AMC Rockaway 16

363 Mt. Hope Avenue,
Rockaway, NJ 07866

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moviebuff82 on May 4, 2017 at 11:21 am

Theater #9 will be the Prime auditorium according to a friend of mine who works at this theater.

moviebuff82 on May 3, 2017 at 12:09 pm

@alpinedownhiller….i think reserved seating is coming according to fandango, which confirms that fact.

moviebuff82 on April 21, 2017 at 12:21 pm

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.

MGrennille on April 21, 2017 at 7:03 am

The real joy of Dolby Cinema is the color reproduction and sound. The opening trailer alone at Paramus got me hooked. Whether that was just marketing or whatnot, it worked. I can’t wait for it!

alpinedownhiller on April 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Those vibrating seats basically stick a giant ultra sub-woofer under every single seat. Total gimmick IMO. I sat in one in a non-DOlby theater and it was annoying at times and sometimes it kinda rattles your neck and head and it left my ears buzzing for a week.

alpinedownhiller on April 17, 2017 at 2:56 pm

As far the Dolby goes not sure how I feel about that either. Apparently they can’t legally put in a screen bigger than the IMAX so that doesn’t seem to give them much room to enlarge #16,#1,or #9 any so it seems like just a way to pay twice the ticket price you do for one of the three other largest screens just to get recliner seats (which also means way less seats and a much bigger rush on tickets at the big screens).

It sounds like it would be laser projection though which is great. OTOH it sounds like they might go for those vibro seats which I really do not like at all. Very distracting and sometimes uncomfortable IMO. I hope they give the vibro seats on-off buttons at least.

alpinedownhiller on April 17, 2017 at 2:52 pm

I think they might be going to assigned seating for the IMAX too. Not entirely sure how I feel about that.

All I know is I was in there for Ghost in the Shell and all the seats had numbers and the aisles had row letters. I could swear that stuff was never there before. For a second I was like did I somehow accidentally drive way out to Paramus instead of Rockaway? hah.

Also I was even more wrong about Rockaway having the largest or tied for largest regular digital IMAX in the region. Paramus one is definitely bigger (contrary to the way someone on that thread had described it) and I suspect the New Brunswick IMAX is bigger (although it’s not verified) and I think there might be one more as well, one that might be the largest of them all in far eastern NJ.

moviebuff82 on April 9, 2017 at 7:53 am

Dolby Cinema at AMC is coming soon to this theater according to

markp on March 31, 2017 at 10:40 pm

Guess the wiz bangs that run the equipment never heard of Lens adjust which is on every digital projector, or changing the xenon bulb that probably has a few thousand hours on it.

alpinedownhiller on March 31, 2017 at 4:39 pm

The projection in #7 is off and it’s been off for a good two years now. They need to get someone to re-calibrate the projector as the R,G,B are not all aligned and everything has bit of color fringing and the overall resolution comes across low.

I’ve only seen a movie in #12 once, pretty recently, not sure if it was a one time thing or what, but the black levels were really high and the contrast low and it was really faded out. They seem to put stuff they are about to drop in that theater so maybe it’s just a really old, worn out projector? Or maybe it’s a good one but the calibration for levels is set way, way wrong.

Haven’t seen one in #10 for a long time but the last time I did it was like #7, only to an even greater degree, huge purple and yellow fringing problem.

I think the projection is calibrated and set properly on all the other screens though (although some of the recent Fathom stuff in #16 has been off, first it was crushed blacks and hyper contrast, now it has none of those issue but a bit faded blacks and low contrast and dim but not that bad and better than before but not as good as once upon a time before their Fathom events projection broke a couple years ago or so).

moviebuff82 on March 16, 2017 at 11:51 am

So far the theater was closed for a day and a half which isn’t bad compared to what happened during Sandy and Irene years ago. On some of the seats you can see some wear and tear. Once AMC is done with renovating East Hanover, they can move on and renovate Rockaway soon.

moviebuff82 on March 12, 2017 at 4:41 pm

BTW, went to see Logan this morning at around 10:30 when during the Kong Skull island show in imax the projector broke down, forcing management to cancel the show and offer the audience a free movie pass!!! As for Logan, when the AMC logo came out the projection was windowboxed until the curtains formatted it to an almost correct ratio. I noticed near the auditorium that they had a 3d recycling bin for the glasses since the projectors were 3d ones. Image was somewhat bright and sharp when the lights were half dimmed but when the feature presentation began it looked kinda blurry. Audio was pretty good and the audience behaved. This movie will have legs. I hope the snowstorm that will affect the area doesn’t damage theaters like this one this week!!!

rivest266 on March 2, 2017 at 4:51 pm

November 17th, 2006 grand opening ad can be found in the photo section for this cinema. Quality leaves much to be desired. Alpinedownhiller, did you upload the Stanley Warner in Paramus?

alpinedownhiller on March 2, 2017 at 3:16 pm

Wouldn’t a grand opening ad actually be 100% on topic though? If this site is about the history of movie theaters how is that not on topic? Maybe some of the other posts were all over the place, but how is this possibly not 100% on topic? Look at books or threads here on some of the classic old cinemas and they feature grand opening ads and such when they can.

Zootopialover98 on March 1, 2017 at 9:31 pm

Oh great now moviebuff82 is now nagging about grand opening ads!

alpinedownhiller on March 1, 2017 at 9:18 pm

no, that would be cool

I did find a grand opening ad for the 2000+ seat old Stanley Warner Paramus, anyway this is the wrong thread for that.

moviebuff82 on March 1, 2017 at 4:36 pm

Does anyone have a grand opening ad?

moviebuff82 on February 21, 2017 at 12:00 pm

1977 was when AMC first arrived at the mall since its opening on labor day nearly 40 years ago. In 1981, the outers opened. Both theaters closed within four years of each other due to lease expirations between Simon and AMC. It wasn’t until 2004 when construction was approved for a 16 screen Loews Cineplex stadium seating theater, which was delayed until 2006 due to weather and other issues. Then AMC came in, and it became AMC Rockaway 16. Elements of Loews' signage are still there, with the font of the loews name for the numbers, the welcome sign, and the searchlights on the building. As for the last time i visited this place, I went to see Lego Batman in theater #16. The audio was crisp yet the volume was low, and the picture quality was very dim and flickering. If this theater gets renovated with recliners and reserved seating, I’ll stop going to this theater.

alpinedownhiller on February 15, 2017 at 11:45 pm

Rockaway has been AMC since since day one, since the early 80s at least, maybe very late 70s.

alpinedownhiller on February 15, 2017 at 11:39 pm

plus AMC card discounts add up and free online ticketing, etc.

alpinedownhiller on February 15, 2017 at 11:39 pm

I’d have to think they’d dump the Sparta 3 and not this major theater. I’d hate to see them dump this one, since AMC shows lots of the TCM classics and such that other chains don’t seem too. Not sure why they have to get rid of either. Do we even have Carmikes anywhere in the region?

moviebuff82 on February 15, 2017 at 1:43 pm

If there’s one chain that might buy this theater it’s Regal. Regal has done a better job speeding up renovations of older theaters and expanding in the marketplace. Regal was the creator of the 20 minute preshow before spinning off the joint venture with AMC while still owning a part of it.

stevenj on December 21, 2016 at 3:59 pm

Are moviebuff82 and muviebuf the same person? I can hear Bud Collyer right now. “Will the real moviebuff please stand up”.