Mansfield Theater/Cineopolis

12/31/17 Tried to view what movies will playing next weekend, and it appears they will be closed until Feb 8th. Does anyone know what's going on?

USAfirst USAfirst
Dec '17

Hopefully gutting the place and starting over. It's a dump compared to most theaters.


Maybe, just maybe, they realized that viewership was down and to address that & complaints here:

http://www.hackettstownlife.com/forum/823294#t823307

and on their own website, they decided to finally address the upgrades they likely should have made when they first bought the place from Bowtie cinemas.

Phil D. Phil D.
Dec '17

I see tickets available for 12/31 - 1/4, then 1/9 then 2/8. Not sure why it's closed for a few days and open one, then closed a month. But new seats, screens, and sound system would be a start. Although I doubt any of that would make me go more often as I am not into spending a fortune for most movies when I can watch them on my huge TV at home where the snacks are cheaper LOL.


It would take way longer than a month to renovate that dump .Maybe they got shut down for bedbug infestation again ?

realitycheek realitycheek
Dec '17

We can hope. Some of these big companies can do pretty decent size retro-fits in a month.

CraftBeerBob CraftBeerBob
Dec '17

It took over one month for AMC Rockaway to convert theater 9 into a Dolby Atmos theater with a different screen , sound , and electric reclining seats . With the poor sound isolation between theaters . relative age of carpet , seats , and screens maybe they redo 2 tops in a month , while reducing the number of theaters , and do the rest at night to mid-morning . But even that would be a stretch , better to close until summer movie season - early May or even June . Do it once , do it right .

realitycheek realitycheek
Dec '17

i've always seen them update their movie listings on monday mornings.
and i've also heard from 2 people in neighboring stores, that they want the former "buddy's" to enlarge and make improvements...but no one has heard any updates.

terry b terry b
Dec '17

They should expand into the space next door and make larger screen theaters that are AMC quality.

Metsman Metsman
Dec '17

They should , but will they ?

97XBAM 97XBAM
Jan '18

They are like the AMC theaters in Rockaway....the old ones

Bug3
Jan '18

I was just at cineopolis and they are not closing and not remodeling. They are waiting to find out what movies they are getting before they post them.


Totally agree with Scottso. Haven't gone to this theater in years. Regal in Phillipsburg is much nicer and has a rewards program.

Nature Nature
Jan '18

A look at Thursday's listing, shows the Succasunna theater with the same odd time and date listings. Was planning a visit on Tues, but the post on bed bugs really shook me. Is that true??

USAfirst USAfirst
Jan '18

Have been there with friends twice recently - no problems - comfortable seats - good quality picture and sound -- saw 3 billboards - and lady bird - no complaints

4catmom 4catmom
Jan '18

The theater is understaffed.
Went yesterday and when the movie didn't start I told the staff and was told I have to wait due to the fact she was selling concessions and tickets to other customers. Another man went out later and was told the same thing.
All told , it was 20 minutes before the movie started.


Go to Succasunna, its much better cleaner and friendlier. They also don't do a TSA like bag check because god for bid you have piece of candy.

Lt. Hawk Lt. Hawk
Mar '18

That theater is never busy, so of course they won't staff it properly. They should just gut it and expand into the space next door and make better screens and seating. I'd rather drive to Rockaway than see a movie there.

Metsman Metsman
Mar '18

i get that they severely frown upon outside food at theaters because they really make their money on the concessions but to go so far as to inspect your coat/purse to check if you're smuggling in outside candy is a little extreme.


Disappointing that they haven’t done anything to renovate and improve the place to match what they offer in other locations.

D-ManPV D-ManPV
Mar '18

Just pack snacks in bags and put them on your person. Thank a only works when you’re wearing a coat:)

Blackcat Blackcat
Mar '18

I remember when it was busy, especially on weekends. What do you think happened? Just simply fewer people going to see movies? Netflix & On Demand taking a big chunk?

Most movies suck nowadays? LOL

JeffersonRepub JeffersonRepub
Mar '18

Yup. All of the above. With so many ways to view movies like Netflix, HBO, etc.... Plus the fact everyone has huge TV screens at home, why leave the house to pay too much money for a theater full of people who won't stop talking or get off their phones?
That and the movies this past year were (with a few exceptions) terrible. It's like Hollywood has hit "peak idea" and has no fresh stuff...just remaking older films or coming out with sequels and every conceivable superhero they can dig up. Sad.

That said, l will go to see "Isle of Dogs".
Any time Wes Anderson comes out with a film is a cause for celebration.

Eperot Eperot
Mar '18

Can’t wait for that one also^

Sometimes there is a movie we just want to see at the movies but most of the time we’ll just fork over the $5.99 for an OnDemand movie since that’s a heck of a lot cheaper than 3 tix and popcorn, because, we have to have popcorn.

Blackcat Blackcat
Mar '18

Do they really check your bags?? I don't understand why they stopped advertising on the board outside........too lazy to do it? That was a visual reminder of what was there and we honestly went spur of the moment that way. Calling or looking online for what is playing isn't going to happen with us anyway.

Worried Worried
Mar '18

^ Movies are now displayed again on the board.

D-ManPV D-ManPV
Mar '18

Ya know, it's funny. I wouldn't mind paying more for a movie, but the floors are still sticky, most often, the places still look like a dump, and the seats are still uncomfortable. Soooo, not interested. lol

Lenny Lenny
Mar '18

This place is a true fire hazard!
The last time we were there, the guide seating handlebars were about 2 feet or less feet from where we were seated...

If the place ever has a fire, we would be trampled and left to burn.


