Paramus Drive-In

Route 4,
Paramus, NJ 07652

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Paramus Drive-In

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Opened in 1948, this drive-in existed well into the 1960’s. The theater has been demolished and is now a parking lot for a shopping center.

Any additional information on this theater would be greatly appreciated.

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teecee
teecee on March 4, 2007 at 11:40 am

another post card from the 50s or 60s:
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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on March 4, 2007 at 11:59 am

Years after the theater closed, the movies are returning to the Plaza in a much different form, this time a 16-plex slated to open in the spring of this year. When that happens, I will post the Garden State 16 on this site. Hopefully it will be much better than the aging Route 4 Tenplex, which has outlasted all of its nearby cinema competition (Paramus Picture Show, Route 17 Triplex, and Bergen Mall) as the most popular multiplex in Paramus.

Jetslinda
Jetslinda on July 23, 2008 at 5:20 pm

The Paramus Drive In closed in 1987. The last movie there was a double feature, Crocodile Dundee and the Untouchables.

springfieldD
springfieldD on May 10, 2009 at 11:14 pm

The Paramus Drive-in was closed for the first half of the 1970s. It reopened around 1977. The great feature when it reopened was that instead of attaching a speaker to your car, you could tune in to the movie on your car radio. This was great for the local teens because we used to hang out in the woods behind the theater. We would bring our beers and of course a portable radio, watch some great movies and drink our brewskies without worrying about getting hassled.
In the summer of 79, the theater began having midnight showings of rock movies. This brought in a lot of young, drunk moviegoers. I don’t think this even lasted the whole summer because of the problems with drinking, drug use and fights. Tragedy struck when a teenage moviegoer was hit and killed by a car on his way home from one of these shows. It was after this summer that the theater really began to go down hill as far as maintenance.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on April 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Sfldd, was this on Route 17 or Route 4 or another highway when this happened?

springfieldD
springfieldD on April 23, 2011 at 7:19 am

It happened on Plaza Way.

JonLevi
JonLevi on April 26, 2012 at 7:02 pm

I’m glad you guys are talking about this. My Grandfather owned the land at present day Garden State Plaza where the former Paramus Drive-In Movie sits. One day back in the 30’s my grandfather was sitting on this land wondering what to do with it. Family legend has it that he struck on the idea of an outdoor movie theater there not because it’s a great idea to have an outdoor theater. But because back then the tax collecting authorities (IRS?) collected taxes only for the square footage of the building that exists on the land. What a lightbulb of an idea, put a small shack with a projector in it and a screen on the other end and collect the profits with little overhead and taxation. Fits the adage, you build it, the rest shall come. We have the books from the 30’s onto the 50’s, he was making money HAND OVER FIST with little taxation. Ironically by the 50’s he got out of the business because the profits were declining and the tax structure changed. He then went into the motel/hotel business. If anybody reads this, and have pictures, I would love to have copies as I have none. Please inbox me at .

jwmovies
jwmovies on November 7, 2012 at 5:57 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 94 New Jersey 4.

gkc333
gkc333 on June 1, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Looking for the owners name during the late 70’s early 80’s
daughters name is debbie

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