Cineplex Odeon Route 17 Triplex

85 South Route 17,
Paramus, NJ 07652

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Cineplex Odeon Route 17 Triplex - 2002

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Opened in 1965 in in the waning days of the RKO-Stanley-Warner circuit, the theatre was originally known as Century’s Paramus Theatre, later renamed the RKO Stanley Warner Triplex.

In its later years, this hard top box was run by Century Theatres which once had a strong presence in the New York metropolitan area.

Every chain that once occupied the theatre is still represented on the theater’s signage with the facade bearing the name "RKO Century Paramus Theatres".

The theatre was operated by Cineplex Odeon (Loews Cineplex) in its later years. The Stanley-Warner name can still be seen in the entrance of this shopping center cinema which is at the junction of Routes 4 and 17 in Paramus.

A true "Cinema Treasure"? Maybe not. But with 70mm projection and a dated, throwback quality, the Cineplex Odeon Route 17 was a reminder of a less glamourous but rapidly vanishing world in which two, three, and four-screen theatres ruled the moviegoing landscape.

The Route 17 was closed in January 2006 and demolished in May 2007.

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hotwaterbottle on April 20, 2011 at 9:15 am

Yes. It was a big white brick structure with the entrance facing Rt. 17. It was a stone’s throw away from the candy maker you mentioned.

lfreimauer on April 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm

The place became so run down in it’s later years that it was amazing that it remained open for so long. A very shoddy theater before being closed.

John Fink
John Fink on April 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Worth noting is the theatre closed with the RKO Century name. Cineplex Odeon had never put their logo/name on the place. I suspect this was due to the fact the theatre had been considered in renderings of the plaza circa it’s 1996 expansion. I had first come here in the 1990’s. I believe Cineplex also had run a theatre at the then Bergen Mall in the late 80’s/very early 90’s. There was also a drive in next to the GSP (which is now a parking lot off Route 4 – on the far right near Nordstrom).

hotwaterbottle on April 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Larry is absolutely right. The 2 bottom theatres would stink of dampness & mildew after a rain. Many of the auditorium lights were blown out, leaving it to feel truly like a big, dark cave. The outside metalwork was largely left to rust. My main gripe with this place was the seats were all positioned to have patrons facing the center of the screen, which was fine when it was one screen. As soon as the wall went up the seats remained the same, leaving you to twist yourself into uncomfortable positions to watch the film. The upper balcony was the best of all 3 screens, as it was mostly left untouched and you got a sense of how big the place originally was.

moviebuff82 on April 22, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Imagine if they auctioned off the famous Century signage on the building on Ebay….that would cost a lot of money. Instead, they demolished the theater inside and out. It became an eyesore for commuters on Route 17 heading towards the GSP before its untimely demise. What sound systems did this theater use pre and post multiplexing?

William on August 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm

This theatre opened as Century’s Paramus Theatre. That should be added to the aka/previous names list.

pschultze on August 7, 2012 at 4:42 pm

For a few years it was a New Year’s Eve tradition for my family to go to the Century Paramus. On that evening the theater would show the regular feature and then follow it with a sneak preview. The only movie I remember from that tradition was “The Great Race.” Occasionally my friends & I would be dropped off at a matinee there as well. I think we saw a Bond movie or two there (with Sean Connery, of course), & I definitely recall seeing “The Glass Bottom Boat.”

Fizz1 on November 16, 2013 at 7:28 am

This theater was built in the late 50s, along with the Garden State Plaza, as a single screen theater, with a balcony. I believe it was divided into a twin sometime during the 60s, and the balcony was closed. It became a triple in the late 70s when a screen was added to the balcony.

I grew up in Rochelle Park in the 70s, less than a mile from this theater. During the summer I would ride my bike to the theater to see the matinee, which cost $1. Movies that I remember seeing here were Sleeper, Papillon, Spies Like Us and lots of other classic mid-70s movies.

During the 70s the theater was kept clean and in good repair, but it started to go downhill in the 80s. The last time I was there, late 90’s, the place was very dingy, run down, and the parking lot was more potholes than paving.

BTW, Hanna Krause Candy is still open for business in the same location.

moviebuff82 on August 8, 2014 at 3:14 pm

When the theater was demolished they repaved that spot for cars. BTW, Spies like Us was from 1985 not the 1970s, Fizz1.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on August 8, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Fizz1, The Boxoffice article link that Tinseltoes provided for this theatre is from 1966, not the late 50’s. The Plaza opened in 1957. there is also a picture on this page of the opening ad from 1965.

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