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
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???

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.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on August 30, 2017 at 2:56 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
moax429 on August 30, 2017 at 3:34 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
moviebuff82 on September 29, 2017 at 12:52 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
moax429 on September 29, 2017 at 3:57 pm

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

Thanks very much, moviebuff82.

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