AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex

260 E. Highway 4,
Paramus, NJ 07652

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moviebuff82 on May 30, 2007 at 11:24 am

Which sound formats did this theater have? I guess most of them anyway.

PeterApruzzese on May 30, 2007 at 8:48 am


I think MBD is referring to the original Theatre One, which was chopped up sometime after 1983 (I don’t know when, but it was after Return of the Jedi and before Blue Velvet).

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 30, 2007 at 8:43 am

Referring to what MBD said: I didn’t know the big auditorium had been divided in half. When did that happen? I saw “The Phantom Menace” there in 1999 (the first digital presentation) and it looked intact to me. Although I realize a lot of bad things can happen to a very large theater in the course of 8 years.

mdvoskin on May 30, 2007 at 6:45 am

I too will miss The Stanley Warner. Having grown up in the area, I saw countless movies there and at the Century’s Paramus (before it became a triplex). Unfortunately, there is nothing left of historical note to make it worth saving. Even with economics aside, what would be the point. The marble walls and art deco decor is long gone. To me, the theatre closed the day they walled up the balcony, and it was demolished the day they chopped the big auditorium in half.

JeffS on May 30, 2007 at 5:46 am

Hey, don’t shoot the messenger. I’m not the only one that is speaking the truth, and have the same memories you do, so please don’t single me out. Theaters have become a cut throat business. Studios want to make their investments back in one or two weekends, not months or years anymore. Show it, reap the cash, destroy the prints. That’s how it works. Exhibition companies will do what it takes to draw people away from the home theaters. In the 50’s it was the studios that fought TV with CinemaScope, Cinerama, Stereo Sound, 3D, and VistaVision. Today it’s the exhibitors leading that charge.

I also don’t believe I ever told anyone to “get over it”.

photoman1001 on May 30, 2007 at 5:27 am

Jeff S… we all know that the theater is old. We all know that it will never go back to its original state. We do know that we will miss the memories of the place. That is what this site is for, so stop telling us to get over it.

Christophersepp on May 29, 2007 at 6:47 pm

A lot of the above posters have some really good ideas in relation to what the Tenplex could become. Now, if only the borough would step in to foster those kinds of cultural investments, instead of more retail. Remember, even though AMC owns the property, it’s still ruled over by Paramus. In other words, if they don’t want it zoned for retail, they can step in and say it’s not happening. I still don’t know how the Bergen Mall would extend across the road, but that’s what I’ve heard. I’m not sure how true that is. The Tenplex might not be as nice as it once once, but it’s still far from a dump. In relation to the above comment about families frequenting the GSP theater, most won’t. Everyone I’ve spoken to who has children has said they will probably go to the Secaucus 6 or 8 instead of the mall due to the ease of parking and lack of traffic. I’m sure the GSP theater will do best with the teens who frequent the mall, as spoken about above, with their neverending cell phone conversations and talking through the movies. I know the Willowbrook AMC, while not actually connected to the mall, doesn’t get the amount of families as the older theaters, like Cinema 46 did. It’s all teens and preteens there, which is why I avoid it like the plague. Peter, thanks for the link to AMC investor relations.

JeffS on May 29, 2007 at 3:40 pm

I sent a message to the administrators to change it to “Closed”

JeffS on May 29, 2007 at 3:34 pm

I said that last week. It appears to be an administrative function.

moviebuff82 on May 29, 2007 at 3:27 pm

Someone should change the status of this theater to closed…it’s not open anymore.

longislandmovies on May 29, 2007 at 3:24 pm

This is a dead issue..this will never reopen…

JeffS on May 29, 2007 at 3:16 pm

Pete said: “…and lose a fortune :)”

And he’s correct. Sorry, but it IS all about the money, and good money isn’t going to be thrown out for bad. Not by a company like AMC.

Folks, the building’s 40 years old! You can be sure it has infrastructure problems by this point in time. It would cost a million+ dollars to tear away the other sections and refurbish it to a single screen house. And for what? Art films? Where is that money going to come from? You had “Cinema 35” (Rt 4 west, just before Rt 17) on the other side of the highway for years, it didn’t survive. It showed films like this.

I’m sorry to sound so negative, but that’s the realities of the economics.

And how is this expansion of the Bergen mall going to stretch around the back of the Shop Rite, and go down a hill to connect with the old Texplex property? There is a significant change of grade between those two lots. Don’t forget the auto dealer there too, and Toys R Us.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 29, 2007 at 2:52 pm

John J. Fink said:

With that said, I think Paramus could support an art theater.

The Mall Theater in the Bergen Mall was a top quality art house for many years. I remember seeing “To Sir, With Love” there in 1967 and having to sit separately from the rest of my family because the place was so crowded.

moviebuff82 on May 29, 2007 at 2:35 pm

You’re right, Mr. Fink. What about a cinema/museum hybrid? That would be really cool.

