AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex

260 E. Highway 4,
Paramus, NJ 07652

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Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on January 27, 2006 at 5:48 pm

This former Stanley Warner’s Route 4 Theatre should be updated as AMC Paramus Route 4 10 Theatre.

chconnol
chconnol on January 9, 2006 at 10:25 am

Going to this theater is still a mixed bag. Sometimes it’s OK and sometimes it’s not. I saw “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” here back in December in the “big” auditorium and it literally stunk. It smelled like bad feet but was probably the carpet never being cleaned. We got stuck in the crowd leaving and the entire houselights came up. The place looked awful. They should leave the lights off. Chipped paint, worn ceilings. Very tired looking. The sound was muffled too.

Then I saw “The Chronicles of Narnia” in (I think) #6. This is one of the larger ones in the back part of the theater. Now this one wasn’t bad at all. No smell, excellent projection and sound. Seats were fine too.

bamtino
bamtino on December 8, 2005 at 8:29 pm

Uh… I think the Greater Union is in Australia (mate). So, I don’t think it’s caused too much of a drop off, though they do appear to have some pretty decent bookings!

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on December 8, 2005 at 8:03 pm

Does anyone know about Greater Union Cinema 11, that is located at One Garden State Plaza? When did this particular cinema open, and what is it doing to the business at the Loews Cineplex Route 4 10 Theatre (The former Stanley Warner’s Paramus Route 4 Theatre)?

pbubny
pbubny on December 5, 2005 at 9:09 am

I probably haven’t been to this theatre since I saw “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” which at that time monopolized five of the complex’s six decent-sized screens. Judging by some of the comments posted here, I haven’t missed much except a serious decline in upkeep; in 1997 the place was still reasonably well-run. Over the 20 years that I did patronize the Route 4 Theatre, in whatever configuration (triplex, eightplex, tenplex), I had a very mixed bag of moviegoing experiences, some very good to outstanding, and some pretty poor. Lest anybody think that the poor experiences have all been confined to more recent times, let me point out that on my second time seeing the original “Star Wars” in the supersized Theatre #1 back in the day, the surround channels failed to work for most of the show, the projectionist TWICE failed to synchronize the changeover from one reel to the next, and the film broke when Luke, Leia, and Han were in the trash compactor. Whereas the first time I saw it there, about a week and a half after it opened, the “only” problem was the sound going off at one point. Six years later, during “Return of the Jedi,” there was another film break. On the other hand, seeing a “Star Wars” movie (or any other, for that matter) on that enormous screen was a treat, and when Theatre #1 was subdivided into one okay-sized auditorium and two shoeboxes, the place lost much of its allure.

So if there’s going to be a new 16-plex to replace it (and, one assumes, the Route 17 triplex), it may simply be that the Route 4 tenplex has reached the end of its useful life.

timquan
timquan on October 29, 2005 at 2:29 pm

Can’t believe this tenplex is still in operation, and how moviegoers had to endure sitting in run-down auditoriums watching good blockbuster hits.

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on October 25, 2005 at 4:23 am

The Bergen Mall was originally built with 2 theatres, one live, and one for movies. This was by the choice of the builder, who wanted to recreate a downtown fell. There was even a little kiddie amusement park in the middle of the mall. At the time, the mall was not enclosed. The movie theatre, the Mall Theatre, was located towards spring valley road at the east end of the mall, the entrance was outside toward the parking lot. The Playhouse On The Mall’s entrance was on the inside walkway, at the west end of the mall. There was never a theatre across from the Bergen Mall. E.J. Korvette’s department store was located directly across, taking up all of what is now a strip mall. The bridge across the highway at that time extended all the way to a second floor entrance to Korvette’s.

