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.

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hotwaterbottle
hotwaterbottle on April 25, 2006 at 1:59 pm

Yes, believe it or not, the Bergen Mall was the first mall in the area, predating the GSP by about 3 years. The cinema was located outside, with no entry from inside the mall. They did show films not easy to see, unless you lived in NYC, like Twinkle, Twinkle Killer Kane, The Last Wave,The Man Who Fell To Earth, etc. I recall the theatre was rather nice inside, with the entrance being in the middle of the theatre, along the right side of the wall. Unusual.
Today these is absolutely no trace that there was ever a theatre there. Also, there was never a marquee outside the theatre, either.

JMags
JMags on July 28, 2007 at 8:58 am

Good article in today’s Bergen Record about the BERGEN MALL.
7/28/07

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on April 13, 2008 at 7:45 am

Nowadays you could find an art house film playing at the Garden State 16 under the AMC Select banner. As for the bergen mall theater, it was to Paramus what the Clairidge is to Montclair today.

CConnolly1
CConnolly1 on March 30, 2009 at 4:40 am

The Bergen Mall has recently (kind of) “reopened” and it’s actually very nice. As I posted on the site for the Garden State Plaza 16, Paramus is big enough and attracts enough of a crowd that another (perhaps smaller) theater could do well. For reasons I can only guess at, the Plaza 16 never seems to show any unusual (read: “art”) films like the Palisades Center does sometimes. I assume it is because the Palisades has 21 screens vs. the Plaza’s 16. Considering this, it would’ve been cool if they’d opened a smallish multi screen theater at this mall perhaps to handle movies that the Plaza wouldn’t or couldn’t run.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 19, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Boxoffice of April 25, 1960, has a rendering of the Mall Theatre and says that it was being designed by architect Drew Eberson.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Described in this 1960 trade article: Boxoffice

pschultze
pschultze on August 7, 2012 at 4:27 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 5:23 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 9:24 am

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 4:32 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.

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