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 on February 13, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Going back to your October question: Favorite presentation was for Twister, 1996. All the employees helped out spray paining huge bags of cotton, to make angry looking storm clouds. We got strobe lights for lightning etc. We then stuck the cotton to the opening of the theater (this was theater 12, first door all the way to the right when you came into the lobby). So all the movie goers had to walk through the little storm clouds with flashing lightning. Very cool stuff.

Now did the seats get renovated since the opening? To my knowledge, no. If you look at my pictures (example: ) , the seat colors were kinda 70s' looking and kinda faded. I know there was maintenance done on them (the cup holders would always break off over time) so they were maintained. But in my tenure there from opening day of Braveheart May 1995- closing July 28th 2002, there was never a single large overhaul done to them.

moviebuff82 on February 13, 2015 at 12:19 pm

How about projection and surround sound and food

blacknoi on February 13, 2015 at 1:18 pm

Projectors were the original “Victoria” projectors since the opening in the early 80s. See my pic: The sound systems originally were analog only. Then Sony SDDS (Sony Dynamic Digital Sound) was added at some point (SDDS was in all theaters when I got there in 1995 as far as I can remember).

Then when Saving Private Ryan came out, we had Dolby come in and officially tweak theater 12 for Dolby Digital. So theater 12 had both SDDS and Dolby Digital as digital sound options.

Side note: The inners ONLY ever had analog sound, up until their closing in August of 1998.

Food? The whole lobby was redone right before I got there. This included the concession stand getting completely redone and reconstructed. I was told that they had a temporary concession stand set up immediately to the right in the lobby, where the arcades were in later years….complete with soda lines going across the floor (with a cover over them of course). I never ever went to the outers with its original lobby configuration and color scheme. I’d love it if someone had pictures of that! When I was hired in 95, they had just completed the overhaul into the colors that are pictured in all my pics from near closing in 2002 (the aqua blue, purples, white etc).

The food itself saw changes over the years. I remember the introduction of bottled water (Coca Cola’s Dasani), the change from “Arctic Blast” to “ICEE” frozen drinks. Then I remember when we used to mix the nacho cheese from huge concentrated cheese bags (mixing it with water) and have to portion it into little single serve plastic cups/lids. At one point they then switched to pre-portioned nacho cheese cups. Soft baked pretzels were introduced but they were tough to keep in stock on busy nights cause they took so long to prep / heat. And if you put too much water on them (so the salt would stick) you could ruin a whole tray :/

Bags of candy were always there, but the sizes got slightly smaller over time (but prices stayed the same …grocery shrink ray!).

Popcorn remained a constant. Always free refills on a large.

blacknoi on February 20, 2015 at 1:04 pm

We had 4 to 6 trailers on each movie, on average. This pic shows you the little paper (tacked to the wall next to the little porthole) where we’d write what trailers were on each movie. Note it had up to 6 lines (for up to 6 trailers).

Sometimes there’d be more, but not normally. Sometimes there’d be a movie that came with a mandatory trailer, but usually it was up to us to put on what we wanted, as long as it was age appropriate for the feature presentation it was paired up with.

And even those trailers that came attached to reel 1 of a movie we’d cut off, and splice in our mandated AMC “clip” (remeber him, the old AMC mascot?) “Feature Presentation” intro, as well as a coca cola / AMC cobranded mini-ad for soda.

Fun trivia fact: We’d always cut off the green backgrounded “this movie is approved for all audiences” intro in front of every trailer. This shaved a little time off of each trailer to cut overall run times down a bit.

All in all, we had about 10-12 minutes of previews in front of each movie that started at the shows scheduled start time. As I had mentioned in a previous post, when the “AMC PreShow Countdown” started, it started about 10 minutes PRIOR to the scheduled showtime.

blacknoi on March 6, 2015 at 6:09 am

Trailers had digital sound tracks the same as the feature presentation itself so they sounded just as good.

Restricted or “red band” trailers as they were known (due to the intro “this preview has been approved for mature audiences only” introduction having a read background) would occasionally be played but of course only on R rated movies.

We did it, but 1) we didn’t get many red band trailers and 2) we didn’t always use them when we did.

amcbayplaza13 on May 27, 2015 at 2:17 pm

How many movie they showed the 2002 movie films in this theater 12plex

blacknoi on September 10, 2015 at 8:11 am

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 on February 25, 2016 at 1:07 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 on February 25, 2016 at 1:18 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

hdtv267 on February 26, 2016 at 9:48 am

maybe if some of this effort was put into maybe a description of this theatre to help THE HISTORICAL THEME THIS SITE SHOULD HAVE BEEN following, instead of 144 comments about NOTHING, the bitching just might stop.

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