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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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 4, 2017 at 2:25 pm

For some time in 1983, the triplex showed the first two star wars movies from 1977 and 1980 while the then seven plex played return of the jedi on several screens. When it became a tenplex, Temple of Doom played on a couple of screens.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 8, 2017 at 8:38 pm

I heard that they’re building a mall on some vacant site on 17 to compete with the other malls in Paramus….will this mean another movie theater to go along with the AMC and the Regal to open next year?

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 22, 2017 at 2:46 pm

It was 40 years ago this thursday that Star Wars had its New Jersey premiere at this venue when it was a triplex. If someone googles Vintage Bergen on facebook, there is a post featuring a picture of people waiting in line around the block to see what would become a mainstay franchise for years to come.

markp
markp on May 22, 2017 at 7:17 pm

It also premiered the same day at the General Cinema Menlo Park Twin in Edison NJ. Lines at that theatre stretched all the way down Lafayette Ave to Roosevelt Park. I know this because I soon would be working there.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 12, 2017 at 2:18 pm

36 years ago today Raiders of the Lost Ark made its Paramus debut in 70mm Dolby Stereo and became a huge hit.

Coate
Coate on June 12, 2017 at 4:18 pm

moviebuff82: While “Raiders” did open 36 years ago today, the Route Four actually opened “Raiders” in 35mm. A 70mm print was screened beginning its fourth week. For more tech (and other) details, please see The Great Adventure: Remembering “Raiders of the Lost Ark” On Its 35th Anniversary.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on August 30, 2017 at 5:54 pm

Thanks for the update. Did Close Encounters open in 70mm at this theater on opening weekend nearly 40 years ago?

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on September 29, 2017 at 3:54 pm

When did the Route 4 Tenplex get split surrounds? I’m sure with the release of Apocalypse Now many theaters used a 5.1 setup for 70mm engagements.

Coate
Coate on September 29, 2017 at 4:35 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
MSC77 on October 20, 2017 at 6:25 pm

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

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