Paramus Drive-In

94 New Jersey 4,
Paramus, NJ 07652

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Paramus Drive-In

The Route 4 Drive-In was opened on August 19, 1947. In 1951 it was renamed Paramus Drive-In. This drive-in existed well into the 1960’s. The theatre has been demolished and is now a parking lot for a shopping center.

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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 on November 7, 2012 at 2:57 am

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

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 on May 4, 2017 at 11:28 am

Sometime in the late 1980s this theater closed down.

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.

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….

mpsheehy on May 15, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Anyone know when STAR WARS played there? That is where I saw it as a 3 year old…

rivest266 on November 5, 2018 at 2:46 pm

This opened on August 19th, 1947 as the Route 4 Drive-In. Grand opening ad posted

rivest266 on November 6, 2018 at 2:47 pm

Listings started as Paramus Drive-In starting in 1951.

moviebuff82 on July 18, 2019 at 4:45 pm

This was the first movie theater in Paramus to open in the area, followed by the mall theater, then the Route 4 and 17 theaters, then cinema 35, and currently AMC. Looks like regal might not have a theater in Paramus Park at all.

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