Paramus Drive-In

94 New Jersey 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.

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springfieldD
springfieldD on May 10, 2009 at 8:14 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 12:36 pm

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

springfieldD
springfieldD on April 23, 2011 at 4:19 am

It happened on Plaza Way.

JonLevi
JonLevi on April 26, 2012 at 4:02 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 2:57 am

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

gkc333
gkc333 on June 1, 2013 at 10:56 am

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

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 4, 2017 at 11:28 am

Sometime in the late 1980s this theater closed down.

Kenmore
Kenmore on May 4, 2017 at 9:05 pm

jwmovies is correct, the address is 94 New Jersey 4, Paramus, NJ.

Today, it is a large parking lot with no traces of the drive-in remaining. http://tinyurl.com/mw8cev8

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 8, 2017 at 5:41 pm

One can take 4 up to 17 up to upstate NY and go to warwick for a true drive-in….

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