AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex

260 E. Highway 4,
Paramus, NJ 07652

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William on May 24, 2010 at 10:46 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 9:59 pm

And when did the Tenplex stop showing 70mm films?

moviebuff82 on May 24, 2010 at 7:57 pm

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 7:55 pm

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 8:24 pm

What sound systems did this theater have during its operation?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 17, 2010 at 8:20 pm

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

moviebuff82 on April 26, 2010 at 9:05 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 7:16 pm

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 10:43 pm

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

moviebuff82 on March 19, 2010 at 9:01 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 12, 2010 at 1:06 am

Another one gone.

JeffreyM on January 4, 2010 at 12:23 pm

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

moviebuff82 on December 31, 2009 at 7:20 pm

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 5:17 pm

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

larry on November 25, 2009 at 4:00 pm

I do not think this theater was ever an AMC Loews.

There is an AMC within the Garden State Shopping center.

I believe you have mixed up the names of the places in the heading.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 25, 2009 at 9:05 am

The 1966 Boxoffice article about the single-screen Stanley Warner Route 4 Theatre with photos showing Drew Eberson’s original design as executed is currently available online. In addition to the article, a photo of the theater’s lobby appeared as the frontispiece of the issue’s Modern Theatre section.

Also, what’s the deal with the word “Primus” in the current name given above? Sure, Primus is one of my favorite groups, but what have they to do with Paramus, New Jersey?

95Crash on November 16, 2009 at 2:39 pm

The fitness/health club plans supposedly fell through because the company wanted to install an indoor swimming pool, and the town was against it. The latest I’m hearing is it might be another car dealership. … But it is all hearsay at this point.

moviebuff82 on November 14, 2009 at 8:00 pm

I don’t know. Maybe they’re building another store. Paramus has too much retail space and urban sprawl.

JeffreyM on September 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm

What is going on in the back of the parking lot? I see all sorts of construction going on there.

moviebuff82 on July 19, 2009 at 7:10 pm

This building should be quarantined by Paramus.

moviebuff82 on June 27, 2009 at 7:47 pm

1930sfun, Michael Jackson passed away. It’s a good thing he didn’t go to the newer theater, as the high prices would’ve spooked the King of Pop.

95Crash on June 12, 2009 at 4:46 am

I, too, recently saw the graffiti on the marque but was hesitant to mention it in here. I figured most people would just rather reminisce about the theater’s good ol' days. That being said, the building has been sitting there for two years now; no one seems to be caring for it. Desecration was bound to happen.

moviebuff82 on June 11, 2009 at 11:42 pm

boo!!! I think they should quarantine that building since it has bugs and mice eating up all the stale popcorn, candy, and sticky gum!!!

memorious on June 11, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Ugh…now there’s graffiti all over the blank marquee of this rapidly decaying structure… You stay classy, Paramus!