AJMS -- not sure what you mean -- but if you really think the building is not up to code you should notify the proper authority about this.

happiest girl
Mar '18

Ya, they actually did check my bag one time. I was really shocked. I had a bottle of water, they made me take it outside. I guess that was so I could pay $3-4.00 for a bottle at their concession.


I'd tell them to piss off. What right do they have to go in your purse....

Metsman Metsman
Mar '18

@ Metsman they have every right to inspect any bag coming into their building. It is posted. Just as they search bags going into Citi Field, Yankee Stadium, Great Adventure and Dorney Park. It all started after the shootings in Aurora.

irishresq irishresq
Mar '18

Metsman, have you gone to any sporting event, concert or amusement park in the last 15 years? Bag checks are everywhere.

ianimal ianimal
Mar '18

Sorry but that's nonsense. Especially at a theater where you have an average of 10 people in a movie. What's next a bag checker at the entrance of Shoprite...

Ianimal, You're comparing apples to oranges. Those places have thousands of people.

Metsman Metsman
Mar '18

I've never seen anyone check bags at AMC. They're just doing it at Cinepolis because they don't make any money there.

Metsman Metsman
Mar '18

They check the bags at the Regal in Phillipsburg and we have had our bags checked at the AMC in Rockaway

irishresq irishresq
Mar '18

The only thing the number of people in attendance changes is the number of people you need checking bags. The "threat" is exactly the same. People try to smuggle alcohol into movies just like they do sporting events. I don't think Shoprite has to worry about that. They would be more concerned about checking bags on the way out...

ianimal ianimal
Mar '18

irishresq then I guess I need to teach you how to properly smuggle food and drink in. Pockets are the way to go... Works every time.

Metsman Metsman
Mar '18

ianimal by threat I assume you mean gun. A busy day at Shoprite will produce more casualties than the busiest day at Cinepolis.

Metsman Metsman
Mar '18

Re: Mansfield Theater/Cineopolis

Went to the movies this morning. When we walked in the theater the smell was terrible. We went to go sit down and realized there was mold all over the seats.
When we told Management the response was, “yes we will clean it and aren’t overly concerned.” Absolutely disgusting!

LivingLifeLovingLife LivingLifeLovingLife
Sep '18

Yea um... I would call the health department. That is ridiculous...

Metsman Metsman
Sep '18

Worst theater on the planet. I would never go there again. Never thought I'd miss an AMC theater.


Call the Warren county board of health and report this.

Harris Harris
Sep '18

oh wow. It's sure gone downhill....

JeffersonRepub JeffersonRepub
Sep '18

Schools are closed for mold. With kids goingt to the movies the theater should also be closed by twp or county until the problem is fixed.

OnTheEdge OnTheEdge
Sep '18

Should definitely contact the Warren County Health Department.

(908) 475-7960

JrzyGirl88 JrzyGirl88
Sep '18

Thank you for that number. Placed a call with them. Hopefully they close it down and fix the problem.

LivingLifeLovingLife LivingLifeLovingLife
Sep '18

Don't think that's the real problem. The real problem is figuring out how to get a viable movie franchise in there. Either we can't support one with our attendance or we keep getting people cutting corners for extra bucks.

I stopped going because of the quality. Worth travelling the extra miles to avoid the problems.

strangerdanger strangerdanger
Sep '18

That's mold? Gosh, it looks like someone ate a dozen powdered donuts and wiped their hands and face all over the seats. Good lord, that's horrific. So, did you stay for the movie?


They are currently renovating in order to get rid of the problem.

NJMom
Sep '18

GOOD to hear they're renovating! I love having a theater in town. But it's not something that should stay "all original"... It was pretty bad last time I was there, smelled mildewy, and it's been almost a year bc I was so put off... oh and movies have sucked lately.

somechik somechik
Sep '18

Especially The Last Jedi.....

Metsman Metsman
Sep '18

Strangerdanger- I agree. A great place to see a movie in town would be awesome. I do hope someone else comes in and takes over.
MYD- No way we didn’t stay for the movie. Could barely breath in there let alone sit in those nasty seats.
We told the one employee before seeing the manager and he said..”oh yeah that’s all over theater 14 as wel,l we just don’t let people in that one.” Crazy!!!

LivingLifeLovingLife LivingLifeLovingLife
Sep '18

Alot of rain this year for a flat roof building, maybe they got water in there on the seats


I heard from management there that they are going to do a massive remodel within the next 6 months....hope it's true!

Mindfulness Mindfulness
Sep '18

Mold ? Now Larry , his brother Darryl , and his other brother Darryl won't be able stay away from that theater ! I guess shutting off the AC in theaters not being used during a humid rainy summer isn't a good idea ? That theater should follow the moldel ...err I mean model of Cinemark Stroud Mall . Cut the theater count down to ten so they can show movies at an acceptable volume (LOUDER) and increase screen size , leg room , and eliminate carpet/ventilation from the standards(threadbare carpets/malfunctioning noisy AC) that existed in Atlantic City at the Boardwalk Convention Hall during the 1964 Democratic Convention. Probably won't happen , but AMC Rockaway , Cinemark Stroud Mall , and even Cinecrapolis Succasunna and Regal Pohat are within reasonable driving distances for the half dozen or so movies worth seeing in a theater each year .

97XBAM 97XBAM
Sep '18

I heard they will close in the next 6 months or so..if they make it that long

Bug3
Sep '18

Tried arranging a birthday party there last year.. Left message after message.. No return call.. When i finally did get someone on the phone they were extremely rude.. Wouldn't spend one penny there..

Samiam Samiam
Sep '18

Have the conditions of the theater improved? Mold and smell gone? Would like to know before I go.

Tim01 Tim01
Oct '18

Even if the mold is gone who cares. The theaters suck.

