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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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on January 10, 2017 at 4:19 pm

This was the place to go to if you wanted to see 1982 hits such as Rocky III and The Wall in 70mm dolby stereo.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 21, 2017 at 12:26 pm

Nope but my dad did. Fiddler on the Roof was the first movie to be shown in 70mm here. Dick Tracy was the last movie to play in this format here in 1990.

hotwaterbottle
hotwaterbottle on February 23, 2017 at 10:34 am

It’s just a jump to the left….(to sidestep a question)

HD, I did see several 70mm films there and there was really no difference that I saw between 35mm and 70mm. The size of the screen remained the same for each, so no gain in screen size at all.

Coate
Coate on February 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm

moviebuff82… What is your source that “Pink Floyd: The Wall” played here in 70mm?

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 4, 2017 at 11:27 am

It didn’t play here in 70mm. Only in NYC, the ziegfield theater where it opened. It’s been ten years since the theater was demolished and became more parking. The first transformers movie, which was the 1986 cartoon, played here. If you count all the screens in paramus back then, that would be 16 screens.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 8, 2017 at 5:39 pm

Back then, most people would refer to this theater as the Century, while the theater on Route 4 was the Stanley Warner.

Coate
Coate on May 10, 2017 at 3:38 pm

moviebuff82: In your comment from January 10th you stated “Pink Floyd: The Wall” played here in 70mm, but now in your May 4th comment you’re stating it didn’t play here in 70mm. So which is it???

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 22, 2017 at 11:49 am

Most people consider this theater the grindhouse building while the Route 4 theater was the showcase theater. When Jedi played at the 7 plex the Route 17 twin had the original Star Wars and Empire. The first teaser for Jedi (when it was Revenge) played at this theater during an August 1982 reissue of A New Hope. Back then people had to pay money to see the trailer after or before the main movie.

hotwaterbottle
hotwaterbottle on May 23, 2017 at 12:13 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.

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