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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.
I agree with you, John. Parking near the theater will be massive compared with parking near Rockaway, since the GS 16 will not attract a large mall-sized crowd and that there will be massive parking spaces for everyone to park; the only trouble will be the seating. I guess it will have the same number of seats as its Rockaway brethren. Too bad the people who work at these Loews-turned AMC theaters are not as experienced and local as those clearview people, which still is the preferred choice of moviegoers in the Tri-State area. Too bad Clearview doesn’t have a multiplex in Bergen County to compete for top dollar (about the only closest thing that the AMC Garden State 16 will compete with is the Edgewater Multiplex, which was the first Bergen County megaplex with stadium seating when it opened nearly seven years ago along the Hudson river and was the second theater to offer digital projection and is currently the only one in that area to offer DLP). Imagine if Clearview bought Edgewater from NA…that would be a good deal!!!
How does that theater compare with the only theater with the name Madison that’s still open (the NJ theater owned by Clearview)?
As a CVS employee, I’m disappointed that this theater wasn’t turned into my favorite drugstore, but a city rival. Were there any old movie theaters turned into CVS or other drugstores?
Any word on when advance ticketing will be available for the theater? I’ve checked the showtimes for the theater on opening day and there’s no movies listed yet. Probably two days before the grand opening, much like what they did with Rockaway. Too bad the Paramus theater will not have an open house event in which the movies are free if moviegoers bring in an ad in the newspaper, much like Rockaway. Back when AMC clifton commons was General Cinema, they had a free movie weekend one week before they did regular money business, and I was glad that Clifton finally had a multiplex of its own. I saw two movies that weekend: You’ve Got Mail and Star Trek Insurrection; the latter movie was the best experience as it had great surround sound and good picture. I hope the AMC Garden State 16 follows the success of other AMC megaplexes in the garden state.
Is the theater still on track to open on Friday with the opening of Shrek 3? No word on showtimes for the theater yet.
on sunday at around midnight police responded to an incident at the theater; thankfully no one was injured during the standoff but the suspect was arrested.
currently this theatre is closed for renovations..when will it reopen?
Too bad Spidey 3 isn’t showing in DLP in Succasunna since Meet the Robinsons is still playing in the digital auditorium (which I guess is located in the same screen where the RWC system was installed), letting the webslinger play only in good old 35mm film.
Recently, digital projection has come to two of the busiest theaters in Morris County, one in Succasunna and one in Parsippany. The 3-D version of Meet the Robinsons was the first digital movie that those theaters projected when it debuted in late March. After more than a month in release, the Disney movie is still playing in 3-D only in Succasunna, while Parsippany is showing Spider-Man 3 in 2-D on its digital screen. How is the presentation there compared with Rockaway, which doesn’t have digital projection at all save for the preshow? I know it’s a bit farther than Rockaway and that there’s no stadium seating at the Clearview theater, but is it worth the money?
Even though Cablevision will go private, it will still operate Radio City, as well as the Beacon Theater and the profitable MSG and Clearview Cinema chain. Quite a few around the metro area have been getting digital projection and are still keeping the equipment. I’m sure Radio City has a DLP projector; it’s been awhile since a major movie got a gala premiere at the Hall (the last I can recall is “The Lion King”)…most movie premieres in NYC usually debut at the smaller Ziegfeld (also owned by CV) or the more popular AMC Loews Lincoln Square theater. Too bad Times Square doesn’t get a fair share of movie premieres as much as those in Hollywood.
Someone should edit this theater to demolished.