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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Opened on November 2, 1977 as the AMC Rockaway 6. On February 6, 1981 another 6-screens were added.

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alpinedownhiller on May 24, 2016 at 12:11 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 on September 4, 2016 at 10:19 am

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 on November 22, 2016 at 1:30 pm

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

blacknoi on January 31, 2017 at 9:59 am

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 on February 15, 2017 at 1:45 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.

rivest266 on February 27, 2017 at 2:38 pm

This opened as the AMC Rockaway 6 on November 2nd, 1977. Grand opening ad in the photo section. This marks the entry into the New York City area for AMC.

rivest266 on March 1, 2017 at 12:47 am

12 screens on February 6th, 1981. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

moviebuff82 on March 12, 2017 at 4:43 pm

Back then it was crazy for a 12 screener to be operated by AMC although it was two separate buildings with some movies opening on two or more screens in order to fulfill demand.

moviebuff82 on March 16, 2017 at 11:52 am

The outers had two screens with Dolby Stereo when it opened in 1981. It was also the far superior theater compared to the inners.

moviebuff82 on May 8, 2017 at 5:37 pm

When did Star Wars A New Hope first play at the inners? I know when the outers opened they had a reissue of the original Star Wars in Dolby Stereo followed by Empire before Jedi came out, the latter would be shown again in 1985 before the special editions arrived in 1997 in digital surround sound. By 1998, the inners were closed, so Episode I and II played at the outers to moderate success. The last major blockbuster to play in the outers was Spider-Man before they shut their doors in June nearly 15 years ago. This left North Jersey with the AMC in Clifton Commons, Bridgewater, and Essex Green as the only AMCs in that area, with the AMC Empire 25 the closest and only true AMC theater in the NYC area.

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