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Over the years my family & I saw “Windjammer,” “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World” and “How the West Was Won” at the Clairidge. It was always a special treat. For some reason I also went there on school trips to see “My Fair Lady” and a reissue of “Gone With the Wind.”
For a few years it was a New Year’s Eve tradition for my family to go to the Century Paramus. On that evening the theater would show the regular feature and then follow it with a sneak preview. The only movie I remember from that tradition was “The Great Race.” Occasionally my friends & I would be dropped off at a matinee there as well. I think we saw a Bond movie or two there (with Sean Connery, of course), & I definitely recall seeing “The Glass Bottom Boat.”
My brother & I went to many Saturday “kiddie” matinees in the early 60s, left there while my parents did their shopping at the mall. The films were usually a few cartoons and a B horror or scifi movie with a western thrown in every once in awhile. I once won a winter parka when they did a ticket stub drawing – the ONLY time in my life that I’ve ever won anything. :)
Saw my first Bond film (“Goldfinger”) at the Warner just after I turned 13. Many of the biblical epics of the late 50s/early 60s showed there, so there’s a good chance that “Ben-Hur” was one of them.
I was one of those snack bar college kids (actually, college-bound as it was the summer of 1970, just before I headed off to my freshman year). That was summer of “The Dunwich Horror,” “Woodstock” (the movie) and the unforgettable “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.” I always felt sorry for the snack bar patrons as unsold hot dogs and hamburgers were usually put in the walk-in cooler and reheated & served the next day. As for the confusion about whether the theater was located in Ramsey or Upper Saddle River, it was located on a small bump of USR that’s separated from the rest of the town by Route 17.
Here’s a photo from 1964: