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alpinedownhiller commented about Kerasotes Showplace 14 on Oct 13, 2017 at 9:30 pm

So a good theater? what is #8 like? It has reserved seating but I’m not sure how to judge it compared to say the standard AMC Rockaway design.

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alpinedownhiller commented about AMC Garden State 16 on Oct 13, 2017 at 9:01 pm

I can’t recall but is it #6 or #7 that is the one ultra tiny little shoebox theater and screen here?

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alpinedownhiller commented about AMC Loews Wayne 14 on Oct 13, 2017 at 8:51 pm

What are screens #12 and #13 like here now?

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alpinedownhiller commented about AMC Loews Wayne 14 on Oct 13, 2017 at 8:51 pm

“The theatre building will occupy approximately 50,000 square feet with two auditoriums of 800 seats each, two with 650 seats each and two with 500 seats each for a total seating capacity of 3,900.”

Wow, 6 screens pulling 3,900 seats! Been ages since six screens pulled more than about 1,200 seats.

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alpinedownhiller commented about AMC East Hanover 12 on Oct 13, 2017 at 8:45 pm

does anyone knows anything about what screens #8 and #4 are like here now?

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alpinedownhiller commented about AMC Clifton Commons 16 on Oct 13, 2017 at 8:30 pm

@RHETT52 –
Hmm looks like Clifton is not using #12 though for the Princess Bride TCM but #7. I know #8 and #9 are the only two screens there large at all, but do you know what #7 is like? Being next to the biggest two maybe it is their second largest size at least? It’s not one of the little shoeboxes is it?

Do you think they’d get a nice crowd really into it at this theater?

Not sure any of the TCM options for this sound great in the region since the inexplicable pull from Rockaway.

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alpinedownhiller commented about AMC Clifton Commons 16 on Oct 13, 2017 at 8:18 pm

@RGETT52 – ah man sorry to hear about the messed up TCM showings here. Now even more annoyed they are not showing Princess Bride 30th at Rockaway. They have a huge screen there for TCM and it’s always packed for movies of this mid to late 80s hit of this sort. The other place that also gets huge crowds for type of movie is the New Brunswick location, so go figure, the two screen AMC decides to not show it on are…. Rockaway and New Brunswick! NB area at least has a none AMC that will take over the crowds. But Rockaway area has nothing good, Wayne is old with tiny screens and few show up for the 80s stuff there. Hanover is small and they don’t get as good crowds for this stuff either. Then Paramus has it but they get lesser crowds for this stuff than Rockaway does too and they seem to have stuck in #6 which I think might the single tiny little shoebox they have there (unless #7 is the shoebox?).

I bet Rockaway would’ve pulled in something like 60+ for the 2PM and 180 for the 7PM on Sunday for that title, mayne 220+ if they just had one showing. There is no way in the world what they are using the screen for instead will do better than that. Wayne and Hanover will probably be luck to get as many as 20 for any showing. And the Rockaway TCM screen is so much better, at least 50' wide and it’s really tall so it plays 1.85:1 aspect ratio stuff at a huge scale. They also finally got the color levels right for TCM stuff again so it’s neither crushed shadows nor faded and pale and they also have the focus spot on there now at that screen and 4k going. (annoyingly looks like they also pulled Casablanca from Rockaway too). I just don’t get how AMC does their scheduling. They literally put stuff in all the screens where it does worst and don’t on the screen where it would do best.

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alpinedownhiller commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Oct 11, 2017 at 5:47 pm

Wow, can’t believe they pulled 30th Anniversary Princess Bride from this theater. This theater ruled for 80s films like that, always packed. Instead AMC puts it at Garden State where 80s stuff gets middling crowds, who cares if that is the flagship theater and there is a high population density there is the people there don’t for this stuff as much?, and Wayne where they get poor crowds for that sort of stuff?

Not like anything is even doing that well in the theaters and they can’t even fit in a single one of the Sunday showings at Rockaway?

I remember once before Rockaway tried to back out of one of the Fathom 80s movies of this exact sort and then they brought it back at the last second and it was practically sold out even despite getting less advertising because of that.

Whoever runs the theater doesn’t seem to get what sorts of 80s stuff this region goes nuts for and what it doesn’t.

This was one of the few of the Fathom events I had actually heard people talking about all over and they pull it.

Stinks, since the screen they run Fathom on here is so much better than at the other regional theaters too and this theater has the best, most fun crowds for 80s movies.

