AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex

260 E. Highway 4,
Paramus, NJ 07652

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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.

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?