Metsman Metsman
Oct '18

Agree take your money and see whatever elsewhere. It isn't like that theater is less money to see the same movie. I'm so used to taking my money outside of our town.


I think it's actually slightly more to see a movie there than at AMC. That is a joke...

Metsman Metsman
Oct '18

I recently went to the Succasunna Cineopolis & that was a nice theatre.


AMC Rockaway is our go to theater
and if you can, Tuesday is discount day

4catmom 4catmom
Oct '18

Recent visit Staff was so rude. Theatres are very dirty. Half the seats are ALWAYS broken with caution tape around them. AMC isn't a far drive. Or right to ledgewood. Anywhere but hackettstown and that's a shame but we will not go back there again.

Allamuchy2018 Allamuchy2018
Oct '18

I went today. Theater had a slight musty odor that was tolerable. 3 random seats mangled and broken all wrapped with yellow caution tape. How does this happen! More importantly why are they not immediately fixed! Sad condition. Sadly not what it used to be.

Cassie Cassie
Oct '18

I imagine it's happening because the place is going broke. The owner probably dumped too much money into the place and is tied to a lease, but it's not making enough profit, so now it's a matter of going bankrupt or slowly trying to turn the place around. It's the same thing you have seen with many other businesses, around town. And then suddenly the place is vacant, and somebody starts a post about "Did such-and-such close?" or "What's going to open in place of such-and-such?"

Personally, I'm guessing that somebody invested a lot, in that theater, expected it to be really popular and make a lot of money. But then Netflix happened. . . .

JerseyWolf JerseyWolf
Oct '18

JW - it's owned by a decent size corporation.

CraftBeerBob CraftBeerBob
Oct '18

Well this inspired me to find somewhere to complain - always worth a try - so so sharing: https://cinepolisusa.com/contact-us

4catmom 4catmom
Oct '18

^ Was at the Parsippany location for a work event a couple weeks ago, and the theatre we were in was a dump.

D-ManPV D-ManPV
Oct '18

Please don't let my message to cinepolis link above be the only one from here - otherwise we are, as my dad used to say, just talking to eachother...

4catmom 4catmom
Oct '18

Whoops tried to edit my last post one time too many and it got lost in the sauce . Anyhow if the first theater Cineopolis bought in Parsippany didn't get renovated then there's not much hope for Mansfield . I'll repost the links that got deleted .

https://www.amctheatres.com/ticket-tuesday

https://www.dailyrecord.com/story/news/2017/01/05/luxury-makeover-parsippany-multiplex/96210054/

https://www.cinemark.com/pennsylvania/cinemark-stroud-mall-and-xd

97XBAM 97XBAM
Oct '18

I wrote a review ... they should just close the theater it is a dump !!!

LibertyThinker LibertyThinker
Oct '18

I wrote to them and here is their reply:

Thank you for contacting CinepolisUSA Guest Services,

We are in receipt of your recent concerns and candid feedback. We further apologize that your visit was less than pleasant and will work hard to create a positive and lasting impression.
The cinema is expected to undergo an extensive and well planned remodel in the coming months that is sure to provide the type of service and experience you deserve. Plans are being finalized and we believe the new look and feel will be consistent with your expectations. I would like to extend a pair of complimentary passes to you that you can use now or when this new renovation has been completed. Your business is valuable to us, and we will work to be the premier choice for your entertainment needs.

Sincerely,

Jon Sisco
Regional Manager - Northeast Region

Reggie Voter Reggie Voter
Oct '18

I would take those passes and use them at Cineopolis Succasunna , which had a minor remodel in winter 2005 . No one wants to go to a broken down theater and when that place closes dollars to donuts it won't reopen unless another chain buys it .

97XBAM 97XBAM
Oct '18

The problem is the theaters in Succasunna, Parsippany, and Mansfield were run by a mom and pop type owner back in the 90's. Clearview bought them out in 1997, then Bowties, now Cinepolis. None have made the needed upgrades to todays standard which AMC and others currently provide. The Mansfield theater especially should be gutted and expanded to the empty space next door with bigger screens and state of the art sound along with proper stadium seating.

Metsman Metsman
Oct '18

An extensive remodel would be nice , but unlikely since it's going on 3 years of neglect . I just realized I've been spelling it wrong with an extra o when it's Cinepolis with the punctuation mark over the e . Never really looked at their sign closely I guess . I do remember how they put a tarp over the Bowtie sign when they first took over , thought they closed at first .

97XBAM 97XBAM
Oct '18

Honestly I don't believe the area can sustain the new model for theaters. It will likely see a new tenant.


Thank you for contacting CinepolisUSA Guest Services

We are in receipt of your comments and appreciate your continued business. We regret any past pledges or promises to retrofit your local cinema and apologize for letting you down.
At this time, we are pleased to announce that our design and construction teams have begun the task of composing plans that will translate into a remodeled location slated to begin during the first quarter of 2019.
Again, we appreciate your interest in seeing this location flourish, and to that we plan to deliver on your expectations.

Sincerely,
Jon Sisco
Regional Manager - Northeast

Sincerely,

Cinepolis USA Guest Services

4catmom 4catmom
Oct '18

Cleo what do you mean? There are plenty of people in the area that would go to a modern theater here instead of driving to Rockaway.

Metsman Metsman
Oct '18

Metsman..do you remember the original AMC Rockaway theaters?

Bug3
Oct '18

Why would I drive all the way to Rockaway, if I have a theater 5 minutes from my house? No matter how much newer and fancier Rockaway is, my time and convenience is WAY more important to me. The moldy seats others have posted and the mildewy smell I personally experienced last time I went there (a yearish ago) are enough to keep me away and the next movie we see will be somewhere else until the renovations are completed here. But once they're done, I'll be SO happy to have our theater back!

somechik somechik
Oct '18

Bug3 yes I do. They were dumps. They were smart and built something brand new.

