AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex

260 E. Highway 4,
Paramus, NJ 07652

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PeterApruzzese on November 30, 2004 at 11:12 pm

I don’t know what it turned into, but there was a theatre in that mall called, not surprisingly, the Bergen Mall Cinema. It was a single screen with, I would guess, around 500 seats and the entrance was on the outside of the mall. I think that at one time it was run by the B.S. Moss organization, I don’t know who was running it when it closed.

The company I worked for in the early 80s owned the Paramus Drive-In for a time. We were probably the first – if not only – drive-in that used the radio sound system to transmit in FM Dolby Stereo. At that time, most drive-in’s used AM transmitters (because you could control very precisely how far the signal traveled). The FM transmitter we used had no such control (and was probalby illegal), lucky drivers on Routes 17 & 4 could often hear several minutes of the film sound. “American Pop” sounded great in the car while on the road!

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on November 30, 2004 at 10:29 pm

The Paramus Drive-In’s entrance was on Route 4 East, across the highway from the huge Alexander’s department store (which is now Ikea). Never got to see a movie there, unfortunately, but you could see the back of the screen from the highway.

Does anybody remember the really big BIG abstract painting on the front of Alexander’s? Wonder what ever happened to that – was it destroyed when the store was torn down?

chconnol on November 8, 2004 at 7:00 pm

ONE OTHER QUESTION for those who know the area (Paramus):

  1. There was a Drive-In in Paramus. I believe it was located where or near where the existing entrance to the Garden State Plaza Mall is.

  2. Someone told me a few years ago that the present Davids Bridal store on Route 4 across from the Bergen Mall also used to be a theater and it closed in the early 80’s. Can anyone confirm this?

chconnol on November 8, 2004 at 6:58 pm

I saw the pictures that rhett speaks of. They were pictures from 1965 playing a movie called “Situation Hopeless… But Not Serious”. It looked like a large single screen movie theater standing alone without any additional stores or space. The entrance faced directly out onto Route 4. If you stand in the lobby with your back to Route 4, you can see the way the floor slopes upwards the way theaters did back then. I never realized this until I saw those pictures.

When I first moved to the area in 1994, I saw virtually all my movies here. But lately, it’s kind of gotten trashy. In addition, I’m ok with driving up to the Palisades Center to the Megaplex. For the same price, you get stadium seating and it’s generally better maintained.

longislandmovies on October 20, 2004 at 2:21 am

The box office # s for this theater have always been huge….

umbaba on August 5, 2004 at 2:34 pm

ski…you mention screens to the left? and theaters to the right…I’m a little confused…can you elaborate…I saw the same films there that you mentioned…are you saying that during the original Star wars, the screen was more to the left in a bigger auditorium than it is now?? that when they cut the theater, they moved the screen to the right more??

alpinedownhiller on August 5, 2004 at 5:19 am

The original huge screen used to be on the left. When they showed SW there in 1977, man it was so amazing, 6 track sound, great speakers, astonishing screen size. At that time, there were two other screens to the right, the auditoriums there were about the same length, but much narrower and without the towering height and balcony. At the time Phantom Menace came out, the only one of the 1970’s screens left was the far right auditorium, very, very long, but so tiny compared to the fabled great main screen which I have heard described as making a top ten list of movies screens in the entire world back in the late 70’s or early 80’s. A crime. I also saw ESB in 70mm there. Some of the scenes were different than in the 35mm releases for both SW and ESB. I have been looking for such a theater, with such a giant screen ever since. My local mall had about as large as a screen would get for an early 80’s multiplex in its biggest auditoriums, yet this theaters main screen must have had 4x the surface area for sure. When I saw TPM there in digital, an employee told me that the main screen used to sit over 2200 people. I recall it being an extremely long and wide theater with many different rows, perhaps two giant main section and perhaps two smaller ones at the edges. The screen was so, so much bigger and better than say the Ziegfield in NYC, although the theater was certaintly not as ornate, if moreso than for a typical multiplex. Maybe, the Sony Lincoln square is using there 100' screen for some regular films not and it will feel the same. I’ve heard the AMC 24 in Hamilton has 4 giant screens with balconies. I doubt they are as big as this one was. Has anyone been there?

