AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex

260 E. Highway 4,
Paramus, NJ 07652

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Paramus Tenplex

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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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John Fink
John Fink on January 5, 2012 at 5:32 am

I drove past it a few times recently (on the way to Edgewater Multiplex) – it must be a huge gym. It would have been cool if they kept a theatre in-tact as a “cardio theatre” – that is treadmills and ellipticals in one of the auditoriums with films screening. It sounds cool though that some of the architecture is still there, like the balcony.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 23, 2012 at 9:37 am

Described in this now rather faded 1966 trade article: Boxoffice

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on April 14, 2013 at 10:43 am

That picture on this page shows a screen thats quite small. Is this from the early years or when it was divided?

hdtv267
hdtv267 on April 14, 2013 at 11:41 am

google it and find out.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on April 14, 2013 at 11:43 am

Thanks. What was the last 70mm movie played at this theater?

moviebluedog
moviebluedog on April 14, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Information on 70mm film presentations at this theater can be found at:

http://fromscripttodvd.com/70mm_in_new_york_main_page.htm

You can search 70mm engagements by year. Thanks.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 15, 2013 at 2:08 am

The picture of the screen in the article is from the early years. It doesn’t look 62 feet wide in that photo, but I watched “2001” from the front row of that theater and the screen was definitely not small.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on December 5, 2013 at 10:01 am

http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/1977-70mm-soundtrack-recording/topic/5690/

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on December 5, 2013 at 10:02 am

someone a few years back uploaded old tape recordings of the 70mm Dolby Stereo mix of Star Wars and ESB, according to the link on my previous post. The quality isn’t good but you get to hear what the movies sounded like when they came out.

dbrower
dbrower on January 29, 2014 at 9:12 pm

I too watched 2001 there from a near front row; also the Empire Strikes Back, though from further back. This was -the- place for big-screen stuff.

-dB

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