AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex

260 E. Highway 4,
Paramus, NJ 07652

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hotwaterbottle on December 13, 2010 at 9:21 am

I went by the theatre this past Saturday and from the outside, it look like the inside is completely gutted, with a large hole where the entrance and arcade used to be, and another hole in the back far wall. There is a huge mound of dirt piled up behind the theatre which is visible from the back road. The whole site is fenced off for safety reasons. I does'nt look like it’s going to be razed; more like what happened to the Town theatre in Emerson. The structure will probably remain and be chopped up and converted into who knows what.

moviebuff82 on November 29, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Sad news in the moviegoing world. Two legends who brought excitement to this theater are gone. Both of which became huge draws 30 years ago. Irvin Kershner, director of Empire Strikes Back, and Leslie Nielsen, star of Airplane, his highest grossing movie, are now up in heaven.

JeffreyM on November 23, 2010 at 9:24 am

***clarification a big HOLE

JeffreyM on November 23, 2010 at 9:23 am

I see that the Tenplex is now all fenced off, and construction vehicles and a big whole where entrance used to be. Anybody know what is going over there?

moviebuff82 on October 24, 2010 at 1:46 pm

It’s been a few months since this theater was commented….what’s the latest on the vacant space at the theater?

robboehm on August 22, 2010 at 11:11 am

Unless you ever did the line for the Radio City Music Hall in the good old non-reserved days you’ve never seen a line. And when they opened the house the line vanished. Amazing.

moviebuff82 on August 22, 2010 at 8:29 am

I think so. The store will face some competition from Home Depot on Route 17. As for long lines going to the tenplex, my memory from going there was there was a long line for the x-men movie. CT users, what line was the longest to the theater in the history of this tenplex? I guess it was for the Star Wars movies.

memorious on August 22, 2010 at 8:21 am

Now that the Lowe’s Home Improvement store is under construction at the far end of the empty Tenplex parking lot, is there any update on the fate of the Tenplex itself? While exploring the site yesterday, I was depressed to realize that demolishing the empty Tenplex would improve the visibility of the Lowe’s to shoppers driving by on Route 4.

robboehm on May 30, 2010 at 9:22 am

Although the Century affiliation is alluded to in conjunction with RKO, it should be pointed out that Century originated this house; one of two ventures off Long Island, including the Richmond on Staten Island. I also saw an add for a Century’s Dayton (Ohio) but don’t know if was part of the East Coast Century chain or the West Coast one.

moviebuff82 on May 30, 2010 at 6:40 am

This year is the 45th birthday for the Route 4 theater. Anyone buying that vacant space? On Facebook, there are several groups that still mourn the tenplex when AMC built a new one to replace it and its sister theater. The plus side of having the replacement was that the Tenplex didn’t have stadium seating or a single floor for disabled people to go to several theaters. What was the first digital surround sound movie to play at this theater?

William on May 24, 2010 at 2:46 pm

It looks like in my last post around 1993, which was like the last year any studio did major 70MM releases. Most theatres took the Dolby MPU’s out of their sound racks and junked them. A MPU is needed to run Mag sound.

moviebuff82 on May 24, 2010 at 1:59 pm

And when did the Tenplex stop showing 70mm films?

moviebuff82 on May 24, 2010 at 11:57 am

For Dolby, did it have 5.1 EX when it came out in 1999? And for SDDS, did it have 8 channels or the 5.1?

William on May 24, 2010 at 11:55 am

Looking over the past posts above, it looks like the theatre had.
Ampex 35/70 for 35mm 4-Track & 70MM 6-Track magnetic Stereo
Dolby CP-100 for 70MM 6-Track Dolby Stereo (1977)
(Dolby CP-50, CP-55, CP-65)
Dolby A , SR and SRD

And from Michael’s 70MM in NYC list.


“2001: A Space Odyssey” Apr. 22, 1970

“Fiddler on the Roof” Jun. 21, 1972
“Man of La Mancha” Dec. 12, 1972

“Star Wars” (DOLBY) May 25, 1977
“Close Encounters of the Third Kind” Dec. 14, 1977

“Alien” May 25, 1979
“Star Wars” (Reissue) Aug. 15, 1979
“The Rose” Nov. 7, 1979

“The Empire Strikes Back” May 21, 1980
“Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (Reissue)

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” July 3, 1981

“Quest for Fire” Mar. 5, 1982
“Annie” May 21, 1982
“Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan” June 21, 1982
“TRON” Jul. 9, 1982

“Gandhi” Jan. 21, 1983
“Return of the Jedi” May 25, 1983
“Staying Alive” Jul. 15, 1983
“Brainstorm” Sep. 30, 1983
“The Right Stuff” Oct. 21, 1983

“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” May 23, 1984
“Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” Jun. 1, 1984
“Ghostbusters” June 8, 1984
“Starman” Dec. 14, 1984

“Return of the Jedi” (reissue) Mar. 29, 1985
“Cocoon” Jun. 21, 1985
“Silverado” Jul. 10, 1985
“White Nights” Nov. 22, 1985

“The Mission” Oct. 31, 1986
“Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” Nov. 26, 1986

“Stakeout” Aug. 5, 1987
“Empire of the Sun” Dec. 11, 1987

“Willow” May 20, 1988

“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” May 24, 1989
“Batman” Jun. 23, 1989
“The Abyss” Aug. 9, 1989

“Far and Away” May 22, 1992
“Hoffa” Dec. 25, 1992

“Last Action Hero” Jun. 18, 1993

moviebuff82 on May 17, 2010 at 12:24 pm

What sound systems did this theater have during its operation?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 17, 2010 at 12:20 pm

You guys had a great Theatre.I am glad to see it remembered so fondly.Great stories.

moviebuff82 on April 26, 2010 at 1:05 pm

I think so. Star Wars in the 70’s, E.T. in the 80’s, and Titanic in the 90’s. Between 2000 and 2007 it was Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Spider-Man that did really well.

memorious on April 26, 2010 at 11:16 am

I am reasonably certain it was the original STAR WARS. I was once talking with an older security guard in the Tenplex who told me that it opened there on May 25, 1977 and was still playing in December.

moviebuff82 on April 24, 2010 at 2:43 pm

During the theater’s lifespan, what movie held the record for longest run?

moviebuff82 on March 19, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Could you imagine if AMC extended its lease on this theater and allowed an IMAX digital in theater 1? That would be bad. It was time for AMC to shut down the place because it was aging and Paramus was ready for a new movie theater instead of having two theaters run by the same chain. The AMC Garden State 16 improved on that by having an easy to use location without going to either theater. Unlike this theater, the succesor has had its fare share of problems, from overcrowding to evacuations to outages. The passing of this theater is to Paramus what the Showboat was to Edgewater and the Loews plexes in Secaucus to Kerasotes.

TLSLOEWS on February 11, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Another one gone.

JeffreyM on January 4, 2010 at 4:23 am

The building is standing, but has been vacant for over two and a half years.

moviebuff82 on December 31, 2009 at 11:20 am

whoever changed the name of the theater’s listing should be thankful. BTW, is the building gone for good?

fred1 on November 25, 2009 at 9:17 am

yes It was under the AMC Lowes banner but it was under the cineplax oseaon brand