Metsman Metsman
Oct '18

Someone should pass this link on to management! LOL

New seats.


https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/536677206832856


Is the remodeling rumor true?

Bug3
Jan '19

We will only go to Rockaway - for comfortable seats - huge screen - great sound- too loud during previews that go on forever - It's not far - Tuesday is bargain day -
I did write to Cineopolis Corporate about the condition of the theater and heard back from them. Maybe a few more should contact them.

4catmom 4catmom
Jan '19

"I did write to Cineopolis Corporate about the condition of the theater and heard back from them. Maybe a few more should contact them."

It's a business decision. Taxes,low volume of customers, complaints from customers, etc.

Either it's profitable or it's not. If not, the complaints will just accelerate the demise of the theater. Why keep paying, losing money, and dealing with complaints?

Time will tell.

dodgebaal dodgebaal
Jan '19

I was there last week and the staff told me they are making it a dine in theatre!!

Ellen Ellen
Jan '19

After visiting an AMC theater in Morristown and East Hanover recently I can't imagine this place would even bother to open its doors. In fact going to an AMC theater at an "off" time has ticket prices under $10. That includes reserved seating in a large, comfortable reclining seat in a clean well operated theater.


I emailed and sent pictures to corporate last April. They issued me free tickets, but I highly doubt they will do anything. I remember when i was a little kid and the theater opened...and it's still the same seats... just 3 different names...same thing goes for the carpets.

The crazy thing is, I remember Starplex cinemas (these were out in New Brunswick and Saddle brook areas and have now been bought out by AMC) would have a 6 dollar flat rate for tickets, and they had reclining seats and all that (still do offer those ticket prices)...I think that would drive more people to the theater here...because at the moment I will rather watch something at home on TV right now than go to Cinepolis and deal with their conditions....maybe I have just gotten spoiled by reclining seats in other theaters....

gzellf gzellf
Jan '19

"In fact going to an AMC theater at an "off" time has ticket prices under $10. That includes reserved seating in a large, comfortable reclining seat in a clean well operated theater."

Greg,
With taxes, insurance, etc , it should be interesting to see how long this model holds up. I could be wrong, I suspect less theaters in the future, nicer, busier areas only. You need to keep the seats full to profit, just like an airplane.

This theater is a significant distance from Rockaway, Morristown, and East Hanover. There is income in the area that can travel from east to west which has less traffic.
Ellen was told they are planning to make it a dine in. If so, it could improve dramatically. Long term, I still believe that theaters will decrease but not be eliminated entirely.

dodgebaal dodgebaal
Jan '19

For Christmas, I got my son a gift card to the AMC Fork and Screen in Bridgewater to bring his friend. We chose a 12/27 10 AM showing of Spiderman. Tickets were 6.99 a piece probably due to the matinee. The food and drink we ate around lunch was comparable to an applebees or friday's. The boys loved the lounge style seats and the waitress service. They kept getting drink refills!

Don't want to deal with Cineopolis again. It's a shame because there are no close theatres for us that are any good! Gotta go to Rockaway/Bridgewater/Morristown for a decent experience.


Was at Rockaway 16 today -- place is huge. Nice theatre, a good experience.
Self-serve stations for soda / slushee, and butter for your popcorn. (or whatever that stuff is .... LOL)
[ Mary Queen of Scots ....... excellent film, highly recommend. ]

happiest girl
Jan '19

There's a large dumpster in the parking lot near where the regular trash is for the theater, are they really finally renovating!?
I've been saying for years that they would be so much better off if they renovated and matched the quality of Amc. I haven't been to a movie in a long time (mostly because I'm working a lot) but whenever I do think about going I end up changing my mind because of the drive to Rockaway.

Thecatsmeow Thecatsmeow
Jan '19

We went to the theatres in Phillipsburg about a month ago (because we won't go to Cineopolis due to their state of disrepair and filthiness), and it's quite nice. It's funny tho, we went on a wed night, and it was BARREN. No ticket box person, just 1 or 2 "popcorn people" and 1 manager, and when we left, most of the lights were off! It was like they all went home already and someone was "coming back later to lock up" LOL

JeffersonRepub JeffersonRepub
Jan '19

Drove by the backside of Cinepolis yesterday, workers were removing seats and putting in the dumpster. Fingers crossed updating the theatre.

Outsider Outsider
Jan '19

Roxbury movie theaters are less expensive to get a ticket than Rockaway especially, and Mansfield.

Hackresident Hackresident
Jan '19

I sent an email to Cinepolis through their website and received this response back....

Currently we are waiting on a definite start date for renovations to begin at Mansfield, but it is in the works.

jpb3302 jpb3302
Jan '19

In other words they said don't hold your breath . Too bad , a nicely renovated theater googleplex close by would have been sweet . And Cinepolis Succasunna (Roxbury) is only cheaper than AMC Rockaway when you don't consider 5 dollar Tuesdays at AMC (with free Stubs Insider membership) and before noon matinee prices which are $6.47 . Like most theaters it depends on when you go and the day you go .

