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like the now closed Route 4 tenplex and the extinct Eaton Center 21 screen theater that was at the time the first true megaplex in North America, and also the still open Ziegfeld theater and Chelsea multiplex. Also, it had 4 more screens than the still open Beverly Center 14 (which is now a Mann theater) and was much bigger and luxurious.
Was this theater a showcase for Universal’s movies, much like the El Capitan was for Disney? Also, was this theater the flagship of the Cineplex Odeon chain before the takeovers?
what’s frightening about that photo is that the theater is straight across from the competition, the AMC. How are the AMC-owned Loews theaters doing against their own brand? I guess Regal has an excellent way of acquiring chains much like Clearview does with smaller theaters in the metro area.
can anyone send me a link to a picture of the regal theater?
if amc renovates the tenplex and rename both theaters amc garden state 1-16 and garden state 17-26 that would make a difference. they should make the tenplex a bowling alley since the borough doesn’t have its own, and the nearest is bowler city in hackensack.
Tomorrow, there will be no tenplex. May there be another use for this long-running theater, which will pass the torch tomorrow morning to the new theater near the Garden State Plaza.
Remember, this page is only for the ROute 4 theater, not the Rialto; the same can be said for other Bergen County theaters.
This theater opened as part of a new performing arts center in South Orange called SoPAC as part to compete with NJPAC and BergenPAC. This is Clearview’s newest theater, catering to the college crowd from Seton Hall. It is competing with West Orange’s Essex Green (by AMC), and East Orange’s Hollywood Cinemas (independently owned).
Oh, my bad. Two theaters with DLP sounds great, since the closest theater near me that has DLP is either Parsippany and Succasunna, both owned by Clearview. It won’t be too long before DLP comes to my theater.
I agree with you…the last art house theater in Paramus was the Paramus Picture Show, which I used to go to when it was not an art house theater but a runover product for movies that played at the larger venues. And it won’t be too long before Bergen County gets another new theater this decade, the one to claim number one, the 26 screen Xanadu complex owned by Muvico which will open next year near the Meadowlands will draw huger crowds than any movie theater in New Jersey.
Just went to the new theater’s showtimes listing and they’re showing pirates on only one digital screen out of 16. Two screens will have rear window captioning. The rest will be normal screens. Tomorrow night Pirates debuts as the last new film at the Route 4 location before heading off to the AMC Garden State 16, which will carry over most of the ROute 4 stuff as the old theater will be demolished this weekend.
Other movies that I saw at the tenplex were “Congo” in the summer of 1995 as well as “Vampires” in the fall of 1998. So far, nearly 400 petitions to keep the tenplex open!
When the mall gets renovated later this year just in time for next summer of ‘08, it won’t affect the movie theater. The mall, unlike the theater, is 30 years old, and traffic might get bad around the area so that parking will spill over into other areas, such as those near stores that are out of the mall, such as the convenience center and the multiplex. This traffic nightmare would mirror that of what would come on Friday, when AMC’s third 16-plex in north jersey, The Garden State 16, opens in Paramus near the Garden State Plaza. It will be like Rockaway but will be more heavily traveled than that area since it’s more suburban and near New York.
According to locals on the Sparta forum…the theater will open on June 8th, when three new movies open. I guess Surf’s Up will open there as well as Hostel Part II and Ocean’s 13. Hopefully they’ll have carryover from the nearby Newton theater.
Did you get to see Mira Sorvino or Chow Yun Fat during the making of that movie?
My favorite memory of going to the tenplex was going to see the first ever X-Men movie; I was waiting in line to see it, and my late nana said the name of the movie wrong, like G-Men (as in the old serials from the 1930’s), then I corrected her since I had better knowledge of that stuff. I went with her as well as my cousin michael. The theater was packed at the time, and it was worth seeing it on the very big screen. It was at this time that the theater showed its age, but I can’t believe that it still survived for more than seven years. Now it’s come to this. The new theater will still show great movies, as evidenced by the new Pirates movie, but it will recruit new people who never worked at the old location before. Since the 1990’s, there were more ads than trailers before the movies (along with the slideshows), but that didn’t stop me to check out a movie with my aunt, who lives in the same town where the tenplex lives. Oh, if I could go back in time to see the old “Star Wars” movie in that huge auditorium.
I agree with you. When I went to this theater more than a decade ago, it showed mostly popular movies. Nowadays, it’s an art house theater. That theater, as well as the Clearview in Ridgewood, will show mostly artsy stuff instead of the blockbuster fluff that the new theater will offer when it opens this weekend.
i agree with you. the new theatre will be a big improvement over the aging complex, much like the Essex Green 9-plex improved over the original three screen theatre of the same name.
how does this theater do against the big amc?
So if AMC still keeps the theater, they should show IMAX movies, since they’re also shot in 70mm but require a screen taller than the ones in the tenplex. They should keep theater 1 and make it into AMC Imax at Route 4. That way moviegoers won’t have to drive from Paramus to Lincoln Square to see a good movie. Heck, they should call it AMC Route 4 Paramus 9 and IMAX, for theater #1.
that’s good news…that theater’s pretty old.
so far, more than 300 signatures on the internet for AMC to keep the tenplex open. I hope they keep the theater open so that it will be like 27 total screens; the tenplex could be an art house theater while the 16 plex can host blockbusters. It’s a good thing that the triplex was demolished because that theater didn’t get the popularity that the tenplex endured throughout its 40-some year history. This tenplex was in the movies, too: It was shown in the hit film “Ransom”. BTW, how much money was spent into the tenplex when it was built compared with the new one that will open this weekend? I guess way cheaper than what AMC is doing with their megaplexes. They should make their own theaters, not just Loews-type theaters. I used to like the Loews “Star” theaters, such as Wayne and Secaucus, but I’m so used to the AMC/GC style auditoriums (modeled like Clifton Commons and Essex Green) that have been copied to every multiplex. A good example of a Loews-style AMC theater is the Jersey Gardens one, since it’s the only one in North Jersey to have digital projection.
I agree with you, Bway. Don’t forget that certain movies that open on days other than Fridays can lure big crowds, as is the case with summer and winter movie events.
Just saw Spidey 3 in Rockaway two weeks after it opened, and I was not disappointed. Compared with the previous two, which I saw at Clearview’s Mansfield theater, the presentation was very top notch, with a few scratches in the picture, but the focus was very sharp and the sound was very loud, rumbling, and great. I saw it in theater #2, right next to Shrek 3. Before the show began, I took a look in the large theater (#8) and boy, the screen is very huge it touches the floor!!! Too bad they can’t show digital just yet. Speaking of that, there was no digital pre-show as it was the first showing of the movie (10:15) and the curtains opened up and closed from matte screen to scope. And the box office was a bit inexperienced. I still enjoyed the movie.