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 March 30, 2009 at 7:40 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 11:55 pm

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

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.

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