Cineplex Odeon Route 17 Triplex

85 South Route 17,
Paramus, NJ 07652

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Cineplex Odeon Route 17 Triplex - 2002

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.

Contributed by Cinema Treasures

Recent comments (view all 116 comments)

hotwaterbottle on May 23, 2017 at 8:13 pm

moviebuff82, what are you talking about? The trailers were part of the regular show, just like they are today. Your comment about paying a separate fee just to see a trailer is incorrect. Also, most people did not consider this theatre to be a grindhouse. I suggest giving your opinions more thought before posting them.

moviebuff82 on August 30, 2017 at 10:56 pm

The rolling stones concert movie “Let’s Spend the Night Together” was shown in 70mm here for a limited run back in 82.

moax429 on August 30, 2017 at 11:34 pm

I remember seeing “Star Wars, Episode IV” along with “The Empire Strikes Back” on the same program (an exclusive to the NYC area) when I moved to Saddle River, New Jersey in June 1983.

Other films I saw at the Route 17 Triplex during my brief time in New Jersey were: “War Games” (1983) “2010” (1984) The 1985 rerelease of “Gremlins” (1984); that would be the last film I would see at this theater.

When I made a return visit to the area in September 1986, I remember the Route 17 had the original “Independence Day” and the rerelease of Walt Disney’s 1988 animated film “Oliver and Company.” I don’t remember what the other film they screened in the other auditorium was.

Sad to see the Route 17 Triplex is gone. But the AMC Garden State Plaza is definitely a worthy successor; when I returned for another visit in September 2014, my best lady friend (who never saw New York City before, but loved it afterward) and I saw “No Good Deed” there. A very pleasant experience.

moviebuff82 on September 29, 2017 at 8:52 pm

THe rerelease was in 1996, moax429. Independence Day was a carryover from the Tenplex, as was Oliver and Company. I saw Oliver when it was reissued and before that at the Allwood in Clifton. It came around the same time as Land Before Time, which was a better movie. ID4 I saw in Secaucus Meadow six. I saw James and the Giant Peach at the Cinema 35 during that year too.

moax429 on September 29, 2017 at 11:57 pm

I meant 1996. I guess I pressed the wrong key on my keyboard.

Thanks very much, moviebuff82.

RGAMCRegal on March 2, 2018 at 3:16 pm

I remember this theater. It was pretty much a meh.

shthead on May 15, 2018 at 7:47 pm

I got to see Return of the Jedi, a movie that had the best happy ending of all time—outside of a porn theater—on opening day, 5/25/83. Unfortunately, the fact that the bad guys are in charge again in The Force Awakens nullifies the ending of ROTJ.

MSC77 on June 11, 2018 at 9:14 am

shthead: “Return of the Jedi” played at the Route 4, not here.

shthead on June 24, 2018 at 1:42 pm

MSC77: are you sure? I vaguely remember the tile work out front, although you could be 100% correct.

MSC77 on June 24, 2018 at 4:34 pm

shthead: I’m sure any of the numerous Cinema Treasures members who reside(d) in Northeren New Jersey can chime in and offer a confirmation. I reside on the west coast and the only evidence I can offer is what I’ve seen in trade reports and newspaper promotion that were referenced for the many historical articles I’ve written on the movie in question. I’m sure if the newspaper ads were wrong they would’ve been corrected within a day or two and couldn’t possibly have remained wrong day after day for the many months the movie played there.

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