97XBAM 97XBAM
Jan '19

AMC stock is not doing well. Giving away $6.47 tickets is not helping either. It's a dead industry. I guess if Cinepolis feels like renovating go ahead, after knowing that their primary profit is on concessions, and so many on this website talk about sneaking in food- if that is your primary profit, why bother?

https://www.fool.com/investing/2018/02/28/why-i-will-never-buy-amc-entertainment-holdings-st.aspx

dodgebaal dodgebaal
Jan '19

Read the bio on the right , the author of fool.com is kind of a nutjob with an agenda -big surprise there ! But even that nut says Cinemark is doing well and I favor that theater over AMC for it's even lower prices and tall(no heads in your way in front of you unless they are pro basketball players) lean back and sleep seats . Cinemark Stroud Mall for example . Their XD theater is much less costly than AMC's IMAX , with early bird first show pricing , senior Mondays , and discount Tuesdays . If any theater chain ever took over Cinecrapolis , I would hope it would be Cinemark :)

https://www.cinemark.com/theatre-1061?showDate=01/22/2019

97XBAM 97XBAM
Jan '19

97x ,
The author does not matter, you can just google the stock and get the same result.
Never been to Stroud, maybe I will make the trip just for fun.
I would expect Pa to be cheaper anyway. The design has me interested, however.

dodgebaal dodgebaal
Jan '19

You should go to either of the AMC IMAX/Dolby theaters (theaters 8&9) at Rockaway Mall at least once to experience the balcony accessed by the top exits(connecting the two theaters) that overlook the lobby and parking lot through the glass front windows . Up there is a private bathroom , elevator access for handicapped to reach top row seats , and a back stairwell for fire egress . It gives the impression of a modern movie palace and is probably even more spectacular at night although I've never seen it at night since I only go to the matinee . The Dolby theater has electric reclining seats with a flat control panel(like a hospital bed) to recline and raise the footrest .Seats for both theaters are by reserve only , but they swivel the screen towards you at the counter so you can pick em there ;)

Going to the Stroud Mall is like time tripping back to the 1980s to a small mall with a food court , small bookstore , and a FYE cd/dvd store .Seats in the theater are the best I've ever sat in - plenty of legroom , tall/vinyl/leatherette or whatever with a head pad .It's easy to drift off to sleep in them during a boring movie even when surrounded by people and you never have to worry about blocking someone's view if you are tall .

97XBAM 97XBAM
Jan '19

The theater is now closed as of Sunday night 3/3 and will reopen in the summer after major renovations are completed as per their website.

Superchefsgirl Superchefsgirl
March 4th

Hope they're gutting the entire place... It's stuck in the 90's.

Metsman Metsman
March 5th

The website also says this:

REOPENING SUMMER 2019
We are TEMPORARILY CLOSED for renovations while we enhance our moviegoing experience. We are excited to provide a refreshed concept to our guests this Summer. Our refreshed new look will include reclining leather seats, a full new kitchen and more. Updates and details on our renovation will be provided here.

I look forward to the much needed improvements.

Smilingbecs Smilingbecs
March 5th

Is there a movie theater in washington any more?


None in Washington. Next closest that direction is Phillipsburg, and it's a nice theatre.

JeffersonRepub JeffersonRepub
March 5th

No, the Washington Theater at the corner of 31 and 57 has been closed for quite some time and the place looks like it needs renovation. Last movie I saw there was Toy Story.

Andy Loigu Andy Loigu
March 5th

Gotta go to Roxbury or Rockaway now.


If popcorn costs &20 a bucket, what’s a full kitchen meal gonna take: a mortgage?

StrangerDanger StrangerDanger
March 5th

Put in multiple Dolby theaters with the motorized reclining chairs and upgraded screens/audio. That will get me to go there. If you can fit in an IMAX screen, I'm good too.

If they don't have either or something better, then forget it.

emaxxman emaxxman
March 5th

Hmmm. With all these improvements, maybe some of our local kids can get some part time jobs!


I saw them taking tons of sheetrock into the theater around noon today.

Mom with kids Mom with kids
March 5th

A picture is on the website . With dining trays , recliners , individual lamps , it might be 50 bucks apiece for one movie and some food. Wonder if they'll have a liquor license ? Once you start that though count on missing parts of the movie for bathroom breaks . Been a long time since the Ledgewood drive - in , but the movies were shorter then and often were double features with built in breaks in between . I read the next Avengers movie is so long they are thinking of having an intermission .

https://cinepolisusa.com/locations/mansfield

97XBAM 97XBAM
March 5th

I guess this is the trend. I went to one of these theaters in Bridgewater. Tickets will be more expensive, the food is expensive, and very distracting with people bringing food in, and more talking. I like going to the movies, but this is a reason for me not to go.


"If popcorn costs &20 a bucket, what’s a full kitchen meal gonna take: a mortgage?"

HAHAHAHAHA!!! Perfect!!


Bridgeater has these "dining" theaters already. Denis described the experience perfectly.... not sure Hackettstown can financially support such a venture... because it IS expensive. The food prices are at least as much (and I think higher than) places such as Chili's, and the food is NOT as good.

The one time those kinds of theaters are kind of cool- when you are taking KIDS, to a KIDs movie: because they are more than entertained, filed with sugar (they have DESSERTS too), and the adult doesn't care if they are distracted from the movie.

I know there's "inflation", and I know "things only get more expensive", but seriously.... $12 a ticket, and the XL popcorn "value meal" is only $2 more than the smallest value meal... for 2 gallons of popcorn and half a gallon of soda, LOL.... you can see a minor league baseball game for less money, and there 2 WHOLE TEAMS to pay, PLUS everyone involved in running them....

I hate sounding like the "get off my lawn!" guy, but am I right or am I right?

JeffersonRepub JeffersonRepub
March 6th

Denis, I believe they need to do this to survive. They can't just survive on cheap tickets anymore. Question is can they survive in Warren County, maybe...


Stop with the Warren County thing. People will bring their kids to the movies and spend the money if it is nice! Long Valley and Mount Olive are also both within short driving distance and if it is done up nice, people will spend!

I have traveled 40 minutes to the fork and screen because the experience was great!


