AMC Rockaway 16

363 Mount Hope Avenue,
Rockaway, NJ 07866

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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 13, 2016 at 5:55 pm

Just came back from seeing Hail Caesar in auditorium #14. The picture quality was pretty good and the audio was great. I saw not too far from the back wall and could hear the rumblings from the IMAX theater….they need better soundproofing if they were to renovate this place as the 10th anniversary approaches.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 13, 2016 at 5:55 pm

Just came back from seeing Hail Caesar in auditorium #14. The picture quality was pretty good and the audio was great. I saw not too far from the back wall and could hear the rumblings from the IMAX theater….they need better soundproofing if they were to renovate this place as the 10th anniversary approaches.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 10, 2016 at 2:07 pm

Looks like Gods of Egypt won’t be in IMAX according to advance tickets sales leaving Zootopia as the next IMAX release. Deadpool takes over the IMAX as the sole release this weekend. Maybe Batman V Superman will have a laser release.

alpinedownhiller
alpinedownhiller on February 9, 2016 at 8:44 pm

Assuming the late announcement for PIP:30th here doesn’t hurt the sales (with people thinking it’s not showing, not having enough time to realize it is, etc.) it might be crowded. This greater Rockaway area seems to really go for the 80s movies. Sometimes if you don’t pre-order you won’t even get in. Not safe to show up last second and expect to be guaranteed to get into those (so just advice for those used to going to the places where these don’t sell quite as well).

alpinedownhiller
alpinedownhiller on February 9, 2016 at 8:37 pm

I wonder if they fixed the video levels for the Fathom events projector in auditorium 16. Ever since they repaired/replaced it a few months ago, it’s been really crushing the blacks to rather little detail and overall it almost looks like when a 0-255 level signal is shown with levels expansion applied to 0-15 are clipped and 240-255 too almost and it’s not quite filling the screen properly either. It just seems like someone forgot the proper video level toggles or forgot to calibrate it or something. It should be an easy fix, i’d think, if they haven’t already done it.

alpinedownhiller
alpinedownhiller on February 9, 2016 at 8:33 pm

Actually they are showing PIP:30th after all.

Have you heard any talk of them upgrading to Laser 3D IMAX? It would be awesome if they shut down 8 and 9 and combined them into a true giant screen theater, like a nice 85-90' wide screen, how does such a rich, populated area like NJ have nothing like that (sure Lincoln Square, but often can one go through the $$$, hassle, incredible amount of time of NYC just for a movie).

I have to say Laser IMAX on a truly giant screen is an experience beyond belief. It’s so much better than any other visual experience it’s crazy. Much sharper 3D, so much more detail, the colors seem to have way more shades, the 3D is so perfect it’s like you are there with zero ghosting and you can see so many more layers of subtle depth and then combine that with a giant 90' screen. Wow.

The IMAX at Rockaway is good, better than most screens around the region. But those mega-true IMAX Laser 3D auditoriums blow it away 10000x over.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 8, 2016 at 5:04 pm

I think new management ever since Wanda took over AMC a few years ago. The company is in the midst of renovating and upgrading every theater, including this one, with the latest technology. Unlike regular movies, the Fathom events require a live satellite feed, which can be problematic just in case the feed goes down. They also run on 2k projectors which is lower quality and stereo audio than a 4k projector and lossless louder audio. They also never show slides between each showing lately. I’m more excited to see Deadpool this weekend if its any good. I wonder if Star Wars will still run in digital imax if it shares the auditorium with Deadpool. We’ll see on Wednesday. Gods of Egypt will then take over on February 26th before the third Divergent movie arrives. Batman vs Superman will come out in late March after 10 Cloverfield Lane. That movie was partly shot on IMAX.

alpinedownhiller
alpinedownhiller on February 7, 2016 at 3:55 pm

Does anyone know why in the world they are skipping the Pretty In Pink 30th Anniversary release at this theater when the 80s retro stuff always sells out here and does better business here than pretty much anywhere and then they are showing Maltese Falcon when the older retro stuff never seems to sell out here (not that I’m complaining about the latter)? But what on Earth was AMC thinking with their scheduling and why did they make this retro release ultra-limited theaters and then make other stuff that simply won’t sell as well in many areas ultra wide release? All the other Hughes movies and other 80s stuff like BTTF did crazy good business here. Who runs these places and make the decisions?

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on December 17, 2015 at 1:46 pm

I agree with your comment, alpinedownhiller. I’ve seen trailers for movies not coming out in imax shot in flat being shown windowboxed as related to a comment describing the issue while scope trailers span the entire middle of the screen. No masking in the imax screen which is great. Non imax trailers usually get the amc logo and release date along with film logo and rating at the end of each trailer. IMAX trailers usually show the green or red band before the trailer after the crosscheck.

alpinedownhiller
alpinedownhiller on December 16, 2015 at 5:21 pm

Although the sound is usually way too loud in the IMAX theater the picture is usually very nice and bright and rich and nice and crisp (for non-4k). I like the IMAX 3D better than the Real3D. Even the 3D IMAX here is very nice and bright.

alpinedownhiller
alpinedownhiller on December 16, 2015 at 5:16 pm

Ever since the projector for fathom events in #16 broke, all those fathom event movies have had somewhat dim projection with very strong contrast and a little over-saturated and almost zero shadow detail. It almost looks like when some double expands 16-235 video levels instead of single expands since that bumps up saturation, kills shadow detail and boosts contrast a bit. I don’t know that the white clipped though.

