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 April 14, 2013 at 4:43 pm

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

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on April 14, 2013 at 5:43 pm

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

moviebluedog
moviebluedog on April 14, 2013 at 11:17 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 8:08 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 3:01 pm

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

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on December 5, 2013 at 3:02 pm

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 30, 2014 at 2:12 am

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

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on November 11, 2014 at 5:01 pm

less than two years from now this theater will be 50 years old.

alpinedownhiller
alpinedownhiller on October 20, 2015 at 2:37 am

Yeah, saw Star Wars there on opening day! Man unreal! In the grand palace screen. My god when that Star Destroyer came rocking across the screen and went on forever. Holy cow nobody had every experienced anything remotely like that before. Also saw ESB there in the grand screen. Huge screen and it actually had surround sound way back in 1977. Many places were still mono only then and few with stereo. This had full on Dolby Surround. And the screen was gigantic compared to all the little mall screens that came in all over.

Even today with the digital IMAX screens, I don’t think any in NJ are quite as large as the screen here had been.

I think two of the screens in the Manville, NJ theater though are actually at least as large. I’ve heard claims two there are 70'.

An absolute crime that AMC just closed down the giant, true IMAX at Palisades. I think that one was 72'-75' wide and with the full true IMAX height. They ‘replaced’ it with an absurdly small digital IMAX screen, not even one of the larger such around. Criminal.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 26, 2016 at 9:33 pm

The shape of the theater the exterior didn’t change that much. The places that surrounded the theater have changed. Usually after a movie at the Tenplex, you can go to dinner at Fuddruckers and go for a grub. The signage outside the theater also used surround sound symbols to show which movies were being shown in DTS or Dolby Digital.

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