You can still just SEE a movie. You aren't forced to eat there too.... and yes, this is a good area with not many nearby options for people.

Go or don't
March 6th

If I'm going to see a movie and NOT eat... I certainly don't want to be surrounded by people who ARE.

Personally, I prefer taking the 40 minute drive to Becky's Drive-in... grab some food and beverages on the way, lay down a blanket and some lawn chairs, the kids have a blast and its relatively cheap.

ianimal ianimal
March 6th

...or you could just watch movies on a large screen at home via your favorite streaming service. No one is making you go to a movie theater.

YeahRight YeahRight
March 6th

Honestly, with all the crap Hollywood has turned out, the high prices, annoying people, I'm surprised movie going hasn't died out all together. I see maybe 1 movie in a theater every 3 years or so. And when I'm done I wonder why I just didn't wait and rent/buy it.


I agree with Steve, remember when theaters and screens where huge, they are barely half the size, some not even that.

Roywhite Roywhite
March 6th

I love going to the dine-in theaters. It's really not as disruptive and you may think. I'm looking forward to having a nice theater in town.

Smilingbecs Smilingbecs
March 6th

I doubt if every single theater in that googleplex is going to equipped for dinner . Some movies aren't worth a bag of stale Cheetos and half a cup of flat soda ! A large screen IMAX or XD theater with premium sound would sell it better anyway than extra wide seats and a constant conga line of food .

97XBAM 97XBAM
March 6th

Dine in theaters are an old concept. I had a beer and a burger at a Drafthouse theater in Texas in 2008. As usual NJ is behind everywhere else. I saw 2 weeks ago that they are building a new Cinemark theater at the Willowbrook Mall.

Metsman Metsman
March 6th

Does this really work??You're trying to watch a movie and plates and glasses clinking around you and servers standing in your way. Can't see the movie. Hmm.....

Botheredbyuu2 Botheredbyuu2
March 6th

Movies pretty much have always had hot dogs . The Ledgewood drive in also had dried up hamburgers and Flavos .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLfVBhfMNpk

97XBAM 97XBAM
March 6th

Dad,
Sarah and I would like to go to the movies. 80.00 should do it.
Love you dad,
Keri

callitlikeIseeit callitlikeIseeit
March 6th

I am looking forward to this. Good to see an investment being made here. It's a positive story, even if the experience is not your thing.

CraftBeerBob CraftBeerBob
March 6th

Hey, if the food is good and $80 keeps the riff-raff and Iman’s kids away ;-) then I am all in. But if its $5 grey water dogs, not so much.

Anyone know if these places have good food and how to get mustard stains off leather :-)

StrangerDanger StrangerDanger
March 6th

This theater had one left.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Nwd6gztJTd8

kb2755 kb2755
March 6th

It looks like more of a restaurant/bar with tiny movie screens smaller than the old ones currently in there . The huge tv in the lobby might be a good place to catch a game though .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiIUIpDcxOs

97XBAM 97XBAM
March 6th

Re: Mansfield Theater/Cineopolis

The restored Kings theater in Brooklyn where I used to go to movies as a kid. Now that's a theater!


Denis, that reminds me of the Paradise in the Bronx. It was a theatre to behold.
As a child I was most impressed with the stars in the ceiling and the huge marble water fountains.

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/900

happiest girl
March 6th

Denis

I can really appreciate that theater! I attended concerts at the Ritz Theater in Elizabeth back in the 80's. While it was in some disrepair, the details in the architecture gave many hints to what it looked like in its heyday! I love old places like that which have been restored to their former glory and reused or repurposed to highlight their original grandeur!

Phil D. Phil D.
March 6th

"Dad,
Sarah and I would like to go to the movies. 80.00 should do it.
Love you dad,
Keri"


Yes, that's about right.

JeffersonRepub JeffersonRepub
March 7th

Phil D

You want the JAMESWAY movie experience?


I saw Star Trek I in one of those the might after it’s premier there. Made a tolerable movie great. Even the excruciating Enterprise flyby scene. Later, the same house made Marx Bro’s like no Bro’s I had ever seen.

Just couldn’t charge enough for those few seats to make a go of it.

StrangerDanger StrangerDanger
March 7th

Re: Mansfield Theater/Cineopolis

I lived in Tampa for a while. If you ever want to see a beautiful theater, the Tampa Theater is really something.

thomasnj thomasnj
March 7th

Hackettstown has supported James on Main and Paladar along with the surrounding area supporting places like Mattars. There are people driving luxury cars/SUVs and big expensive pickup trucks. Homes in neighboring towns average 400K+. The senior parking lot at the HS has cars nicer than the teachers.

How much does 3 beers cost at Beas, Taphouse or the microbrews?

If you don't think a movie is worth the cost, that's fine and dandy. Let's stop acting like people in this area are destitute. I bet there are more people than you think driving to Rockaway's AMC.

emaxxman emaxxman
March 7th

I drive to Rockaway. so if they rebuild it into a nice theater here, I'd gladly go.

Metsman Metsman
March 7th

Well in THAT case, why hasn't a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods or Wegman's moved in? We've got the space (especially for the first 2)... and apparently everyone here thinks the area has the money...

...I'm betting it's because their research has implied to them otherwise.

I'll be happy to have a CLEAN movie theatre in town again. But I'm about at my limit for ticket prices, so if they go up to pay for the new install (like OMG Burger did), I doubt I'll be going. And I can certainly afford it, but that's not the point. The free market will make the decision if it survives. Interesting the last 3 iterations apparently could NOT...

JeffersonRepub JeffersonRepub
March 7th

"Does this really work??You're trying to watch a movie and plates and glasses clinking around you and servers standing in your way. Can't see the movie. Hmm...."