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alpinedownhiller commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Oct 10, 2017 at 10:55 pm

Blade Runner 2049 has so much sub bass that even the IMAX theater here had the seats and floor and ceiling literally vibrating and shaking. I think they kinda overdid the sub bass a touch for this movie. It was to the point that it actually took you out of the movie a bit at times. Felt like someone had speakers set to 8 across the board and then went over to the sub amp and turned it to 10, then removed the stop and dialed it to 12 and then went to the sub subwoofer and set it to 10 removed the stop and set it 18. Not sure I can recall a movie that ever set the balance that much towards subs and had things that should not have insane amounts of bass, have insane amounts of bass.

Wasn’t so fond of that and at times the score seemed to mostly just hitting a few ultra bass notes that you felt as much as heard.

Otherwise, awesome movie.

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alpinedownhiller commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Oct 9, 2017 at 11:04 pm

Yeah the laser projection itself is fantastic and the seats are very comfortable.

(if you didn’t try sending in a note about overly loud volume too, every bit helps)

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alpinedownhiller commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Oct 9, 2017 at 11:01 pm

The IMAX screens are always too loud too at every location. Those and Dolby are always set too loud everywhere. Most screens, at most theaters, in general, especially in NJ, the Norhteast and parts of CA, are these days are really, although often not quite as overdone (then again some have poor speaker balance and some will be lower overall by a decent bit but the peaky trouble will be yow). Here, the other screens, it depends, most are too loud as well but a few have the volume set to a good level, reasonably loud but nothing crazy. Comfortable, non-ear damaging.

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alpinedownhiller commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Oct 9, 2017 at 10:57 pm

Did they rumble like mad for Blade Runner 2049, like how during the demo at the start, the chair went nuts for a couple seconds or was it much more subdued?

Did it constantly rumble, like for every deep music note or just a few scenes for a second here and there? Or for extended periods during some scenes?

Some people made it sound like for this film, at least at some other locations, the rumble seats were constantly rumbling and going nuts a lot too. Maybe they were overblowing it or their theater had them set too high or something.

As I said, for Close Encounters, the rumble seats didn’t do much most of the time and when they did it never got totally out of control, mostly it was mild so it didn’t end up being bothersome. But that was an old film.

Yeah I don’t get the point of turning up the volume so loud that stuff rattles and distorts. May as well use $10 speakers instead of $10,000 at that point. It sort of defeats the purpose. But it’s uncomfortable and not great for hearing long term.

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alpinedownhiller commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Oct 8, 2017 at 5:38 pm

Has anyone seen Blade Runner 2049 here yet in the Dolby Cinema? I’ve been seeing a lot of complaints by people who went to various other Dolby Cinemas for this saying that they went nuts with the vibrating chair and they were exhausted after almost 3 hours of rumbling and that it constantly took them out of the movie. They said it was all a shame since the projection look astonishing but the volume levels and rumbling were said to be annoying.

When I saw Close Encounters here, the seat rumbling wasn’t that bad, just used a little bit so it was OK. But it sounds like they went nuts for BR 2049??

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alpinedownhiller commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Oct 8, 2017 at 4:58 pm

It is a shame they shut down the Palisades IMAX instead of converting it to laser IMAX. It was the only way for those not in the city itself to easily see a true IMAX film. Lincoln Square is time consuming and costly to get to if you have to come in from outside of the city itself. Ah well, at least it is here. (but I’m not sure I trust the glasses here, never did get a final response back from the IMAX people. At Reading the Laser IMAX 3D was simply beyond belief and they keep that theater DARK, like old school, non-stadium seating dark, so the blacks and contrast ratio were really amazing.)

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alpinedownhiller commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Oct 8, 2017 at 4:55 pm

Oh wow cool. Hadn’t realized they had shot any of it in IMAX. Cool. It was amazing at the Reading Laser IMAX when it popped up full IMAX screen for The Force Awakens.

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alpinedownhiller commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Oct 8, 2017 at 2:19 pm

@FAShaffi – “according to this link, no 70MM IMAX print for this theater for The Last Jedi:( not surprised, but still disappointed, although I will still check it out here because it’ll be in 1:43”

I don’t think it will be in 1:43 at all will it?

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alpinedownhiller commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Oct 8, 2017 at 2:17 pm

@Darth – “Alpine, go have a cup of warm milk and go to sleep. I’ve been going to the most aggressive presentations of movies ever for many years. Do your research on damaging decibel levels, and compare it to what you experience in an Imax theater. Attending one single rock concert without ear plugs can do far more damage than seeing 100 Imax movies. I’m sure you can find a second rate theater with an out-dated sound system that won’t aggravate your overly sensitive hearing.”

