AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex

260 E. Highway 4,
Paramus, NJ 07652

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Also known as the Loews Cineplex Route 4 Tenplex, and not to be confused with the triplex on Route 17, this theater was the premiere theater in Paramus. Opened in 1966 as a 2,000-seat single screen. It showed three strip Cinerama/Cinemiracle, and in the 1970’s it showed 70mm. Just a few years ago it was the first theater in the state to present the digitally projected “Star Wars Episode I”.

Originally a giant modern theater with the supersized Cinerama screen, it has been broken up and/or added onto multiple times. The first phase was the traditional upstairs-downstairs split which turned the balcony into a separate theater; the second split the former orchestra into two unequal rooms. Additional screens were added in two separate construction phases which probably quadrupled the number of seats.

It closed in May 2007.

Contributed by Robert MacLeay

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Coate on September 29, 2017 at 1:35 pm

moviebuff82: “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” did play here in 70mm but it didn’t open until the second wave of its release cycle in mid December, 1977. (The first wave consisting of NY and LA exclusives opened in mid November.)

MSC77 on October 20, 2017 at 3:25 pm

Does anyone have a concise screen-count timeline for this venue? In particular, when did it transition from three to four screens?

hotwaterbottle on October 26, 2017 at 12:49 pm

MSC77, this may not be of much help to you but I recall the big 70mm house wasn’t cut up until after “Empire”, and possibly “Jedi”. By May 1977 the left aisle was already divided into a separate theatre, as was the balcony. I know a smaller separate theatre existed for a few years right next to bigger house, but was eventually incorporated into one big theatre by building the arcade and 2 other screens.

moviebuff82 on December 24, 2017 at 4:24 pm

What arcade games were at this theater?

hotwaterbottle on December 28, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Who cares?? It’s long gone and nobody remembers anyway!

RGAMCRegal on March 2, 2018 at 7:15 am

I remember the games they had there. The theater was actually pretty big, complete with escalators.

moviebuff82 on March 6, 2018 at 4:12 pm

Damon Lindelof, who produced lost, used to work as an usher at this theater while in high school.

moviebuff82 on May 24, 2018 at 3:11 pm

35 years ago tomorrow at midnight marked the first ever showing of return of the Jedi in 70mm six track dolby stereo. It became the fastest star wars movie to earn $250 million during its original run.

moax429 on May 24, 2018 at 3:39 pm

After my family and I moved to Saddle River in June 1983 (I now live in Charlotte, Michigan), I remember seeing “Jedi” in the upstairs auditorium on Wednesday, August 10, 1983 (the sixth anniversary of when I first saw the original).

I thought that was really cool how the film was projected from below the bottom row in 70mm (that soon got split up into two different auditoriums – shame!).

Maybe that was the original Cinerama auditorium?

moviebuff82 on June 10, 2018 at 5:30 pm

On this date 25 years ago DTS premiered with Jurassic Park. Fun fact…Universal owned a stake in Cineplex Odeon, whom many of its theaters had DTS installed. It became a huge hit.

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