Serg on July 30, 2004 at 11:04 pm

I forgot to ask for notification of a reply…!

Serg on July 30, 2004 at 10:58 pm

Has ownership of the theater recentely changed? Who is the current owner and how long has ownership been in place?

umbaba on July 29, 2004 at 2:09 pm

Joe, can you clarify for me a bit?? The old Route 4 Cinema was another theater along with the Stanley Warner…but you say it was theaters 1-5?? That’s the main auditorium with the upstairs theater on the right….I always thought it was theater 6???

I believe you’re talking about the Stanley Warner…I wish I would have got to see the old theater before it was cut up….in the picture in the lobby it seems the original auditorium spread to where theater 2 was…huge….but I always remember it from 77…

Question…the original auditorium was alot bigger in 77 during Star Wars then cut up to include theater 2 and 3, correct?? I always remember the upstairs( balcony) was a single theater before it was split in 2…

I just hope it stays up longer as well, I saw every Star Wars flick in theater#1 and I want to see the new one (part 3) there so I can have a complete viewing memory of everyone of the Star Wars films at Stanley Warner (I still call it that)…wouldn’t it be nice if before they ever close they re-install 70MM equipment and have a Star Wars festival of original prints as a farewell??? Yea, right!!

bamtino on July 29, 2004 at 2:43 am

You think 4100 is a lot? Check out the listing for the Loews Ridgefield Park, this theatre’s ‘competition’ for much of the 1990s. Before its largest auditorium was tripled, taking the screen count from 10 to 12, that theatre accommodated 4802!

timquan on July 29, 2004 at 1:34 am

4100 seats total for the Paramus theatre complex? That’s an average of 410 seats per screen! Even the megaplexes now average 100-200 seats per screen!!

bamtino on July 28, 2004 at 7:37 pm

As of 1988, in its 10 screen configuration, the theater’s total seating capacity was 4100.

bamtino on July 28, 2004 at 7:27 pm

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

timquan on July 28, 2004 at 5:39 pm

So what was the layout of the theatre complex? I heard it was like a spaceship?

joemasher on July 28, 2004 at 4:08 pm

The Stanley-Warner Route 4 Cinema is now theatres 1 – 5.

umbaba on July 28, 2004 at 2:07 pm

At a recent screening as I was leaving the theater I looked in the booth by the entrance (the office) and on the wall were large pictures of when the theater opened featuring shots of the original exterior, interior with the balcony before splitting into a multiscreen, and the interior from the elevators. I meant to ask about them but the people sitting there didn’t notice me or ask me and they seemed aloof but I hope to get copies (although i doubt it) Does anyone have any pics of the previous theaters. or acssess to.

My first time there was in June 77 , waiting in line for Star Wars…it was a grand experience, 20 years later , I waited in line again to see it on the same screen, it was a great trip and nostalgic. In all the years I go there to see alot, I prefer the big theater as that’s the original with screen. I hear it may close if they build a new multiplex down the road. A shame.

Theaters 8 and 9 are to avoid as they are the small theaters with TV size screens. Does anyone remember the Route 4 Cinema?? Is theater 6 and 7 that theater?? or where was the Route 4 Cinema?? Appreciate a little help on this.

Overall, I go there as it’s the last of the classic theaters still going with the original auditorium even though it’s been re-done, but it’s the same as Star Wars 77 as there was no balcony then. A great theater, i hope they don’t close it.

timquan on July 27, 2004 at 4:57 am

When Cineplex Odeon owned the Route 4 Tenplex in the 80s, did it have a neon-and-art deco-style lobby?

timquan on July 27, 2004 at 2:34 am

I remember reading about the Route 4 Paramus theatre in the New York Times movie listings since I was a kid. It was originally owned by RKO Stanley Warner. It always played the biggest blockbusters during the 70s and 80s. Some even played in 70mm. What is the architectural design of the theatre? When the theatre was split into three separate ones, what were the seating capacities? When they started adding screens in the 80s, was it next to the existing theatre? How many screens had 70mm capacity?