"Anyone know if these places have good food and how to get mustard stains off leather :-)"

I've been to three or four of these types of places over the years. (As someone mentioned, they are not new. There was a place called "Cinema & Drafthouse" in Charlotte, NC in the early/mid '80s when I was in college.) In my limited experience, the staff generally does a pretty good job of being as unobtrusive as possible. They try to get all the ordering and delivery done early on, so they're not milling around during the bulk of the showing. The food quality is pretty much what you might expect: it's passable, but you're not going to find yourself thinking, "Is anything good playing at the Cineopolis? I'm craving one of their ::insert food item here:: !"


Got it, thanks monty. Appreciated.

StrangerDanger StrangerDanger
March 7th

@Jefferson, because whole foods puts stores where there are a *lot* of college students, which comprise most of their employees.

3wbdwnj 3wbdwnj
March 7th

Denis, I went on many dates to that theater. An amazing ornate beautiful place. I specifically remember seeing Funny Girl and Tora Tora there. Barbra Streisand went to Erasmus High near there so it was fitting to see Funny Girl there. Many of the Brooklyn theaters were really beautiful. Now they are either closed, demolished or subdivided into smaller theaters where there is no character or history. I also went to some Rock 'n Roll shows at the Brookkyn Fox and Brooklyn Paramount Theaters. Great memories.

justwondering justwondering
March 7th

Nice to hear that many others remember the beautiful old theaters, and yes @Phildd nothing better than seeing an old beautiful building saved from demolition, and restored. @justwondering what part of Brooklyn did you live in? I grew up in Brooklyn Heights and Bensonhurst.


Denis, I grew up in the Sunset Park area, near Greenwood Cemetary. After marrying - Bensonhurst too. Across the street from New Utrecht HS.

justwondering justwondering
March 7th

No one has mentioned the fact that they have not had a" really GOOD movie" more than twice a year !!
Geeno

Eugene. Dauch,Sr. Eugene. Dauch,Sr.
March 7th

why hasn't a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods or Wegman's moved in?

Because it's a different business model. Those stores thrive on the need for the majority of your grocery needs to be fulfilled by them. They need to offer something really special for people to spend 2x or 3x their Shoprite budget for relatively the same goods. That could be hundreds more per month for a family.

With a movie and a family of four, the cost difference between $8 and $12 tickets is $32 for 2 movies per month. That's not significant if you consider it an afternoon or night out.

Regarding the last 2 owners, did the experience improve in anyway? My understanding is that the costs went up and nothing improved. I could walk to that theater and drove to Rockaway instead because the experience was better.

I do understand your point about everyone having a price point where it's not worth it to them. I know people who never spend extra for the IMAX ticket because it's not worth it to them. For me, I only go to movies where the big IMAX screen adds to the experience. For everything else, I'll watch it at home.

emaxxman emaxxman
March 7th

Bug3

You Buggin' right? I guess you didn't see that I was responding to Denis, two posts above mine where he was writing about the restored King's Theater in Brooklyn? Maybe you just read my first line and thought I meant I really appreciate the current Cinepolis Mansfield Theater? You too funny!

Perhaps you also missed that I loved OLD restored buildings and architecture like the King's Theater and the Ritz Theater in Elizabeth, NJ:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ritz_Theatre_(Elizabeth,_New_Jersey)

https://www.goelizabethnj.com/listing/ritz-theater/470/

I saw Al DiMeola three times at the Ritz, once as a solo act. Another time as part of the "Guitar Trio", consisting of him, Paco Delucia (RIP) and John McLaughlin (of "Mahavishnu Orchestra" and "Shakti" fame with Steve Lynch opening and joining them for the 4 person rondo finale. The other time I saw him there was as part of the VERY short historic reunion of "Return to Forever". The Ritz was known for its fabulous acoustics

justwondering

I didn't see "Tora, Tora, Tora" there, but as a child I lived on Oahu during part of Jr. High and my school was fortunate enough to see the opening of the movie at a classic theater in Honolulu. That was followed by a box lunch at a Memorial Park on the North side of Pearl Harbor itself, about a block from where we were living at the time, where I would walk out the door and walk right onto the North edge where I had a perfect view of the Arizona Memorial. I was blessed to see so much history growing up, as well as to view movies and acts in historic theaters here and there across the country!

Phil D. Phil D.
March 7th

Q PhilD, that guitar trio is as good as it gets!! Romantic Warrior was one of my favorite albums in college. Lenny White, and Stanley Clarke played there.


Denis

That was the line up (Chick, Al, Lenny & Stanley) for the brief reunion that lasted for I think one or two dates in NYC, then one or two at the Ritz. I could see the friction already as Chick was motioning for them (the roadies) to turn down the volume during a solo by Al. It seemed he didn't think anyone else should have as much spotlight as himself although Al and Stanley had headlined their own projects by then. All of which I had on vinyl too, I should add;-)

I mentioned the wrong Steve above too. It was Steve Morse who opened for them at the Ritz and who joined them at the end. The foursome were playing together and by the end they then took turns in line, first doing several bars each, then less, then less, until at the end they each played a single note of the tune in perfect order. It was crazy and awesome, all at once!

I also saw Stanley Clarke with the Jeff Lorber Fusion opening for him (at Avery Fisher Hall in NYC). I think at the time Kenny G. still went by his real last name and hadn't left the JLF yet and Karen White did what vocals they had. My date had to cancel at the last minute, so I offered the extra ticket to a metalhead friend of mine. He enjoyed it and was just completely blown away by Stanley Clarke!

Phil D. Phil D.
March 8th

"Because it's a different business model. Those stores thrive on the need for the majority of your grocery needs to be fulfilled by them."



