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 on June 17, 2016 at 7:35 pm

Cinerama owned RKO Stanley Warner for awhile before 1981 and showed some of their movies there. ET didn’t even play at this theater until the 2002 re-issue.

moviebuff82 on January 11, 2017 at 12:18 am

It’s been nearly 10 years since this theater was closed and turned into a gym. I always liked the arcade there as it was huge. A bit noisey, but fun. The concession stand was good and the employees were great. This was the place to be in north jersey if you wanted to see Star Wars in a premium large format. Most of the country saw Star Wars in mono, which according to the makers of the movie, is the definitive mix, and 35mm projection, as the film was shot that way. Most of the original trilogy was remixed into 4.2 surround sound, with the special editions remixed into 5.1, and the prequels in 5.1 and 6.1 surround sound (episode 1 in 7.1 SDDS). Episode 1 was digitally projected in 2k months after it opened in 35mm in 1999.

moviebuff82 on February 21, 2017 at 8:24 pm

Yup. The first 70mm movie that it showed was a reissue of 2001: A Space Odyssey back in 1970. The last movie it showed in 70mm was Last Action Hero.

hotwaterbottle on February 23, 2017 at 6:36 pm

Wow, I didn’t know that….huh.

DICK3570 on March 15, 2017 at 2:54 pm

Could this theatre be the last and largest single screen house ever built in this country? I cannot think of any other movie house with that number of seats built after 1966. Anyone know?

hotwaterbottle on March 15, 2017 at 4:32 pm

I don’t know for sure, but this theatre and the RKO Century Triplex also in Paramus opened at almost the same time. Both were huge inside when they originally opened. And both of them were sliced and diced. The triplex stayed the same size but had a wall built down the middle about 1970-71. The balcony was sectioned off and made into a third theatre a few years later. The tenplex had additions built on some years later. The original 2000 seat theatre, I think, ran Star Wars and Empire when they were originally released. It too was chopped up later on but it was still huge.

moviebuff82 on May 4, 2017 at 7:25 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 on May 9, 2017 at 1:38 am

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 on May 22, 2017 at 7:46 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 on May 23, 2017 at 12:17 am

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.

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