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on October 25, 2005 at 4:13 am

The Stanley Warner, as the marquee called it, was a magnificent theatre as a single with marble walls and art deco wall sconces in the lobby. The last film I saw there as a single was The Godfather. In the early 1970’s, they built The Route 4 Cinema next to it. Although there was no space between the buildings, The Route 4 was a seperate building with it’s own marquee, boxoffice, etc. It had a magnificient waterfall curtain. A few years later, the Stanley Warner was twined by extending and walling up the balcony. The original projection room became the upstairs projection room, and a new projection room was built behind the consession stand on the main level for the “big” theatre. Then, at some point, they split the balcony theatre into 2 theatres, and the big theatre got split into 3 theatres by putting a wall down the middle, with one long hallway theatre on the left, and 2 small theatres (one in front of the other) on the right. Sometime in the late 1980’s, they finished destroying the theatre by ripping out most of the original lobby, and building the rest of the 10-plex.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on October 19, 2005 at 1:05 am

Just to let you know, plans are still underway for a 16-screen theatre to replace both the Route 4 and Route 17 theatres once it opens sometime in the future.

Chuts
Chuts on July 14, 2005 at 12:32 am

I remember 1977. I was 12 years old and even at that age my friend and I would refer to it as “the route 4 Stanley Warner”. We’d cut school and go there to see Star Wars all day long. The ushers rarely threw us out between showings. I’m from Garfield, NJ. We’d hop on a bus early in the morning on Midland Avenue in front of “The Garden State Farms” in Saddle Brook, NJ to get to the Garden State Plaza. Before the movies started we’d always eat at “Rustlers Steak House”. My friend Nicky would order me “The Westerner” and pay for it because I had no money and he, somehow, always did. Come to think of it, he’d always pay for my movie ticket to. I think he found his parents “cookie jar” where they stashed their change, anywho, after we ate we’d walk over to the theatres from the Plaza.

Coate
Coate on July 13, 2005 at 11:07 pm

That “Star Wars” ad looks like it is from August 1977 after the release expanded to region-wide. The exclusive engagement ads from May reference the Paramus engagement as “RKO/Stanley Warner Triplex Paramus.”

RobertR
RobertR on July 5, 2005 at 5:11 pm

Here it is in 1977 known as Triplex Paramus, sounds like they were not sure who owned it at the time :)
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Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 22, 2005 at 3:56 am

I believe the very first digital showing of “The Phantom Menace” was at the Meadows 6 in Secaucus. That’s what they said at the theater anyway, when they gave out the commemmorative badges. The shows may have opened to the public on the same night in both Secaucus and Paramus, but I think the first test of the system took place in Secaucus.

Coate
Coate on June 21, 2005 at 1:45 pm

If you wish to count newspaper ads, additional AKAs for this theater used during the late-70s include “RKO Paramus” and “RKO-Stanley-Warner Triplex Paramus.”

Coate
Coate on June 21, 2005 at 1:44 pm

“The Route 4 theater was one of only 3 in New Jersey, and 32 nationwide, to open "Star Wars” on May 25, 1977.“ (Damien Farley)


There were four New Jersey theaters included in the original 5/25/77 limited market launch of “Star Wars.” They were located in Edison, Lawrenceville, Paramus, and Pennsauken.

I bet you got your reference to three NJ theaters from the list posted on the starwars.com website. A more comprehensive list appears here:
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Coate
Coate on June 21, 2005 at 1:35 pm

“In the (possibly 1950’s and) 1960’s, they showed three strip Cinerama/Cinemiracle … and just a few years ago they were the first theater in the state to present the digitally projected Star Wars Episode I.” (Robert MacLeay)


I’m not aware of any Cinerama engagements at this theater.

Clarification on the digital cinema comment: this theater was among the first to be equipped since “The Phantom Menace” played simultaneously at two NJ venues, this and the Loews Meadows Six in Secaucus.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 21, 2005 at 1:00 pm

Now that Loews Cineplex and AMC will merge during the time period when the new 16-plex is constructed and completed, will things change a bit? This and the new Rockaway 16 plex will be big investments for the new AMC-Loews chain.

PeterApruzzese
PeterApruzzese on June 21, 2005 at 3:55 am

It stays open until the construction is under way, same as the Tenplex. They continue to use the Triplex as a ‘move-over’ house with films from the Tenplex.

RobertR
RobertR on June 21, 2005 at 3:44 am

Whats up with the triplex?

chconnol
chconnol on June 21, 2005 at 3:42 am

From today’s Bergen Record—-say Goodbye to the Paramus Tenplex. The real estate alone where the tenplex now resides is probably worth God only know how many millions:

Theater complex upheld in Paramus
Tuesday, June 21, 2005

By MERRY FIRSCHEIN
STAFF WRITER

PARAMUS – The borough’s Planning Board was allowed to approve an application for a 16-screen movie theater at Garden State Plaza, the state appellate court unanimously ruled Monday.

