AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex

260 E. Highway 4,
Paramus, NJ 07652

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moviebuff82 on June 11, 2016 at 7:06 pm

March 5th, 1982, according to 70mm in New York website. Quest for Fire was playing in the big house. May 23, 1984 was when it expanded to ten screens when Temple of Doom played. When did Cineplex Odeon take over?

Coate on June 1, 2016 at 12:12 pm

“1981” is not specific enough, moviebuff82. When in 1981?

moviebuff82 on June 1, 2016 at 11:40 am

In 1981, Coate, when RKO merged with Stanley Warner and took over operations. When Cineplex Odeon took over in 1987, they expanded to ten screens and stayed that way through the Loews Cineplex and AMC eras until it was closed so that its successor the AMC Garden State 16 opened more than 9 years ago. Digital surround sound was installed around the time that Jurassic Park opened and digital projection premiered in Paramus with the Phantom Menace in late 1999. The last time I went to this theater, for X-Men in the summer of 2000, the theater was very run down from the last time i visited in the mid to late 90s. I never went to the triplex as that wasn’t as popular as this theater.

Coate on June 1, 2016 at 11:00 am

When, specifically, did this complex expand from four to seven screens?

moviebuff82 on February 26, 2016 at 6:33 pm

The shape of the theater the exterior didn’t change that much. The places that surrounded the theater have changed. Usually after a movie at the Tenplex, you can go to dinner at Fuddruckers and go for a grub. The signage outside the theater also used surround sound symbols to show which movies were being shown in DTS or Dolby Digital.

alpinedownhiller on October 19, 2015 at 11:37 pm

Yeah, saw Star Wars there on opening day! Man unreal! In the grand palace screen. My god when that Star Destroyer came rocking across the screen and went on forever. Holy cow nobody had every experienced anything remotely like that before. Also saw ESB there in the grand screen. Huge screen and it actually had surround sound way back in 1977. Many places were still mono only then and few with stereo. This had full on Dolby Surround. And the screen was gigantic compared to all the little mall screens that came in all over.

Even today with the digital IMAX screens, I don’t think any in NJ are quite as large as the screen here had been.

I think two of the screens in the Manville, NJ theater though are actually at least as large. I’ve heard claims two there are 70'.

An absolute crime that AMC just closed down the giant, true IMAX at Palisades. I think that one was 72'-75' wide and with the full true IMAX height. They ‘replaced’ it with an absurdly small digital IMAX screen, not even one of the larger such around. Criminal.

moviebuff82 on November 11, 2014 at 2:01 pm

less than two years from now this theater will be 50 years old.

dbrower on January 29, 2014 at 11:12 pm

I too watched 2001 there from a near front row; also the Empire Strikes Back, though from further back. This was -the- place for big-screen stuff.


moviebuff82 on December 5, 2013 at 12:02 pm

someone a few years back uploaded old tape recordings of the 70mm Dolby Stereo mix of Star Wars and ESB, according to the link on my previous post. The quality isn’t good but you get to hear what the movies sounded like when they came out.

moviebuff82 on December 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 15, 2013 at 5:08 am

The picture of the screen in the article is from the early years. It doesn’t look 62 feet wide in that photo, but I watched “2001” from the front row of that theater and the screen was definitely not small.

moviebluedog on April 14, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Information on 70mm film presentations at this theater can be found at:

You can search 70mm engagements by year. Thanks.

moviebuff82 on April 14, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Thanks. What was the last 70mm movie played at this theater?

moviebuff82 on April 14, 2013 at 1:43 pm

That picture on this page shows a screen thats quite small. Is this from the early years or when it was divided?

John Fink
John Fink on January 5, 2012 at 7:32 am

I drove past it a few times recently (on the way to Edgewater Multiplex) – it must be a huge gym. It would have been cool if they kept a theatre in-tact as a “cardio theatre” – that is treadmills and ellipticals in one of the auditoriums with films screening. It sounds cool though that some of the architecture is still there, like the balcony.

CConnolly1 on January 5, 2012 at 4:43 am

I belong to the 24 Hour Fitness that now occupies what was this theater. It’s nice to see that the site is being used as opposed to just rotting like it has for a few years after it closed and the designers did not do a wholesale gutting. They’ve incorporated much of the main lobby (with the two flanking stairs that led up to the balcony sections) and the large theater space intact. If you remember this theater’s layout, you will be able to see it in the gym. I would have liked it if the designers of the gym had paid homage to what the space was maybe by using movie posters or something but they have not. The closest thing to it is the use of the upper balcony space for the cardio. The original slope of the balcony is still there and it looks down onto the large basketball area which was the main theater. You can literally see how good the sight lines were. It’s so high that it can be a bit dizzying.

memorious1 on December 16, 2011 at 9:27 am

The conversion to the Dark Side is complete: The Tenplex has reopened as a 24/7 Fitness. See link for photos and floor plan:

Theater 1 is now a basketball court… :–/

chapcan on August 2, 2011 at 3:14 pm

“The Turning Point” in the balcony X-mas, ‘77; the only way to see Barishnikov not-live!

joemasher on April 12, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Drove by the theater twice today—it’s been gutted and a lot of holes cut in the building, presumably for new windows. If you look inside you’ll see some of the wall treatments that were in the auditoriums still hanging, but otherwise the dividing walls and balcony in the original building have been torn out.

Johnnyecks on April 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Damn I remember this theater. I loved this place. HUUUUGE screen! I remember seeing Twister there on opening day, and walking outside while Paramus was under a tornado watch! That was very surreal. Great used record store used to be right next to this theater as well. Off topic, but I think it was called Musicmaker or something like that. Great rare finds were found there.

95Crash on April 11, 2011 at 6:22 am

Regarding the building itself, I’m hearing again that it’s going to be a 24-Hour Fitness Club.

moviebuff82 on April 10, 2011 at 11:38 am

When was Dolby Stereo installed at this theater? How about the digital surround sound systems?

moviebuff82 on March 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm

What’s the latest?

moviebuff82 on February 20, 2011 at 11:16 am

Come May, it will be four years since the theater was closed and became a ghost theater. What’s the latest on the vacant property?

moviebuff82 on December 13, 2010 at 12:33 pm

I hope it’s more parking and not another retail store.