AMC Rockaway 16

363 Mt. Hope Avenue,
Rockaway, NJ 07866

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AMC Rockaway 16

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Opened on November 17, 2006, this theatre is more advanced than its predecessor, which closed in the fall of 2002 and was replaced by a Best Buy store. A total of nearly 3,500 seats, plus stadium seating, digital surround sound, and all the amenities of the AMC franchise are in this big theatre, which is located right across from Sears and is easily visible from Route 80.

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MGrennille on August 10, 2017 at 6:44 pm

Any update on Dolby Theater opening?

moviebuff82 on August 11, 2017 at 12:40 am

Just got word from Dolby Cinema on FB that any minute this weekend it will open. Maybe in time for Annabelle Creation…

moviebuff82 on August 12, 2017 at 3:41 am

Tomorrow afternoon it opens.

moviebuff82 on August 14, 2017 at 8:30 pm

The next movie to be shown in dolby will be Hitman’s Bodyguard this weekend.

alpinedownhiller on August 26, 2017 at 2:49 am

I took a quick peek at the new Dolby Screen. Just a quick peek and it was some number of days ago already so I may have a few details wrong. It seems to be pretty much wall to wall across in width so perhaps it is somewhere around the width of the IMAX screen here, maybe just as wide. Pretty sure it is not as tall though.

It didn’t seem to have the extreme floor light bleeding issue brightening up the bottom half of the screen that has apparently plagued some of the earlier Dolby Cinema screens to a bad degree, although it does have the EXIT light issues that apparently quite a few of the Dolby Cinema setups have had. The EXIT on the left side casts a clear red glow onto the far left edge of the screen (at least it is a relatively small spot compared to the total screen area, so it’s hardly the worst, but it would be cool if there was some way to somehow baffle the light the EXIT casts in the screen’s direction).

It does have a few blue ceiling lights left on during presentation. I have never been a fan of ever leaving on ceiling lights, although Manville does this too (with regular white lights). And overall I think they maybe keep the auditorium a bit brighter lit than the IMAX screen and much brighter than the laser IMAX up in Reading, MA (which is the darkest stadium seating auditorium I have been in, which is awesome, miss those days when a black screen in a movie lets the auditorium be able to plunge into near or total darkness and it helps make the blacks more intense and the contrast ratio better). That said, my vague impression was that the auditorium and screen black were kept a bit darker than at the Paramus Dolby Cinema, where it really seemed too bright from my one quick peak in. I could be wrong though. Hard to remember everything exactly.

Projection looked crisp and rich (although I still think nothing compares to what I saw at the laser Reading, MA IMAX). Sound quality seemed excellent but could get way too loud, painful, so that sort of nullifies the top notch speakers. But if you can tolerate ultra loud, the audio setup does seem to be top notch, probably better than the (also way too loud) IMAX here and for sure better than any of the other screens here (although since a few are quieter here I still prefer that). Not sure if it is quite as good as the Reading, MA laser IMAX audio (also way too insanenly loud).

I do wish DOlby would allow their auditoriums to get as dark as IMAX at least and as dark as some laser IMAX would be even better. That said it’s (the auditorium lighting during presentation, not talking about projetor brightness at all) probably as dark as any of the other non-IMAX screens here.

I only saw a few dark scenes in Anabelle when I peeked in so can’t say too much about the projection other than it’s probably gonna be better than other screens here but probably not as good as laser IMAX at Reading, MA. (although it is the only screen here that has EXIT sign glow).

It’s too bad DOlby Cinema never seems to show 3D since Dolby CInema 3D is better than regular digital IMAX 3D is better than Real3D is better than regular digital Dolby 3D. So far the best 3D I have seen is IMAX Laser 3D at Reading, MA, just superbly perfect (sadly the laser IMAX 3D in NYC at Lincoln square had something horribly wrong with many of the glasses and the left eye got terribly doubling, still not sure if they have really fixed that or not).

alpinedownhiller on August 26, 2017 at 2:50 am

My wild guess is the new Dolby Cinema screen is 58'-60' wide.

moviebuff82 on August 26, 2017 at 11:50 pm

which is the largest 4k screen in morris county.

alpinedownhiller on August 28, 2017 at 5:23 am

Yeah, probably that is true. Can’t think of any others that would be bigger.

moviebuff82 on August 30, 2017 at 10:43 pm

It’s also the only theater in morris county and northwest jersey to have an atmos sound system which most people can afford to pay for a home theater system and recreate it along with a 4k tv. The next 4k presentation for this theater is Close Encounters 40th anniversary, followed by part one of the It duology the week after. Baby Driver is currently playing in Dolby Cinema. The pilot episodes for Marvel’s Inhumans will be playing in imax this weekend for two weeks before It comes out in imax. My guess is that kingsman 2 will be in dolby and imax with blade runner 2049 next.

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