Sounds like your hearing is already damaged. Or maybe you have bad genes and have crappy ears?

And have you seen the incredible dB many theaters, IMAX or not, although IMAX and Dolby ones are never on the reasonable side, are hitting these days, sometimes for extremely long, continuous stretches? I’ve heard numerous people say they come out of theaters with ringing and not being to hear well and shouting for an hour or two afterwards.

I don’t like outdated crappy sound with the treble spiked and everything crummy, I like top quality sound at reasonable levels, which actually let your ears hear all of the quality. I have $600 headphones, $1000 headphone amp, nice speakers, etc. And I don’t it whisper quiet either, just reasonable levels and also with some dynamics where they don’t have the entire movie, dialogue and all set to 10.

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alpinedownhiller commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Oct 4, 2017 at 1:56 pm

There is a happy medium between babies' nights and ridiculous sound levels. People were pretty damn entertained in the theaters in the 80s and early 90s before the levels started getting pumped up nuts at many places.

The Clifton, NJ THX auditoriums used to be great in that they dialed the volume down each time after THX left and you get left with amazing quality speakers and nice loud, envelopming sound but sound that never hurt your ears, presented no risk for hearing loss. It was just nice and reasonable levels. Didn’t shaek the structure and cause distortion, wasn’t so loud that your ears had to try to retune, just let you hear perfect audio a reasonable, not super quiet or anything, level.

It’s a damn shame it’s so hard to find a place like that now.

anyway mock all you want with your pathetic mommies and babies nonsense, tool

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alpinedownhiller commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Oct 4, 2017 at 1:51 pm

@bigjoe59 – wouldn’t the IMAX be better than the Loews? Much bigger screen (even though the Loews is quite big) and laser projection (2D so whether or not they did fix the 3D glasses here doesn’t even come into play in this case).

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alpinedownhiller commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Oct 4, 2017 at 1:50 pm

The insane levels are due to panic and reading the audience wrong, they think that unless they toss in random nonsense they will be doomed by smartphones just because a few yahoos can’t live without hearing damage and flash, boom, bang instead of actual cinema.

They forget how many they have driven out of the cinemas with the over the top volume and back into home theaters. These people don’t speak up as often.

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alpinedownhiller commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Oct 4, 2017 at 1:46 pm

@Darth_Vader444 – get back to us in 10-20 years when you are using a hearing aid and your ears are ringing, maybe you’ll be the one crying then….

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alpinedownhiller commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Oct 4, 2017 at 12:04 pm

I was about to see Blade Runner 2049 in the new Dolby auditorium, but now it turns out the IMAX version is stretched to 1.9:1 now not sure which way to go. The IMAX will look bigger, even at the mall, if they use the entire surface area, and at say Garden State or such it will look even bigger still. DOlby does have the 4K and slightly deeper blacks and slightly greater contrast overall (even despite the slightly overly lit Dolby auditoriums) and recling seats for a nearly 3 hour long film. May have to see it both ways plus 3D too. Gah! Wondering which way to take those who might onbly see it once though.

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alpinedownhiller commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Sep 30, 2017 at 11:45 pm

yeah tickets are $ but it is a pretty cool screen

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alpinedownhiller commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Sep 29, 2017 at 1:34 pm

But the screen does look crisp, pretty big and the contrast levels do look really good over much of the screen so it really does look pretty impressive visually.

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alpinedownhiller commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Sep 29, 2017 at 1:32 pm

Actually the Dolby screen does have some light leakage from the overly bright blue lights all over, same issue with almost every Dolby cinema. So the lower right corner has the black levels washed out to no darker than at any of the regular screens.

That said the middle part of the screen that matters the most gets pretty black and the overall presentation is still pretty awesome.

Just if they set up their theaters a bit more sensibly, get rid of the 3 blue lights on the ceiling, dim the aisle lighting a bit and put buffers on the tops of the blue aisle lights so they constantly catch the corner of your eye it could then be perfect like at some of the IMAX Laser setups, like the one in Reading, MA where they have zero relflectance onto the screen, zero ceiling lights during the show and minimal aisle lighting none of which catches the perhiperhy of your visions while watching the movie.

But again, even as is, still looks pretty cool.

The volume can be way too loud though and some older movies like Close Encounters can have the high frequencies a bit piercing and uncomfortable.

Not sure why IMAX and Dolby insist on over the top audio levels that 100% for sure cause permanent hearing damage if you go to too many showings. So either damage your ears or wear protection and lose a lot of the sound quality.