Mall Theatre

Spring Valley Avenue,
Paramus, NJ 07652

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Mall Theatre

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This theatre was located in the Bergen Mall in Paramus NJ, one of the oldest malls in the United States. The theatre showed art films and foreign films, often in exclusive Bergen County engagements.

Contributed by Bill Huelbig

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pschultze
pschultze on August 7, 2012 at 7:27 pm

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. :)

CConnolly1
CConnolly1 on September 10, 2012 at 8:23 am

A couple of questions about this theater:

Was this theater located on the north (Route 4) or south side (Spring Valley Ave.)parking lots of the mall (or neither)?

What year did the theater close? I don’t see any mention in any of the comments about it?

hotwaterbottle
hotwaterbottle on October 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm

The theatre was located on the south side facing Spring Valley Ave. As you can see in the Boxoffice article, that’s how it looked on the outside. There was never a traditional marquee telling patrons what was playing anywhere outside the theatre. If I’m remembering correctly, the theatre closed sometime between 1987 and 1990.

CConnolly1
CConnolly1 on October 23, 2012 at 7:32 am

hotwaterbottle: thank you for answering my questions about exactly where the theater was located and when it closed. On that note: Paramus or the area of Bergen in general (Paramus, Fair Lawn, Rochelle Park, etc) could use another theater and the Bergen Mall’s location would be a good place. It likely would not detract much from the Garden State Plaza theater provided the movies shown were not exactly the same.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 11, 2016 at 10:07 pm

With next year’s opening of Regal’s theater in Paramus Park Mall, could Bergen Town Center get a new art house theater?

fred1
fred1 on June 12, 2016 at 9:45 am

Over saturation.Let just hope that Regal and AMC will show art and foreign shows in a couple of its theaters

jenyman
jenyman on July 4, 2016 at 11:29 pm

I worked there as an usher/ticket taker in the late 60’s. I remember filling the popcorn vending machine from huge plastic bags of stale already popped corn!

reluctantpopstar
reluctantpopstar on August 30, 2016 at 1:48 pm

Saw several shows there in the 70’s and 80’s including Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 4, 2017 at 2:30 pm

At one time RKO once owned the theater when they took over the venue from BS Moss before Cineplex Odeon closed it in the early 90s.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 8, 2017 at 8:40 pm

Nearly 35 years ago the John Carpenter remake of the Thing played here while Cinema 35 had E.T. and Stanley Warner had Blade Runner and Tron and Century had Rocky III.

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