Mall Theatre

Spring Valley Avenue,
Paramus, NJ 07652

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CConnolly1
CConnolly1 on October 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm

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.

hotwaterbottle
hotwaterbottle on October 2, 2012 at 5:24 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 September 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm

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?

pschultze
pschultze on August 8, 2012 at 12:27 am

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. :)

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 16, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Described in this 1960 trade article: Boxoffice

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 20, 2010 at 4:55 am

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

CConnolly1
CConnolly1 on March 30, 2009 at 12:40 pm

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.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on April 13, 2008 at 3:45 pm

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.

JMags
JMags on July 28, 2007 at 4:58 pm

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

hotwaterbottle
hotwaterbottle on April 25, 2006 at 9:59 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.

teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 9:51 am

Listed as part of B.S. Moss Theatres in the 1970 FDY & 1976 International Motion Picture Almanac.

teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 8:39 am

Listed as a B.S. Moss Theatre in the 1985 International Motion Picture Almanac.

teecee
teecee on August 8, 2005 at 11:23 am

World-theatres.com lists the opening date as 1960.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 4, 2005 at 11:46 am

I think the Bergen Mall (and the Garden State Plaza) were among the first of their kind in the whole state. They’re the only malls I was ever aware of as a kid, so they were special places to me back then. Hard to believe nowadays, with thousands of malls having sprung up all over the place like weeds.

chconnol
chconnol on August 4, 2005 at 11:36 am

Strange to consider that in it’s heyday, this theater was pretty much an art house. Strange because the mall it’s located in is definately NOT associated with the type of crowd that would normally go to an “art” or foreign film. Was the Bergen Mall once considered upscale? I know they’re trying to turn it around but nowadays, it’s kind of a trashy place.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on July 26, 2005 at 2:28 pm

Here is an ad from when the Mall had the exclusive area showing of one of the biggest hits of 1967:

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I saw it there with 4 other people, and it was so crowded we had to split up and sit separately (first time I ever had to do that). Other films I saw here: “Swept Away”, “Seven Beauties”, “Days of Heaven”, “The Man Who Fell to Earth”.