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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markp on May 22, 2017 at 4:17 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 on June 12, 2017 at 11:18 am

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

Coate on June 12, 2017 at 1:18 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 on August 30, 2017 at 2:54 pm

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

moviebuff82 on September 29, 2017 at 12:54 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 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!

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