Cineplex Odeon Route 17 Triplex

85 South Route 17,
Paramus, NJ 07652

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Coate on February 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm

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

hotwaterbottle on February 23, 2017 at 1:34 pm

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.

moviebuff82 on February 21, 2017 at 3:26 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.

moviebuff82 on January 10, 2017 at 7:19 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 on June 1, 2016 at 2:44 pm

more than 10 years ago this theater closed down and was demolished by the time the AMC at GSP opened. What a shame, since I always went to its sister theater more often than this place. It wasn’t better kept like the tenplex and sometimes had carry over movies from Route 4 as well as new movies that played at this theater that weren’t as popular as the Tenplex. Had AMC kept this place open it would’ve been a perfect venue for IMAX, AMC Prime, et al.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on August 8, 2014 at 7:44 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.

moviebuff82 on August 8, 2014 at 6:14 pm

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

Fizz1 on November 16, 2013 at 10:28 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.

pschultze on August 7, 2012 at 7:42 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.”

William on August 11, 2011 at 6:33 pm

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

moviebuff82 on April 22, 2011 at 3:34 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?

hotwaterbottle on April 22, 2011 at 3:28 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.

John Fink
John Fink on April 20, 2011 at 5:48 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).

lfreimauer on April 20, 2011 at 3:50 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.

hotwaterbottle on April 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm

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.

Johnnyecks on April 12, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Was this the theater that was right next to the chocolate maker on rt 17 by the mall?

moviebuff82 on August 22, 2010 at 11:32 am

I agree CConnoly1. They should’ve kept the theater open and converted all three screens into a giant IMAX screen theater. Too bad its successor has a smaller IMAX screen.

CConnolly1 on June 17, 2010 at 7:40 am

It amazes me that as late as December 1972, these kinds of reserved seat bookings were still going on. With the lack of theaters and the crowds that go to them (especially for an opening weekend for an “anticipated” film) you’d think they’d start this kind of thing up again. Why not? 3D is back…

moviebuff82 on April 24, 2010 at 5:44 pm

what movie had the longest run at this theater?

moviebuff82 on April 24, 2010 at 5:30 pm

next year marks 5 years since the theater was closed and nearly 5 years since the theater was demolished. I never been to this theater compared with the tenplex. This was the second theater to open near the plaza, as the first one was a drive-in theater that was Paramus' only drive-in.

moviebuff82 on May 24, 2009 at 10:18 pm

There’s an article in today’s Record that incorrectly states this theater as an example of abandoned real estate, since it wasn’t abandoned but demolished.

moviebuff82 on December 10, 2007 at 8:38 pm

yup. It didn’t take 55 years to build it, that’s just slang for the company’s founding in 1910. BTW, what was Century Theaters and how did it get its name? When that theater opened, was it the same size as what used to be a one-screener on Route 4? The garden state theater is much bigger than both combined!!!

JeffS on December 10, 2007 at 8:19 pm

Hmmm, it took 55 years to build it, one week to tear it down, and four weeks to cart it away. That must have been one lazy construction crew for sure! :)

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on December 10, 2007 at 8:07 pm

If you’re nostalgic for the Century … here’s an ad from July 1965 announcing the theatre’s opening.

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Notice what it says on the map at the bottom. That’s exactly what the Century’s site has now become: Ample Free Parking, Always!

moviebuff82 on December 4, 2007 at 4:38 pm

btw, how is parking where the old triplex used to be? Seems that more cars can go in there and get to the movies!!!