AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex

260 E. Highway 4,
Paramus, NJ 07652

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rivest266
rivest266 on July 14, 2018 at 4:17 pm

7 screens opening on December 18th, 1981. Another ad posted.

rivest266
rivest266 on July 11, 2018 at 7:20 pm

3 screens starting on May 26th, 1976. No special ad found.

rivest266
rivest266 on July 9, 2018 at 4:27 pm

This opened as a single screen cinema on October 12th, 1965 as Route Four theatre. On October 7th, 1970 the Route 4 Cinema opened next to the theatre. 1965 and 1970 grand opening ads in the photo section. more to come.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 10, 2018 at 8:30 pm

On this date 25 years ago DTS premiered with Jurassic Park. Fun fact…Universal owned a stake in Cineplex Odeon, whom many of its theaters had DTS installed. It became a huge hit.

moax429
moax429 on May 24, 2018 at 6:39 pm

After my family and I moved to Saddle River in June 1983 (I now live in Charlotte, Michigan), I remember seeing “Jedi” in the upstairs auditorium on Wednesday, August 10, 1983 (the sixth anniversary of when I first saw the original).

I thought that was really cool how the film was projected from below the bottom row in 70mm (that soon got split up into two different auditoriums – shame!).

Maybe that was the original Cinerama auditorium?

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 24, 2018 at 6:11 pm

35 years ago tomorrow at midnight marked the first ever showing of return of the Jedi in 70mm six track dolby stereo. It became the fastest star wars movie to earn $250 million during its original run.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on March 6, 2018 at 7:12 pm

Damon Lindelof, who produced lost, used to work as an usher at this theater while in high school.

RGAMCRegal
RGAMCRegal on March 2, 2018 at 10:15 am

I remember the games they had there. The theater was actually pretty big, complete with escalators.

hotwaterbottle
hotwaterbottle on December 28, 2017 at 3:19 pm

Who cares?? It’s long gone and nobody remembers anyway!

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on December 24, 2017 at 7:24 pm

What arcade games were at this theater?

hotwaterbottle
hotwaterbottle on October 26, 2017 at 3:49 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.

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?

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.)

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.

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?

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

hotwaterbottle
hotwaterbottle on March 15, 2017 at 12:32 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.

DICK3570
DICK3570 on March 15, 2017 at 10:54 am

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
hotwaterbottle on February 23, 2017 at 1:36 pm

Wow, I didn’t know that….huh.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 21, 2017 at 3:24 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.