AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex

260 E. Highway 4,
Paramus, NJ 07652

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chconnol
chconnol on January 4, 2005 at 12:19 pm

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
asohn on January 4, 2005 at 12:06 pm

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
chconnol on January 3, 2005 at 1:10 pm

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
chconnol on December 9, 2004 at 3:32 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
lfreimauer on December 9, 2004 at 2:26 pm

it was called Playhouse on the Mall

PeterApruzzese
PeterApruzzese on December 9, 2004 at 2:11 pm

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
chconnol on December 9, 2004 at 1:50 pm

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
chconnol on December 9, 2004 at 1:48 pm

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
lfreimauer on December 7, 2004 at 11:56 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.

lfreimauer
lfreimauer on December 7, 2004 at 11:56 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.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on December 1, 2004 at 12:34 pm

I made a couple goofs in my last post: the highway it didn’t face was Route 4, as Pete pointed out, and the street it did face is called Spring Valley Ave., not Road.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on December 1, 2004 at 12:29 pm

CConnolly: The Bergen Mall theater’s entrance was in the back of the Mall, not the side facing Route 17. It faced Spring Valley Rd. I guess it was behind Stern’s – it was near the eastern end of the mall. I guess it qualified as an art house – I saw Bowie in “The Man Who Fell to Earth” there and also “Swept Away” (not the Madonna version).

PeterApruzzese
PeterApruzzese on December 1, 2004 at 12:26 pm

Loews is trying to build the multiplex at the Garden State Plaza as they do not want to maintain the Route 4 and Route 17 theatres.

PeterApruzzese
PeterApruzzese on December 1, 2004 at 12:25 pm

The (Bergen) Mall Theatre was located almost centrally in the building, facing the back roads (I’m not from there, so I don’t know the name of the road), not Route 4. The entrance was on the outside only, facing the parking lot. It was a split design, you entered in the middle of the auditorium and could go up to the left or down to the right. The last show I saw there was a double-feature of Star Trek V and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. I was nearly ejected for complaining about the soft focus and trying to get in the booth to fix it myself!

chconnol
chconnol on December 1, 2004 at 12:18 pm

Just to add a comment out the Tenplex, the last movie I saw there was “Unbreakable” in 2000. Not sure which number theater it was but it wasn’t in the main complex. The theater sucked. Besides the floor being sticky (hell, a lot of theaters have that problem) the two end aisle seats were broken (backs were hanging off) and they had wrapped yellow tape (like crime scene tape) around the two of them to ward off potential sitters. But the seat that I lucked out in sitting in was right next to those two and it’s seat back felt like it was the next to go. The theater also smelled awful. It smelled like a locker room, damp and disgusting. That was the last time we went there. Soon after we discovered the comparatively new Loews Palisades Center Megaplex. But now that place is falling apart as well.

The problem is that these theaters take such a beating but the owners seem to do little to maintain them. Thats why when a bigger, better place opens up, these “older” places die and close. But if the chains kept them up better, audiences might be more loyal.

I’m not sure which chain is proposing to do this, but there’s a proposal being debated (hotly) in Paramus to open up a megaplex at the Garden State Plaza Mall. I believe it will be at least 16 screens. If this happens, the tenplex is toast…

chconnol
chconnol on December 1, 2004 at 12:09 pm

Bill Huelbig: Regarding the Bergen Mall theater, where exactly was it in the mall? A few years ago, the Record ran a story about the Mall and how it really hadn’t changed since it opened in 1955 or so (though I found out fairly recently that they got rid of that nifty, and very retro yellow star fountain…why they did is beyond me…it is what gave the place it’s weird vibe). Anyway, in the article, they did mention the theater. I don’t go to that mall much (if ever) but I know it well enough. Let me know if you remember where it was…I’m just curious…..

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on December 1, 2004 at 12:02 pm

Thanks CConnolly for the info on the mural. My niece goes to school at Bergen Community and I’ll ask her about it. Alexander’s has a connection to my all-time favorite movie: when I was 13, I was there with my family the day the review for “2001” was due to appear in the New York Daily News in 1968, and I couldn’t wait for the shopping trip to end so I could get home and read that review (which was not a good one). That was also the day Martin Luther King was assassinated.

Pete, I remember the theater in the Bergen Mall. I think it was called the Mall Theater back in the ‘60s. I saw “To Sir With Love” there, and it was so small and crowded that my family had to split up and find separate seats.

chconnol
chconnol on December 1, 2004 at 11:16 am

Bill Huebig: though this is off the topic, the huge mural that was on Alexanders was salvaged and is (I believe) on display at the Bergen Community College in Paramus. When it was announced that Alexanders was going to be demolished, there was a public outcry over the mural and it’s value. So someone (this was at least five years ago) got together with some art enthusiasts to get it moved.

Back to the Drive-In…it’s not listed here and I don’t know enough about it to post it. In the Garden State Plaza Mall management offices (near the Mexican restaurant) there’s an amazing over head picture from (I think) 1962 that clearly shows the drive in. It looks like the back row of the drive in was on Paramus Road with the screen roughly where the large parking lot is in front of Nordstroms. I don’t think the Garden State Parkway was built in that area yet. Do you know what year it closed?

PeterApruzzese: I understand that there was a movie theater in the Bergen Mall but no one in my neighborhood seems to recall much about it except that it closed in the early 80’s and it was crummy. But I know I saw a photograph in the Bergen record a few years ago of Route 4 West bound that showed a movie theater in what is now David’s Bridal across the street from the Bergen Mall. You can clearly see that it must’ve been a fairly large size theater because it has exit stairs coming from the upper sides and the roof line has that distinctive curved appearance of a movie theater.

PeterApruzzese
PeterApruzzese on November 30, 2004 at 6:12 pm

CConnolly:
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.

Bill:
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 5:29 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
chconnol on November 8, 2004 at 2:00 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
chconnol on November 8, 2004 at 1:58 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
longislandmovies on October 19, 2004 at 9:21 pm

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

umbaba
umbaba on August 5, 2004 at 9:34 am

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
alpinedownhiller on August 5, 2004 at 12:19 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?