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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 October 12, 1965 as a 2,000-seat single screen with Frank Sinatra in “Marriage on the Rocks”. It showed three strip Cinerama/Cinemiracle, and in the 1970’s it showed 70mm. Just a few years ago it was the first theatre in the state to present the digitally projected “Star Wars Episode I”.

Originally a giant modern theatre 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 seperate theatre; 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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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on December 24, 2017 at 4:24 pm

What arcade games were at this theater?

hotwaterbottle
hotwaterbottle on December 28, 2017 at 12:19 pm

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

RGAMCRegal
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
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
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
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
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.

rivest266
rivest266 on July 9, 2018 at 1:27 pm

This opened as a single screen cinema on October 12th, 1965 as Route Four theatre. On October 7th, 1970 the Route 4 Cinema opened next to the theatre. 1965 and 1970 grand opening ads in the photo section. more to come.

rivest266
rivest266 on July 11, 2018 at 4:20 pm

3 screens starting on May 26th, 1976. No special ad found.

rivest266
rivest266 on July 14, 2018 at 1:17 pm

7 screens opening on December 18th, 1981. Another ad posted.

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