Cineplex Odeon Route 17 Triplex

85 South Route 17,
Paramus, NJ 07652

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MSC77 on June 24, 2018 at 10:34 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.

shthead on June 24, 2018 at 7:42 am

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

MSC77 on June 11, 2018 at 3:14 am

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

shthead on May 15, 2018 at 1:47 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.

RGAMCRegal on March 2, 2018 at 9:16 am

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

moax429 on September 29, 2017 at 5:57 pm

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

Thanks very much, moviebuff82.

moviebuff82 on September 29, 2017 at 2:52 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 August 30, 2017 at 5:34 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 August 30, 2017 at 4:56 pm

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

hotwaterbottle on May 23, 2017 at 2:13 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.

Coate on May 10, 2017 at 5:38 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 on May 8, 2017 at 7:39 pm

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

moviebuff82 on May 4, 2017 at 1:27 pm

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.

Coate on February 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm

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

hotwaterbottle on February 23, 2017 at 12:34 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 2:26 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 6:19 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 1:44 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.

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Michael R. Rambo Jr. on August 8, 2014 at 6:44 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 5:14 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 9:28 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 6:42 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 5:33 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 2:34 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 2:28 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.