AMC Rockaway Inner 6/Outer 6

301 Mount Hope Avenue,
Rockaway, NJ 07866

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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on August 30, 2017 at 4:45 pm

40 years ago this weekend the mall was opened. Construction on the inners would take awhile before it finally opened and became the first AMC theater in north jersey to open.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 9, 2017 at 6:34 pm

During the star wars reissue in 1979, the inners had dolby stereo. This reissue featured the teaser trailer to Empire Strikes Back.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 21, 2017 at 2:13 pm

Later this month will be 15 years since the Outers were closed, leaving Rockaway without a a movie theater for more than four years until AMC returned to rockaway big time. I miss those twilight specials.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 8, 2017 at 7:37 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.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on March 16, 2017 at 1:52 pm

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
moviebuff82 on March 12, 2017 at 6:43 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.

rivest266
rivest266 on March 1, 2017 at 2:47 am

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

rivest266
rivest266 on February 27, 2017 at 4:38 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.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 15, 2017 at 3:45 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.

blacknoi
blacknoi on January 31, 2017 at 11:59 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
moviebuff82 on November 22, 2016 at 3:30 pm

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

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on September 4, 2016 at 12:19 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.

alpinedownhiller
alpinedownhiller on May 24, 2016 at 2:11 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.)

alpinedownhiller
alpinedownhiller on May 24, 2016 at 1:55 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 1:47 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.

amcbayplaza13
amcbayplaza13 on February 25, 2016 at 3:18 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

amcbayplaza13
amcbayplaza13 on February 25, 2016 at 3:07 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.

blacknoi
blacknoi on September 10, 2015 at 10:11 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
amcbayplaza13 on May 27, 2015 at 4:17 pm

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

blacknoi
blacknoi on March 6, 2015 at 8:09 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.

blacknoi
blacknoi on February 20, 2015 at 3:04 pm

We had 4 to 6 trailers on each movie, on average. This pic http://tinyurl.com/mzqusm4 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
blacknoi on February 13, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Projectors were the original “Victoria” projectors since the opening in the early 80s. See my pic: http://tinyurl.com/mucgngv 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.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 13, 2015 at 2:19 pm

How about projection and surround sound and food

blacknoi
blacknoi on February 13, 2015 at 2:15 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: http://tinyurl.com/k9k845k ) , 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
moviebuff82 on February 12, 2015 at 1:46 pm

Did the seats get renovated in the years of the opening of the theaters? I like the current seats they’ve used in the sixteen plex especially the guardrails which the old theaters lacked. The advantage of the outers and inners they had more space for disabled people. had the lease been extended for the outers they would’ve gotten luxury seats similar to morristown.