AMC Rockaway Inner 6/Outer 6

301 Mount Hope Avenue,
Rockaway, NJ 07866

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AMC Rockaway Inner 6/Outer 6

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blacknoi
blacknoi on September 10, 2015 at 4:11 pm

Regarding the busiest year, you could make an argument that 1993 with the release of Jurassic Park was the busiest. One of the long-time employees told me that the lines would be huge, wrapping around the stripmall complex all the way down to where the Acme used to be.

I also remember 1995 being very busy with the opening of Braveheart and Batman Forever being huge.

amcbayplaza13
amcbayplaza13 on February 25, 2016 at 9:07 pm

Don’t forget about the terminator 2 opening at this theater , My older sister went to see this movie in 26 years ago , she told me this theater didn’t have an IMAX screen . luckily this place didn’t have an IMAX theater, ETX , Prime theater, stadium seating, reclining seats, dine in, Freestyle soda machine and even an computer digital projection system because the auditorium wasn’t stadium seating

This theater was still original old AMC Multiplex, they did use 35mm film projection system with trailer print on it . Even the concession stand was original and they used to have the original popcorn bag with the mascot on it , until AMC shut down the place in 2002.

amcbayplaza13
amcbayplaza13 on February 25, 2016 at 9:18 pm

Believe me guys this theater wasn’t AMC modernization theater , this theater was an original AMC Theatres with the old seats with cup holders since my childhood

alpinedownhiller
alpinedownhiller on May 24, 2016 at 7:47 pm

From I recall 1983 Return of the Jedi might’ve had the longest lines ever on it’s opening weekend.

Overall I think it was the most crowded when Titanic came out, it was just jammed week after week with lines wrapping way back around behind the theater.

alpinedownhiller
alpinedownhiller on May 24, 2016 at 7:55 pm

@blacknoi – thanks for posting those photos! It’s so rare to see photos from the mall and movie theaters from even just back then even, never mind what the mall looked like back in the 80s, in the age before cellphones.

alpinedownhiller
alpinedownhiller on May 24, 2016 at 8:11 pm

I wish I had photos from inside the mall itself or in a packed auditorium here from the 80s. (I see that there are a ton of videos from Paramus HS from the 80s posted on youtube that show what it looked like in the local HS in Northwestern NJ though at least.)

(I have to say people looked a lot less dingy and grim looking than when you walk around the Rockaway mall today haha. Today, it’s like at least 85% nothing but hipsters, faux gangsters and grunge…. so it’s awfully drab and grim compared to the 80s. In fact, it hasn’t really changed much at all in that regard since the early late 90s, going on almost 20 years now.

The 80s styles held on a long time at Rockaway and I’d say the Rockaway and Willobrook Malls were basically as fully prototypical 80s as any place in the country, I think the mallrat started at these malls and the foot traffic is still at least somewhat relatively decent here still (maybe that’s why when they bring the 80s movies back at the current theater they seem to do way better business here than say at the Paramus AMC despite that being #1 for business theater in the region AFAIK), but I think the colors, styles, big hair and so on finally gave away to grunge and gangster hip-hop even here by around something like ‘95-'97 depending upon what exactly you are talking about. The Rockaway Mall stills gets relatively decent traffic though unlike a lot of other places where the mall culture seems to have totally died out.)

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on September 4, 2016 at 6:19 pm

I agree. Even though most of the mall culture is focused on shopping online, there are a few places that attract these shoppers such as the food court and restaurants as well as the big stores with stuff for people to try out, not to mention a hotel as well as a health pavillion.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on November 22, 2016 at 9:30 pm

Which of the 12 screens were the largest in each complex (6 screens)?

blacknoi
blacknoi on January 31, 2017 at 5:59 pm

Which of the 12 screens were the largest in each complex (6 screens)? <<

The outers (screens 7-12) had 2 screen sizes. Houses 7,8,11,12 were all the same size. But screens 7 and 12 sat 335, 8 and 11 sat 300, and screens 9 and 10 sat 160.

The inners I think had 2 screen sizes but honestly I’m not sure as I worked almost exclusively at the outers. I’m not sure of their seating as well either (only worked box office over there a few times).

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 15, 2017 at 9:45 pm

Did employees have to transfer from the inners to the outers during peak and non peak hours? Must’ve been a drive between the locations. Thankfully when AMC returned to Rockaway they managed it nicely.

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