John Fink
John Fink on May 29, 2007 at 2:30 pm

AMC will never reopen the tenplex – it will just never happen, unless this thing becomes part of a larger project (such as the redevolopment of the Bergen Mall). Secondly, as much as I liked the Tenplex back in the Cineplex Oden days (I never visted in the RKO days) – the new theater is pretty good – one of the best multiplexes around in terms of screen size and comfort. It’s an improvement over the current state of the Tenplex. Although I think it’s location will bring in more kids with “nothing better to do” which is never good (look at the morons walking around GSP with their cell phones and imagine them in a cinema)

With that said, I think Paramus could support an art theater. 10 screens is maybe about 5 or 6 too many for an art theater (given these large theaters) so I think if the original 5 were some how saved, including Theater 1 and the remander of the building featured a bar, a cafe, or some additional venue with live performance, and maybe an art gallery – that would be the way to go. In fact thats something Paramus should look in to, aquiring the building as an art theater/alternative space – almost like SOPAC in South Orange or Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT. AMC has no interest in this kind of thing, as nice as the new 16-plex is they lack the inovation to offer these kinds of ammenities. Someone like National Amusements (which has the best theater in the county – Edgewater Multiplex, which has a decent track record of showing indie films – I saw Y Tu Mama Tombien, The Host, Notes on a Scandal, Waitress, and several other indies there) might collaberate with a non for profit on this type of center. But look at the new upscale plexes that AMC has opened, none of have lounges with full kitchens in them like National’s Cinema De Lux sites do. Regal and AMC aren’t interested in this sort of business model whereas National, Marcus Theaters, Landmark, Mann Theaters, and Muvico are looking on ways to drag people out of the house by making movie going a high end experience. That’s the way to save the tenplex, completly set it apart from the sixteen at GSP.

PeterApruzzese on May 29, 2007 at 2:25 pm

…and lose a fortune :)

moviebuff82 on May 29, 2007 at 2:12 pm

I agree with you. It would be interesting if I would go to the Route 4 theater when it gets restored to its single screen glory. Sell all the other equipment except the 70mm/35mm projector, then play films in all sound and film formats known to man. Keep the tickets cheap (at opening day prices when the theater was first introduced in 1965), make the seats stadium seating rather than the old-style seating, and show nothing but classic trailers and films, not that AMC moviewatcher crap!!! For concessions, they should bring out the goodies: popcorn, candy, and soda as opposed to the massive food menu that AMC provides. And no Moviewatcher rewards, that takes up a lot of time and money!!! Online ticketing is a must as shows might get sold out. Rename it AMC Route 4 Palace.

photoman1001 on May 29, 2007 at 1:12 pm

Sorry I over reacted. What AMC should do is: take down theaters 6-10, remove the center divider down 4 and 5 and make it one theater again. It would have true stadium seating, remember it was a balcony! Remove 2 and 3 and make theater one big again like you said. That would be a partial circle of life. That would be a true “Showplace”. We have an old theater up here where I live and they play OLD movies there every now and again, they sell out every time.

JeffS on May 29, 2007 at 1:10 pm

I did forget to say that the Stanley Warner Rt 4 SINGLE SCREEN Theater WAS a showplace in every sense of the word. Even when it was a triplex it was still a showplace. For me it lost it when the other theaters started being added on.

JeffS on May 29, 2007 at 1:06 pm

Yes, Pete, you are partially correct. AMC is going for the “showplace” appeal. Look at the Loews’s Jersey. That’s “showplace appeal”. No different then as it is today. AMC I’m sure feels the old stand-alone location isn’t worth putting any money into. It is after all a 40 year old building that has seen it’s glory days, and served everyone well. The mall has more traffic, and coupled with the new food wing, will attract families. I can understand their logic. Money people, it’s all about the money.

JeffS on May 29, 2007 at 1:02 pm

No, the words were properly chosen from the AMC point of view (not mine). I’ve been going to the Tenplex since 1968. I remember the single Cinerama screen. I sat in row 1 to be given the headache of my life from watching 2001. I saw lots of movies there, and enjoyed them all. I saw Star Wars there on day one, show one. I have the same memories you do.

To AMC the place is a stand-alone, old, dump.

And yes, AMC is ONLY interested in the money. I keep wondering why people forget that EVERYTHING is only about the money. AMC feels they will more than recoup their investment in the new location, and you know what? They probably will.

We no longer live in a world where a film plays exclusive in one theater for 3 months or more before going into general release. Todays it’s break it out on 5,000 screens all at once and make it all back in two weekends. Sad, but true. Let’s not also forget the quality and kind of movies being made either.

PeterApruzzese on May 29, 2007 at 12:58 pm

I’m pretty sure JeffS was being sarcastic about the “newer = better” mentality. If they fixed up the Tenplex (mostly by restoring Theatre One to its original size), it would be a “showplace”.

moviebuff82 on May 29, 2007 at 12:55 pm

On days when the mall closes, the only place hopping will be the AMC and the restaurants. ‘Nuff said.

photoman1001 on May 29, 2007 at 12:49 pm

I prefer Schneider lenses myself. You should watch your choice of words. The old ‘dump’ was a showplace. I remember it was good enough for special screenings of movies. When it was ran by real movie companys, it had curtains over the screens, colored lights, intermissions etc.. It wasnt run like a fast food Restaurant that played movies on the side. So is AMC’s new theater a ‘showplace’ or just a ‘cash cow’. Oh thats right… its attached to a mall.. hum.