AMC Rockaway 16

363 Mount Hope Avenue,
Rockaway, NJ 07866

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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 22, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Went with my aunt to see what will probably be Adam Sandler’s lowpoint of his career…that Zohan movie. It was playing in theater 12, still with the right front channel out but all four channels plus the subwoofer were working good. The projection was a bit blurry at the beginning with “The Rocker” trailer, but by the next trailer, it was a bit sharper. Not only that, but some of the titles on screen emited some glows around the letters. Also, the picture was somewhat cut off by misplaced framing, mostly to the left of the screen as AMC prefers showing it movies in a ratio simliar to HD (1.78 as opposed to 1.85) for matte films.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 22, 2008 at 2:03 pm

Went with my aunt to see what will probably be Adam Sandler’s lowpoint of his career…that Zohan movie. It was playing in theater 12, still with the right front channel out but all four channels plus the subwoofer were working good. The projection was a bit blurry at the beginning with “The Rocker” trailer, but by the next trailer, it was a bit sharper. Not only that, but some of the titles on screen emited some glows around the letters. Also, the picture was somewhat cut off by misplaced framing, mostly to the left of the screen as AMC prefers showing it movies in a ratio simliar to HD (1.78 as opposed to 1.85) for matte films.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 17, 2008 at 8:40 pm

That was in 2002, the same year that the old Rockaway theater was closed.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on June 17, 2008 at 8:05 pm

The policy of bringing in outside food changed at the same time AMC bought General Cinema from US Bankruptcy Court.

tcjarvik
tcjarvik on June 17, 2008 at 7:08 pm

AMC Theatres has a policy of letting people bring in outside food.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 16, 2008 at 4:21 pm

some people think the movie will have less talk than other pixar movies, with the only speech being the robot’s bloops and bleeps. But I think it will do good business as other pixar movies have done in the past. This is the second Pixar movie to be played at the Rockaway theater but not the first time in town. Cars played at this theater during a free preview, and Monsters Inc was the last pixar movie at the old theater before it closed shop. Pixar movies are supposed to be seen in DLP, since its computer animated. I’m not sure if Rockaway will show Wall*E in DLP or just plain 35mm.

PeterApruzzese
PeterApruzzese on June 16, 2008 at 3:45 pm

Why do you think it will be a “bomb”?

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 16, 2008 at 3:40 pm

Advance ticketing is now avaible for “Wanted” and “Hancock”, both regular 35mm presentations. No advance ticketing for Wall E yet until tomorrow night, as that movie might be Pixar’s first bomb. Still dissapointed that IMAX in Rockaway will have to wait until after Xmas.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 14, 2008 at 4:37 pm

When I went to this theater to see “Iron Man”, one of the stools in the bathroom was out of order. By the time “Indy 4” came out, it was fixed!!! Kudos to the theater’s staff for fixing issues like this, but not the projection and high ticket prices, not to mention high popcorn and soda prices, so high, that I might sneak in my own food!!!

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 11, 2008 at 11:35 am

The timing of the IMAX system two years after the theater opened is a good thing. Usually it takes two years for a new theater to get good box office, and that encourages companies to install digital systems in the theaters. Clearview was lucky to install digital projection in nearly all of its newer theaters first with the Real D deal that began back in March of last year with “Meet the Robinsons” and quickly expanded earlier this year as the box office was up during the 1Q of this year. Now that attendance is finally up from last year (due to a lot of good summer movies and the record heat that is now gone), IMAX is slowly rolling out its projection system in a few cities and will complete it by 2009, which is when Avatar comes out.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 10, 2008 at 9:11 am

thanks for the update, tcjarvik. About the only film I can think of to be coming out that month will be Madagascar 2: Escape from Africa. I saw bits and pieces of the first one and it was quite cute and funny, and probably better than Disney’s take on that movie with The Wild. Too bad I have to drive to Palisades Center or Lincoln Square to see Batman in IMAX. FYI, the Madagascar 2 trailer is playing with Kung Fu Panda, which is now playing at this theater alongside that Zohan movie. This weekend comes another hulk movie and the new M Night Shylamalan flick The Happening. The last M Night movie that played in Rockaway was Unbreakable, since Signs came out more than a month after the old location closed.

tcjarvik
tcjarvik on June 9, 2008 at 7:31 pm

From the IMAX website, Rockaway is not listed as getting an IMAX until at least after November. Rockaway is not even on the schedule yet. Apparently, the installations are taking longer to roll out than they had thought.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 9, 2008 at 11:02 am

opening night attractions were a mix of commercial and art house fare. some of the summer hits the year that it opened were screened for free for readers of the daily record.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 25, 2008 at 4:33 pm

and so little time.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on May 25, 2008 at 4:27 pm

SO MANY BITTER MOVIE PEOPLE…………….

