 1981, not all of the auditoriums were equipped with Dolby Stereo, but they all had it within a couple of years. The inner 6 theatres had it in at least 2 of the auditoriums when I was in their booth in 1980.

moviebuff82 on January 25, 2008 at 1:36 pm

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Did all twelve screens have surround sound by the time the theater expanded in 1981? The outer theaters had that early 80’s feel to it (similiar to Loews Wayne in its first years) from the sign in front, which screams retro, to the seating and projection, but not the sound. AMC was a fan of SDDS moreso than Loews theaters, since they equipped all of them with that system a year after its introduction. By the time it bought Loews and embarked on newer theaters, it discontinued the system from all theaters and replaced them with the more popular Dolby Digital EX systems that are standard in all AMC theaters.

PeterApruzzese on January 25, 2008 at 8:48 am

Justin –

The inner theatres opened in 1977, the outer theatres opened in 1981.

moviebuff82 on January 25, 2008 at 4:35 am

actually it was the first 12 plex in america.

shoeshoe14 on January 24, 2008 at 9:36 pm

Rockaway was the first megaplex in the country?

moviebuff82 on January 24, 2008 at 3:23 pm

the outer theatres opened the same time as the mall in september of 1977. in february of 1981, the inner theatres opened, making both theatres into the first megaplex in the us.

moviebuff82 on December 7, 2007 at 9:09 pm

The original Rockaway theater had no 70mm capabilities, but its successor will finally get it when an IMAX screen will be added to the theater by summer 2008.

moviebuff82 on December 2, 2007 at 9:55 am

I still have a ticket from the old AMC in Rockaway back in the spring of 2001, my only visit to that theater. The price of a matinee showing was $5; since the rockaway 16 opened, it’s jumped nearly 50%. The color of the ticket was blue instead of the red (the blue is only used for advanced tickets), and was the amc in rockaway the first to have advance ticketing in morris county? Back then, amc used to own two theaters, one of which was sold to clearview and still operates to this day (morristown). The movie I went to was on the last day of March of 2001, a 1:40 p.m. showing in theater #3. Was that theater the largest of the 12?

blacknoi on July 18, 2007 at 10:07 am

If anyone has any pictures of the Outer AMC Theaters BEFORE their 1994 renovation, I’d love to see them.

I never actually set foot in the Outers prior to the overhaul and would love to see what it looked like.

moviebuff82 on July 17, 2007 at 3:49 pm

thanks, Greg!!! That theater still looked the same in those photos as the last and only time I went there Greg. I saw Exit Wounds in theater 6, since they showed a Dolby Digital trailer before the movie. Boy how ticket prices have jumped in five years between the closing of the old AMC and the new one, which is much bigger and advanced than its predecessor in terms of projection, sound, seating, and size, not to mention parking.

blacknoi on July 17, 2007 at 2:28 pm

Pictures of the Outers, from 7/12/02

Hope you like them.

moviebuff82 on July 17, 2007 at 2:19 pm

thanks for the photos greg!!! I never been to the inner theaters before (I only went in the outers), seems those theaters weren’t as popular as the outer theaters, which had better sound and projection and survived longer than its smaller sister, which was next to a Liberty Travel store and was right across from Primetime Playhouse, which is now the Game Room. The inner theaters were gone, but the arcades live on, and at the AMC in Rockaway (the new one), their game room is smaller than the one at the mall.

moviebuff82 on July 17, 2007 at 2:11 pm

Using research from Google, the AMC Rockaway 12 used Cinemeccanica Victoria 5 projectors for the length of its business at both theaters. By the way, when did the old theater open? I knew it opened sometime in the late 1970’s around 1978 and “Rocky” was one of the first movies to be popular at that theater for quite some time. In less than two weeks, it will be five years since the first generation Rockaway theater closed down and nearly 10 years since the inner theaters closed down, both replaced by Best Buy and FYE as well as other stores. Next year will be 30 years since Rockaway got its first taste of movies as AMC entered the still new Rockaway Mall with Morris County’s first multiplex.

blacknoi on July 17, 2007 at 2:08 pm

I just uploaded the pics I have of the Inner’s here:


blacknoi on July 17, 2007 at 1:50 pm

I used to work at the Outer 6 for several years. Both theaters were 35mm projectors. I cannot remember the make, but I believe they were Italian projectors bought in the 70s.

Outer 6 theaters had 6 screens naturally. 2 @ 180 seats, 2 @ 300 seats and 2 @ 335 seats (approx).

One screen, #6 had Dolby Digital and Sony’s SDDS. The rest of the screens had SDDS only (in addition to the analog sound).

The concession stand was redone around 1994 from its original design to the design that was used up until the theater’s final day of operation: July 28, 2002.

The tile that was in the back of the concession stand was the dark brown “brick” style that used to cover the entire floor of the Rockaway Mall (prior to its renovation sometime in the late 80s or early 90s I believe).

This dark brown tile can still be seen at the Pet Store in the Rockaway Mall, downstairs by Sears infront of “Pet-Pourri.”

moviebuff82 on April 18, 2007 at 11:01 am

Thanks for changing the title of the theater!!! I was confused when it said Rockaway 10. It was a twelve-plex, not a tenplex like the soon to be extinct Route 4 theater. From what I read on sites related to 70mm presentations, both theaters in and out of the mall were not 70mm, just 35mm with Dolby Stereo, which later went to Dolby Digital as well as other sound formats, including the Surround EX that’s used in all the auditoriums at the old theater’s successor. Back in the day, the old theater used to have twilight shows, which made the theater one of the most popular in Morris County until Parsippany and East Hanover came in with their own movie plexes. The only movie I saw there was “Exit Wounds” in theater 5 with digital surround sound and an analog pre-show.

moviebuff82 on December 29, 2006 at 12:16 pm

Which is better…the old AMC Rockaway or the new one? I prefer the new one.

moviebuff82 on November 19, 2006 at 3:38 pm

What were the seating arraignments for the Rockaway theaters before it was closed and rebuilt as a 16-plex this year?

moviebuff82 on November 15, 2006 at 4:20 pm

I’ll be there sometime next week…btw, was the old rockaway outer 6 70mm ?

jedifunk on November 15, 2006 at 4:15 pm

I’ll be there Sat or Sun!!

moviebuff82 on November 15, 2006 at 2:48 am

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And so the movies return to Rockaway…

moviebuff82 on November 10, 2006 at 8:29 am

November 17 is coming!!! I can’t wait!!! When the new theatre opens, I will put up a page on Cinema Treasures dedicated to the new Rockaway 16, in addition to the Rockaway 10 theaters.

girldetective on October 1, 2006 at 8:08 am

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States that the theatre will open on November 17!