Of all the people I know who go TJ's and WF's, NOT ONE does ALL their grocery shopping in either one, they're too expensive. They go there for speciality items (especially organic, non-GMO, etc) that they (until recently) couldn't get at Shoprite/Weis/A&P. Shoprite has certainly stepped up their game in the dept.

Actually, it's very similar to what I have read with people going to the new Aqui over in Califon: to expensive to shop there, but great for those certain items you can't get elsewhere...

JeffersonRepub JeffersonRepub
March 8th

Phil d

If they would restore the strand or the washington theater those would be great places to see a movie


Bug, it's going to be expensive....

limited parking.....

Guy trying to have concerts out of there didn't make a go of it. You would think rock concerts could make a buck.....

Would be nice, but if you think Centenary Pool is hard to make a buck on.....

I think if it comes back, won't be as just a movie house OR a movie house at all.

strangerdanger strangerdanger
March 8th

Emaxxman
Movie going and fine dining are two totally separate things. This area is not affluent by any stretch of the imagination. If I was to open a fine dining or upscale business of any kind I certainly would avoid this area. Education and income are more reflective of Pennsylvania than they are of the NY metro area. That’s fine for me because I choose to live here but as a business owner catering to clients or customers with lots of discretionary income, I wouldn’t make it here.

On the other hand the more poverty in an area the higher the movie ticket sales are. I guess it’s an escape from poverty.

Friendly mcface Friendly mcface
March 12th

Have all theaters gone to mandatory "reserved seating" for all shows or is that something unique to Regal?

We took the kids to see How to Train Your Dragon 3 last weekend and I bought the tickets online. It didn't tell me until AFTER I purchased them that I would still need to wait in line for the ticket seller to print them out (were the kiosks that big of an expense for them?). In the process of buying the tickets, it made me select my specific seats as if I were buying concert tickets. Thought it was somewhat ridiculous, but whatever.

Then, I get to the theater... it's 40 degrees out and the wind is blowing at about 30mph. There are 4 people ahead of me and it took at least 3 minutes to process each of them because everyone is like "huh?" when the cashier tells them that they have to select seats from a display. MAN, was I aggravated... and don't even get me STARTED on how inefficient their friggin' concession stand is. Too cheap to hire enough people so that the cashiers don't have to fill the orders themselves after spending 3 minutes figuring out how much of my left arm a large popcorn costed me...

ianimal ianimal
March 18th

ianimal - I've never seeing that - but these days only go to the amc in Rockaway -

4catmom 4catmom
March 18th

AMC in Rockaway has assigned seating for their IMAX 3D and DOLBY theatres. They’re the ones with the reclining seats. It’s great you can pick you seat and show up right when the movie time starts.

They have no assigned seats for their old theatres that you have to stand in line prior to and then they will let you in and it’s first come first serve for seats.


With assigned seating, can you pick your seat to be aisle or center?

StrangerDanger StrangerDanger
March 18th

Re: Mansfield Theater/Cineopolis

You can pick the exact seat from what is available at that time.

thomasnj thomasnj
March 18th

Any idea when it is going to re-open? Online it just said Summer 2019. Are we talking June or August?

Sirya
April 7th

I would think they obviously gave the broad "summer of 2019" for reopening as that gives a window of time to complete the renovations rather than a hard date. Too many variables to contend with to set an exact date.

Look what keeps happening with the American Dream fiasco in East Rutherford. Each time they announce an opening it gets pushed back. Personally I would not believe an opening there until I see cars in the parking lot and people inside the structure. LOL.

I'm sure when they have a real sense of a completion date for the theaters it will be posted on the website and or their PR department will create some media fanfare to announce the reopening.


Does anybody know the number of theaters they will have when the renovation is complete?


Did they specify which summer ? 2019 or 2020 ? It looks like they may have taken over the area where Buddy's Small Lots was located . I hope they also offer theaters without food and with matinee/discount pricing . Screen size and big sound are more important to me than what kind of sushi is being served . I don't mind the booze part , but you can't pause the movie when you eventually will need a bathroom break .

Saw Green Book at AMC discount Tuesday (5.33 with a free Stubs membership) a few weeks ago . Great movie that was worth every penny - finally a movie that deserved the best picture Oscar actually won it !

97XBAM 97XBAM
April 7th

Yes indeed 97XBAM

4catmom 4catmom
April 7th

The website does say Summer 2019

Sirya
April 8th

Have they really taken over that space next to them?? That'd be pretty cool! It'd be great if we could have bigger screens, even if the reclining seats take up more space and there's a few less seats overall:it's totally worth it imo. I'm excited for this!

gzellf gzellf
April 8th

They need to get rid of all the crappy small theaters and make nice size theaters. Taking over the next door space is a great idea if they have.

Metsman Metsman
April 8th

metsman - they "need to"? you mean, you would like it if they, right? i expect they understand their economics better than you do, and they are making decisions based on their expected cost and benefit analysis.


ken e if they want to make actual profits then yes they NEED TO. Fancier seats and more food options aren't enough. There's a reason people drive to Rockaway. It isn't for in theater dining or leather seats. The screens and sound and stadium seating are far superior.

Metsman Metsman
April 10th

It would be great if they built it like Cinemark Stroud Mall which opened in November 2011 . Big curved screens , great discount prices , huge leg room , and most importantly high backed seats with head pads where some tall guy like me doesn't have to scrunch down to not impede the view of someone behind them . Unless they're NBA player tall no one's head will get in your way there . And that's something AMC Rockaway lacks . I've had to move seats more than once when some tall person sat in front of me at AMC and scrunched down out of common courtesy for others on occasion when I couldn't get a seat in the back row .


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