The decision comes as a result of a lawsuit filed by the borough against its own Planning Board and Westfield Corp., the parent company of the shopping mall.

In the suit, filed originally in December 2003, the borough said the Planning Board didn’t have jurisdiction over Westfield’s application to build a 163,000-square-foot “entertainment lifestyle precinct” at the mall.

The ruling could be the last step in a three-year quest by Westfield to build the project. Along with the cinema, the proposed addition would include shops and restaurants.

Attorney Brian Giblin represented the borough on May 25 before Appellate Division Judges Howard Kestin, Jose L. Fuentes and Naomi G. Eichen. He argued that the zoning board should have heard Westfield’s application. Giblin said only a zoning board can hear issues of square footage, parking and building height.

Westfield attorney Stephen Sinisi told the judges that the shopping center corporation fulfilled all the requirements asked of it and should not be penalized.

The judges, in Monday’s nine-page decision, unanimously agreed, saying that state Superior Court Judge Jonathan N. Harris was correct in his June 2004 decision when he said the Planning Board was the right place for Westfield’s application.

The panel also ruled that the borough cannot use a new ordinance to stop the project. That ordinance is the focus of a lawsuit brought by Westfield against the borough. A trial date in state Superior Court has not been set.

Planning Board Attorney Paul Kaufman said the ruling found that “the Planning Board acted completely within its authority and within the applicable law.”

Westfield officials said they are ready to start their project.

“We look forward to getting back on track with our reinvestment with Garden State Plaza,” said Katy Dickey, Westfield’s vice president of communications.

The concept of “entertainment lifestyle precincts” includes stores with a hands-on component, such as a Sony store or an Apple computer store or other stores with a large entertainment aspect.

Experts see this as a natural progression for the shopping experience, which some say has become routine.

“When it’s more fun to shop at Costco than the Garden State Plaza, then we’re missing the ball,” John Goodwin, Westfield’s vice president of development, said at the 2003 hearings.

There is no start date for building at the mall because Westfield still must get county and state permits before beginning any construction.

Construction is expected to take between 18 and 24 months.

Giblin said he hasn’t spoken yet with the mayor and council on Monday’s ruling. Giblin was the borough attorney in 2004.

“I’m sure [borough officials] will want to review it and ask me whatever questions they might have about it, and they’ll make their decision” on whether they want to appeal, Giblin said.

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umbaba
umbaba on June 18, 2005 at 3:15 am

I just saw “Revenge of the Sith” there on the big screen. I had to see it there on the big screen main auditorium because I’ve seen every Star Wars film on that screen since 1977. That experience in “77 was one of the best. I could only imagine what the theater was like as a single screen.

JohnO: any way you can scan the pictures from that magazine and put them in here?

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 13, 2005 at 9:13 am

They should revamp the Tenplex as a state-of-the-art movie theatre with all digital sound in all auditoriums, stadium seating, bigger screens, and a museum showing the history of the theatre.

chconnol
chconnol on June 13, 2005 at 4:58 am

This is one of the safest theaters around because it’s in a very nice town and such. But the new theater (located in the Garden State Plaza) is not yet a done deal. The town of Paramus is doing some in-fighting and I don’t believe that they mall owners have been given anything near a green light yet.

So that puts this place in limbo and it looks it. While the theaters are clean, the place looks very tired. Seats need to be replaced, carpet should be replaced as well as a new paint job all around. But why do it when a bigger and better place might open…eventually?

WilliamB
WilliamB on June 13, 2005 at 4:18 am

Re: The Bergen Mall movie theater

I can confirm there was a movie theater in there, with entry only from the south side’s parking lot. The last movie I specifically remember seeing there was “The Sheltering Sky,” so it was open until at least then (1990).

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 2, 2005 at 4:58 pm

Oh, I know already. 16, just like the new Rockaway theatre that will open next spring in 2006. When will this new theatre open in Paramus?