alpinedownhiller
alpinedownhiller on December 16, 2015 at 5:11 pm

The Martian in IMAX (when it came to IMAX a second time) was way too loud. The loudest parts either actually bottomed out some of the IMAX speakers or maybe it created some sort of vibration in the entire theater structure since the few loudest parts had some nasty dissonant vibration going on. You could actually hold your ears shut and it was still painfully loud even during some simple dialogue scenes. I don’t know so many theaters crank to 11 these days despite more and more complaints popping up all over.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on December 5, 2015 at 5:32 pm

@thebrat when i went to see Mockingjay Part 2 in Imax the audio was just perfect as opposed to Spectre where it was too loud. Ticket prices went up a few weeks ago but not that much. This place needs a redo soon as some of the seats are worn out.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on October 6, 2015 at 1:38 pm

@alpinedownhiller he was my favorite ticket taker he always enjoyed watching movies for free at the theater. I just saw “Everest” in real d 3d in theater #13 and that screen has 3d separation issues unlike what you see on a 3d tv or even the 3d digital imax screen. The movie was very good and the audio perfect.

alpinedownhiller
alpinedownhiller on October 3, 2015 at 8:09 pm

Wow, a shame to hear what happened to Paul. I was wondering why I never saw him there anymore. He was a longtime staple at this theater.

alpinedownhiller
alpinedownhiller on October 3, 2015 at 8:06 pm

@thebrat – man that is a shame to hear about the misalignment/aberrations at #10. I haven’t seen one in that auditorium since that Disney Bears film, which sadly had fringing. They have the same problem with it’s sister auditorium on the other side #7.

As for the volume though, the last time I was in #10 is was deafeningly too loud (as are most, but not all of the auditoriums here, some seem to change volume every time you go, others are the same for years).

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on September 18, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Tickets for Spectre already on sale, with Hunger Games to follow in October and Star Wars in a few weeks. The Imax is showing Everest a few weeks before it’s on other screens, with The Walk to follow. Jurassic World is still going strong more than three months after it came out..what movies had the longest engagements at this theater since it opened? I think Star Wars will break the record when it opens in 90 days.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on August 16, 2015 at 1:24 pm

they are similiar to the gold and silver passes that AMC used before they print out their new pass system. Gold and silver passes can be used, however. This is due to the contract between AMC and Disney. I still have two movie passes that I can use.

theatrefan
theatrefan on August 15, 2015 at 5:18 pm

moviebuff82, what are the red and green tickets that cannot be used for Disney movies?

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on August 15, 2015 at 1:44 pm

I’m not sure….I know some theaters have better projectors as when I saw Hunger Games Catching Fire and they didn’t have a 3d polarizer in front of the projector. The picture was sharp and full resolution and the surround sound was loud along with the trailers. This was when AMC started to expand the running time of previews to 30 minutes and used their dots campaign. I saw “Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation” in IMAX one week ago on Saturday and for the first time the preshow filled the entire IMAX screen despite running a few minutes late. I saw near the guard rails on the left side of the row above the non stadium seating. The sound was great yet the picture quality was blurry in some action scenes yet some scenes had a film grain look to it. A few days later I saw Minions in one of the smaller theaters in 3D. During the preshow they showed two 3D commercials then a couple of two d trailers before amc again told me and one of my friends to put them on again although we kept wearing them. The 2d image was a bit dark yet clear despite portions of the screen (especially the bottom) cut off due to masking. As for the 3D it was good. The sound was a bit quiet yet clear. AMC needs better soundproofing in their auditoriums…also recently they won’t accept Red and Green tickets for Disney movies but they will accept AMC silver and gold passes. The tuesday I went there, it was packed because it was Stubs Appreciation Day. Morning prices on tickets all day. Also AMC has a strict card policy on younger people for R rated movies.

thebrat
thebrat on August 8, 2015 at 4:39 pm

First visit today for “Shaun the Sheep Movie” at theater 10. The film was a riot but the 8.5-year-old complex could have been maintained better.

The picture appeared to be dull, half-resolution, and problematic with chromatic aberration. The sound wasn’t pleasing for the trailers but the movie was too quiet, Fantastic Four in #9 next door added some unneeded bass and rumble.

After the other patrons left I looked at the port window to find a CHRISTIE unit (unusual for AMC) with a 3D polarizer in front of it. AMC (and other major chains) are generally incompetent with technical maintenance and they are notorious for playing 2D movies through 3D filters. http://tinyurl.com/4xpn5n6 The article is over 4 years old and it still rings true.

A question, is the Christie in #10 4K compatible?

Rutgersgirl
Rutgersgirl on August 5, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Any word on seat replacements? Some of the seats are off their hinges and not comfortable at all

robboehm
robboehm on July 4, 2015 at 11:01 am

When you see a picture of the whole building you think of the temples at Luxor or Karnak

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 21, 2015 at 1:56 pm

As a result lines move quicker as I saw when I went to see Jurassic World in 3d real d. They need to align the lenses better since some scenes had bad 3d. Also there was masking so that the ratio was closer to 1.85 so that trailers and policy ads and preshow were shown that way. The sound mixing was good although I had a hard time listening to the dialogue with kids in the theater.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 10, 2015 at 1:16 pm

AMC removed the cashiers at the box office and replaced it with automatic ticket machines…sign of the times…