AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex

260 E. Highway 4,
Paramus, NJ 07652

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moviebuff82 on March 6, 2018 at 4:12 pm

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

RGAMCRegal on March 2, 2018 at 7:15 am

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

hotwaterbottle on December 28, 2017 at 12:19 pm

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

moviebuff82 on December 24, 2017 at 4:24 pm

What arcade games were at this theater?

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.

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?

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.)

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.

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?

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 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.

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 May 22, 2017 at 11:46 am

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 on May 8, 2017 at 5:38 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 on May 4, 2017 at 11:25 am

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 on March 15, 2017 at 9:32 am

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 on March 15, 2017 at 7:54 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 on February 23, 2017 at 10:36 am

Wow, I didn’t know that….huh.

moviebuff82 on February 21, 2017 at 12:24 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.

moviebuff82 on January 10, 2017 at 4:18 pm

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 June 17, 2016 at 11:35 am

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.

Mark_L on June 15, 2016 at 4:53 pm

A search of the New York Times shows the theatre changing from 4 to 7 screens on Monday, December 21, 1981. Sunday, December 20 is the last mention of Quad.

The theatre added 1 screen to become an 8-plex with the opening of SILKWOOD on 12/14/1983.

It did move to a 10-plex with the opening of TEMPLE OF DOOM.

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Michael R. Rambo Jr. on June 14, 2016 at 9:52 pm

It was Century Theatres who bought RKO Stanley Warner in 1981 to form RKO Century Warner Theatres (beetter known as RKO Century Theatres), and it was 1987 when Cineplex Odeon acquired RKO Century, and their sister group RKC Cinema 5.

moviebuff82 on June 11, 2016 at 7:06 pm

March 5th, 1982, according to 70mm in New York website. Quest for Fire was playing in the big house. May 23, 1984 was when it expanded to ten screens when Temple of Doom played. When did Cineplex Odeon take over?

Coate on June 1, 2016 at 12:12 pm

“1981” is not specific enough, moviebuff82. When in 1981?