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 25, 2008 at 3:50 pm

One other note, they replaced the Journey 3D poster and put in the regular version, and near the snack stand a big H featuring Will Smith (for Hancock) is there. Don’t forget that Sex and the City opens this coming weekend in Rockaway!!! As for the framing of Indy 4, they did a good job, with slight darkness near the bottom and sides of the screen. There were some splices near the end of the movie and on the Hellboy II trailer, as well as some splotches of black. So far, most of the theaters around my area are not showing Indy 4 in digital, just good old film. And that’s the way Spielberg intended to be, alongside his friend Lucas. Too bad this theater is not THX certified like Clifton Commons, Bridgewater, or Essex Green, which I haven’t been to. I think THX wouldn’t like the way the theater was built, as sound bleeds into the wall of each theater.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 23, 2008 at 7:42 pm

went to see indy at a 435 showing, on two screens! i preferred the larger one, 8, as opposed to 7 on the ticket. presentation was very good and the crowd enjoyed it. recently amc has put new pricing offers for senior citizens and college and high school students that will please those movie goers. i hope the imax debuts when batman returns to rockaway after he began again in parsippany 8 years after the dynamic duo bombed where best buy sits now!

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 18, 2008 at 7:23 pm

Since they will install a new Imax system just in time for the new batman movie, a new position would be needed for someone to run the digital system. What’s the status on the IMAX? I read that it’s not listed in the July openings.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on May 15, 2008 at 5:19 am

The AMC Theatre that I work at still has our projection manager. I highly doubt they wold eliminate the projection manager at the 24 and 30-plexes.

ssiry001
ssiry001 on May 14, 2008 at 9:05 pm

movie534, I’m not sure where you’re getting your information about AMC from but AMC has not cut any booth managers. They have not and will not (at least in the near future) cut or reassigned any manager, let alone a booth manager. If there has been a particular manager or set of managers that have been reassigned or cut, it’s probably because they weren’t doing their jobs effectively.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 14, 2008 at 8:05 pm

thanks for the comment, movie534. THat’s why I mostly watch new movies on blu-ray and on my hdtv rather than fork a lot of cash to see a movie on a blurry screen!!!

markp
markp on May 14, 2008 at 7:52 pm

Just to let you in on some inside scoop Justin, AMC recently slashed theatre budgets across the country. All the theatres lost their projection booth managers. They have all been either let go, or reassigned as regular house managers. Presentations should take a nose dive now. But don’t worry, if you’re not happy, they will give you a pass to come back. You will have already spent $10 to $12 at the concession stand. And THAT is all that matters to any of these big chains, AMC, clearview, regal, etc.

markp
markp on May 13, 2008 at 10:38 pm

Spielberg probably thinks like me. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The reason for the blurry projection is because this theatre. like all others, have managers running the projection room, the boxoffice, the candy stand, counting money, etc. Too many hats being worn, so all jobs suffer. And that’s the only reason why everyone thinks this DLP will be the end all cure all. We’ll wait and see. Enjoy your blockbusters. Me personally, after being in this business for 33 years, I have no desire to see any of these movies, and I ran and enjoyed the previous 3 Indy movies. Maybe Wall-E is one I’ll take in.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 13, 2008 at 8:52 pm

I checked out the upcoming movie schedule for this theater, and Narnia will play on 4 screens this weekend; next weekend, Indy will be on 4 or more screens and will be shown in 35mm. Spielberg shot this movie on plain old film rather than digital as opposed to the producer of the movie, George Lucas, who is a supporter of digital cinema ever since Episode I came out in Paramus and Secaucus.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 9, 2008 at 9:21 pm

went to see a 4:50 showing of “Iron Man”, the projection was a bit blurry but the surround sound was great and the crowd was filling the stadium seats but not the rocking seats near the large screen. The film started to being around 2 minutes late….and one of the toilets in the mens rooms was out of order as well as a running sink!!!! Any update on the IMAX rollout coming to Rockaway? So far, only DC and some other city will have the system up and running for the new system!!!