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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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.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 11, 2016 at 7:07 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 6:45 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 8:29 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 10:48 am

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 11:30 am

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 5:40 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.

moax429
moax429 on August 15, 2017 at 1:49 pm

I remember seeing “The Natural” starring Robert Redford at this theater in the summer of 1984 (I believe that was the second – or third – film released by the then-fledgling TriStar Pictures, now a division of Sony).

If I remember correctly, this auditorium had what I thought was a precursor of stadium-style seating. Very unique.

Too bad there wasn’t anything else playing here I liked until I left Jersey in June 1986; I was almost about to see “The Purple Rose of Cairo” in the spring of 1985 when it played at the Mall, but I wasn’t able to because of time and money. I was then completing my junior year of college at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck right down Route 4; I returned to the area in September 1985 and the first movie I saw upon returning was an encore of “Back to the Future” at Cinema 35, itself down the street from the Mall but going west (see my comment about that at the listing for Cinema 35).

Sad both of these theaters are now history.

moax429
moax429 on August 17, 2017 at 4:27 pm

I forgot – Cinema 35 is listed here on Cinema Treasures as “Paramus Picture Show.”

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on August 30, 2017 at 2:58 pm

Yup. This theater sometimes had a mix of commercial and indie movies during its long run.

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