Cineplex Odeon Route 17 Triplex

85 South Route 17,
Paramus, NJ 07652

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Cineplex Odeon Route 17 Triplex - 2002

Century’s Paramus Theatre opened as a single screen on June 30, 1965 with James Garner in “The Art of Love”. It was twinned on Octoner 29, 1971 in the waning days of the RKO-Stanley-Warner circuit. The theatre was 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 122 comments)

shthead on May 15, 2018 at 11:47 am

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 1:14 am

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

shthead on June 24, 2018 at 5:42 am

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

MSC77 on June 24, 2018 at 8:34 am

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.

rivest266 on November 11, 2018 at 2:31 pm

This opened on June 30th, 1965 and reopened as a twin cinema on October 29th, 1971. Grand opening ads in the photo section.

moviebuff82 on November 11, 2018 at 3:09 pm

When did a third screen get added? Any ad?

davidcoppock on November 16, 2018 at 1:26 am

Opened with “The art of love”. Opened as a twin (theatre 1) with “The touch” and “Take the money and run”, and(theatre 2) with “The Organization”.

PeterApruzzese on November 16, 2018 at 7:53 am

That Stanley Warner Triplex in that ad is the Route 4 theatre, not the Century Route 17 twin.

moviebuff82 on December 15, 2018 at 10:54 am

Superman made its debut here 40 years ago when it was a twin in Dolby Stereo.

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