AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex

260 E. Highway 4,
Paramus, NJ 07652

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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 website. A more comprehensive list appears here:
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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 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 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 on June 21, 2005 at 3:44 am

Whats up with the triplex?

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


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 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 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 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 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 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?

moviebuff82 on June 2, 2005 at 4:36 pm

How many screens will this new theatre have?

PeterApruzzese on June 2, 2005 at 3:40 pm

They’ll be closing those two locations once the new megaplex is built (it’s waiting for final approvals from the towns involved) in the back parking lot area of the Garden State Mall.

RobertR on June 2, 2005 at 3:37 pm

I thought this and the Centurys Triplex were both coming down? Has something changed?

moviebuff82 on June 2, 2005 at 1:09 pm

THe last time I went to this theatre was nearly 5 years ago, when I went to see “X-Men” and it was crowded. The sound was allright and the picture OK, but the seats were uncomfortable although the movie was enjoyable. It’s time that the Route 4 Tenplex gets a makeover or soon this theatre could be extinct. Other movies I saw at this theatre were “Congo”, and “Outside Providence” as a rough cut before it was released theatrically to poor box office. The last I heard about the tenplex was from my aunt who went to see “Monster-In-Law” with a few friends, one of whose husband works as a security guard (excellent job) at the movie theatre. It’s good that this popular multiplex is one of the safest theatres around.

Chuts on January 10, 2005 at 8:23 pm

I have a “Boxoffice/Modern theatre” magazine from 1966. It introduces the “New Stanley Warner Route 4 Theatre as a 1,908-seat entertainment center of modern design. it is also reported as the firm’s first "highway oriented” theatre in New Jersey.

The magazine goes on to say that the “new” theatre is located on busy route 4, in the center of a landscaped 1,000-car parking area. so as to afford an imposing view from the highway. Adjacent to the Bergen Mall. the Garden State Plaza and other large retail units, it is termed as an “integral part of the world’s largest shopping complex.”

Opened in October, the 50-foot-high structure was designed by architect Drew Eberson and blends various masses and areas into an unusual treatment. The side walls of the main building are sculptured block. The front facade is dominated by a huge lighted panel that embodies the theatre name and the attraction letters. The effect is to provide a brightly-lighted landmark easily spotted by the highway traffic.

The entrance lobby has a lace-like grille effect. Large expanses of glass wall incorporate seven pairs of entrance doors that create an airy indoor-outdoor feeling and allow a full view from the exterior into the massive, colorful lobby.

The lobby and foyers, as well as the theatre front, are faced with marble. The 50-foot-high lobby walls are decorated with modern dramatic sculpturings and reliefs by the Italian sculptor, Francis Bevelacqua. The wall covering is plastic gold.

The main feature of the lobby- and an innovation among New Jersey theatres- is the Otis escalator that transports patrons to the mezzanine-balcony levels. The escalator is push-buttoned controlled to reverse downward during show breaks. The escalator’s side rail is of glass, thereby giving the installation a light transparent treatment rather than a heavy, ponderous rail of the traditional escalator.

The general decorative color scheme is red, gold and white. The carpeting-in red, gold and black by Alexander Smith-is in original design made exclusively for Stanley Warner Theatres. The seats are red and by American Seating. they have foam padded seats. Over-stuffed spring-back type seats are in loge and balcony.

The auditorium, with it’s unusual decorative treatment and floor-to-ceiling gold drapes, has been carefully engineered to incorporate the latest techniques in audio-visual presentation. The wall-to-wall screen is 62 feet wide and 31 feet high. A six-channel Ampex stereophonic sound system with 18 surround speakers is used.

There’s so much more in this magazine to type and 7 GREAT pictures! The following is a listing of theatre credits:

Architect: Drew Eberson
Carpeting: Alexander Smith
Escalator: Otis
Projectors: Century
Public Address Amplifiers: Bogen
Screen: Technikote

Seats: American Seating
Sound: Ampex
Tape Recorder: Ampex

If you ever get a chance to get this magazine, it’s the January 17, 1966 New England Edition!!!

WOW! My fingers are tired. I’m not a good typist. Hope you enjoyed the reading. Like I said, there’s so much more on this theatre in this mag.

chconnol on January 4, 2005 at 9:19 am

Well….I was there in 1999 to see “Unbreakable” and it was one of the worst experiences I ever had at any theater. The theater I saw it in (not one of the four main ones…it was in the newer area) was in horrible condition…broken seats, wet, sticky floors, you name it.

But one bad experience doesn’t mean the place has gone all to hell. The last two times I’ve been there, it was a lot better than I remebered it. Yes, rough around the edges (especially the concession stand) but still decent enough.

asohn on January 4, 2005 at 9:06 am

The tenplex has always been in very decent shape. Although the floors in the theatres can eb sticky, all in all they maintain the theatre very nicely – i don’t think anyone complains.

chconnol on January 3, 2005 at 10:10 am

Saw “Lemony Snicket” here this past weekend as was kind of surprised that the theater was actually clean and in decent shape. Saw it in Theater 4 (upstairs).

I noticed that it looks like at one time, there were working curtains in that theater before they started doing that annoying advertising that virtually all theaters do now for extra $$$. Does anyone know if this is true in these upstairs theaters? Or if it is, when the stopped opening/closing them?

chconnol on December 9, 2004 at 12:32 pm

“The idea is that the new multiplex will replace the Tenplex & Route 17 theatres – the same company is building it.”

And what will become of the Paramus 10 plex? Oh, yeah…if it closes, it’ll be REAL hard to sell that space. Jesus…can you imagine what the HELL they’ll try to build there? That space is HUGE.

So that’s probably why the Tenplex is getting so run down. Why invest in something that’s soon (they hope) to close. But there’s still a lot of litigation with regards to that space at the Plaza, right? It’s not a done deal…

lfreimauer on December 9, 2004 at 11:26 am

it was called Playhouse on the Mall

PeterApruzzese on December 9, 2004 at 11:11 am

The idea is that the new multiplex will replace the Tenplex & Route 17 theatres – the same company is building it.

I looked at a map of where David’s Bridal is located, that spot was not the Bergen Mall Theatre, the theatre was on the other side of the mall. I don’t know what that might be, except that there used to be a live theater company that had its auditorium in the mall. I can’t remember their name, however. Perhaps the shape you saw in the photo was their performance space?

chconnol on December 9, 2004 at 10:50 am

And yes, I agree with you, the 10 plex is badly run down. It still brings in a crowd but that won’t continue if they build the proposed 16 screen megaplex at the Plaza. It’ll kill this sucker off big time. And frankly, the way they’ve NOT been keeping it up, good riddance. The shame is that this theater, in one form or another, has been a fixture in the area for years.

chconnol on December 9, 2004 at 10:48 am

No, the theater WAS where the David’s Bridal is now. I wish I could find the picture I saw of route 4 westbound that showed it. It was taken around the early 60’s.

lfreimauer on December 7, 2004 at 8:56 am

there was never a movie theater on Route 4 Westbound other than Cinema 35 which no longer shows films. What theat across from the bridal shop are the people talking about.

The 10 Plex is badly run down and is way past its heyday.