AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex

260 E. Highway 4,
Paramus, NJ 07652

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Christophersepp on August 7, 2007 at 4:00 am

Actually, what I should have said was: if only I knew about the closing early enough to get something accomplished. The article in the paper didn’t cover the situation from a sympathetic angle, and the writer I spoke with forget to put the website in the article, so most people thought it was a written petition. All the politicians I spoke to gave me lip service, but what else is new in New Jersey. We have the highest taxes in the country, property/state income/sales tax, and yet the Jets/Giants/Devils get state money and millions in tax incentives to build new stadiums/arenas that no one wanted, especially in Newark of all places. Why I foolishly thought a NJ politician would have helped out in this situation is beyond me.

Christophersepp on August 7, 2007 at 3:53 am

Most, if not all, of the Tenplex employees were offered jobs at the new theater, but turned them down. I, and all of my friends and family, will never go see a movie at the new theater, so I can understand why they wouldn’t want to work there. For a lot of the employees of the Tenplex I spoke to, it wasn’t just a job, it was like a second home. It’s kind of the same feeling a lot of us patrons had for it over the past 30+ years or so. I’m still really disappointed because I had two independent theater owners interested in leasing the property, but when AMC let the lease go, the owners of the property leased it to a company who will eventually turn it into an extension of the newer Bergen Mall. If only I acted faster.

JeffreyM on August 7, 2007 at 12:27 am

No, he was an elderly I think asian man.

On another unrelated note:

I did ask the manager (the one with the grey hair and grey walrus moustace)at the TenPlex whether he’d be working at AMC16 and he said no.

moviebuff82 on August 7, 2007 at 12:16 am

is that ticket taker named Monika? I saw her last afternoon and she tore only one ticket instead of the two. She was very nice and courteous.

JeffreyM on August 7, 2007 at 12:12 am

The only former Tenplex employee that I recognize @ the new AMC 16 is a very friendly ticket taker.

moviebuff82 on August 6, 2007 at 8:26 pm

When will the tenplex be gutted down? I haven’t heard anything in the Record or on News 12. Also, did some of the security guards from the old tenplex move over into the new AMC, along with its employees. I’ve seen most of the new ones at the new location to be young and a bit unskilled.

JeffS on July 23, 2007 at 11:14 pm

You can be certain it will be demolished. That was already in the cards as has been said before. The “when” is the only question. A Wal-mart? I doubt it. Land plot not big enough, and traffic is already atrocious on Rt 4. There’s already a Wal-Mar on Rt 46 in Saddle Brook (incidentally on the plot of the old Rt 46 Drive-In). I also don’t think Wal-Mart would be interested in another store that can only stay open 6 days a week.

moviebuff82 on July 23, 2007 at 10:13 pm

well i guess that the tenplex will be demolished or transformed into a walmart!

95Crash on July 23, 2007 at 9:50 pm

The building’s windows were boarded up over the last few days. I first noticed it on Friday July 20.

moviebuff82 on July 22, 2007 at 7:06 pm

when I used to live in clifton, the library had past issues of all the local papers showing the movie listings for the tenplex, mostly NY Times, Bergen Record. To date, the only CO locations that survive as AMCs are two: The Newport Centre theater in Jersey City and the Menlo Park mall theater in Edison. Both of them could never match the longevity of the tenplex, which had better sound and picture equipment than those two.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on July 7, 2007 at 12:48 pm

You can find listings for the Stanley Warner in the Bergen Record. The Hackensack Public Library has all the issues on microfilm, in the basement.

movieguru2007 on July 7, 2007 at 6:37 am

Does anyone remember which NJ newspaper(s) had movie listings for this theater before 1972? The Newark Star Ledger only goes back until 1972.

NJtoTX on July 1, 2007 at 1:22 am

Unfortunately, all I remember about the Stanley Warner was waiting in a long snaking line that wound way back into the parking lot for well over an hour in 1977 for Star Wars. There aren’t many movies I hate with a passion, but that tops the list. Always preferred the Century at the Garden State Plaza.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 30, 2007 at 6:21 am

Thanks to Michael Coate and Bill Kallay, here’s the answer to Movieguru’s question:

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I guess “Marriage on the Rocks” was the actual first movie screened, even though it was a one-time-only engagement. My friend and frequent poster Jeff S. owns a 35mm print of that film. I’d like to think it was the same one that opened the Stanley Warner that night in 1965.

movieguru2007 on June 30, 2007 at 5:59 am

Does anyone know when exactly this movie theater opened and what the first movie it played was?

photoman1001 on June 20, 2007 at 8:51 pm

I bet it does, I have to settle for IMAX.

JeffS on June 20, 2007 at 8:45 pm

Magnetic sound still lives in my home theater, the 35mm version anyway, and it sounds glorious.

photoman1001 on June 20, 2007 at 8:35 pm

thanks Justin.. lol.. 100-plex with a fast food resturant in each one!

William.. thanks for the info, I do miss 70mm and magnetic sound.

William on June 20, 2007 at 8:12 pm

photoman1001, The Dolby CP-65 can run mag 70MM with a Dolby MPU unit set-up. But when Star Wars came out it was only the Dolcy CP-100 as the processor.

moviebuff82 on June 20, 2007 at 8:06 pm

thanks for the info. BTW, nice photos. Maybe in the future when the GSP 16 closes to make room for a 100-plex you can take pictures of that one!!!

photoman1001 on June 20, 2007 at 8:01 pm

William.. you might be right about the dolby. The magnetic system was thrown out long ago. But I do remember pushing the buttons on that unit forever. I will check with one of the projectionists that was a tech. That unit was around for magnetic sound though.

Justin.. The ‘stadium seating’ in theaters 4 & 5 was a result of consolidation. It was a balcony in the original theater design. As far as I can remember it was the only theater I was ever in that had seating like that.
The only theater that I missed was theater 6. It was running at the time I was there taking the pictures.

moviebuff82 on June 20, 2007 at 7:48 pm

photoman1001, some of the theaters, such as four and five, have stadium seating. Were they the first stadium seating theaters to be formed out of the old one-screen theater to be located in Bergen County? BTW, you missed out on some theaters, such as #6.

William on June 20, 2007 at 4:40 pm

photoman1001, in your photo marked Sound-theater-one. You put the caption “That Dolby unit is the original one that played the 70MM Star War.”

That Dolby processor looks like a Dolby CP-65 unit, which was introduced in August 1991 from Dolby. The only Dolby processor that could handle 70MM Dolby 6-Track Mag Stereo available back in 1977 was the Dolby CP-100 with a Dolby MPU-1 and a Dolby 364 for Noise Reduction for the surrounds and a Dolby SRA-4 for the surrounds.

That pictures shows the theatre could handle Dolby SRD and DTS but no magnetic stereo sound. The other sound system must be long gone.

JeffS on June 20, 2007 at 4:29 pm

They went to the AMC 16 at the GSP :)

photoman1001 on June 20, 2007 at 4:16 pm

where did everyone go?