Paramus Picture Show

65 Route 4 West,
Paramus, NJ 07652

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Paramus Picture Show

Located in Paramus' Plaza 35 strip mall near the intersection of Route 4 and Route 17, the theatre was built for the Jerry Lewis Cinemas chain, but they never operated it. It opened under independent management in December 1973. After a 1983-early-1990’s stint as a UA and as a sub-run bargain house, the theatre gained independent ownership and, on July 25, 1997, began billing itself as Bergen County’s only showcase for independent and foreign language films.

Despite the efforts of ownership, the new format didn’t succeed in holding off the multi-plex competition. After showcasing “The Triplets of Belleville” in late 2003 and early 2004, the theatre converted to a full-time live music venue. It has featured acts such as Richie Havens, Dave Mason, Mountain, and Leon Russell.

In its exhibition configuration, seating capacity was variously reported as 314, 315, and 335. (Knowing the proclivity of theatre owners to inflate such numbers, the 314 count is most likely accurate.)

Film exhibition was still possible in the facility, as evidenced by a May 2004 free preview screening of “Super Size Me”.

The theatre closed in December 2004 and has been converted into retail use.

Contributed by Damien Farley

Recent comments (view all 55 comments)

moviebuff82 on May 4, 2017 at 7:32 pm

I believe ET played from June to the fall of 1982 here until Halloween III played, another Universal film.

moviebuff82 on May 9, 2017 at 1:41 am

Conan also played here nearly 35 years ago; it was the last major original blockbuster to be mixed in mono.

moviebuff82 on June 12, 2017 at 7:17 pm

35 years ago yesterday ET made its Paramus debut at this theater and made box office history while the Route 4 sevenplex had Grease 2 in Dolby Stereo. The film would become one of the most popular in this venue.

moviebuff82 on September 15, 2017 at 12:45 am

When E.T. was reissued for the first time in 1985, Back to the Future played here instead of ET, as that movie played on the Route 17 Triplex. In 2002, ET played at the Tenplex, and in recent years it has been shown as part of TCM Big Screen Classics at the Garden State 16.

moviebuff82 on June 7, 2018 at 12:56 am

Looking at old newspaper ads from the old movie ads twitter account it’s true that cinema 35 had mono sound.

moviebuff82 on November 11, 2018 at 11:06 pm

Nice picture on the site in black and white. Very retro.

rivest266 on November 12, 2018 at 9:14 pm

Reopened as Cinema 35 on October 31st, 1973. Grand opening ad posted.

moviebuff82 on July 19, 2019 at 12:43 am

When it opened, it was the second art house cinema to open in Paramus, with the Bergen Mall having shown art films for awhile before it closed down in the early 90s.

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