Hyway Theater

2260 Broadway,
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

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Hyway Theater

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The Hyway Theater opened in around 1942 as a single screen movie theater. It’s a theater I used to go to every Saturday in the late-1940’s and early-1950’s to see double features, cartoons, and serials.

The Hyway Theater was closed in around 2007.

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Christophersepp on June 9, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Even though it’s not actually in Paramus, this was the last of the classic style theaters in the area. First the Paramus Picture Show went, then the little theater in front of Garden State Plaza, and lastly the Tenplex on rt. 4. It’s sad that, other than that generic, cold, factory style AMC theater at the mall, there won’t be any other movie theaters in the area. AMC, with their Walmart style of operations, has really found a way to eliminate the competition. I remember the days, not too long ago, when each movie theater in North Jersey was special in its own way, not cookie cutter copies of each other. It’s a shame that the younger generation doesn’t have the respect for the classics that us “old folks” do, and just accept whatever piece of “new” crud is put in front of them. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the Hyway was a cinematic gem, like the Tenplex was in its heyday, but I’d still take it over any AMC googleplex in a heartbeat. :(

gdarvin on June 11, 2009 at 8:17 am

I went by the theatre the other day and it was completely gutted inside and the “HYWAY” neon sign above the marquee was being removed.

95Crash on June 12, 2009 at 11:52 am

Oh crap, I can’t believe I just heard today that this theater had closed! There is an article about it in today’s Record newspaper. I grew up in Elmwood Park and used to walk to this theater when I was a kid. Is the Hyway sign really gone? Had I known beforehand, I would’ve gone on closing night and seen a movie and snapped a few photos.

CConnolly1 on July 20, 2009 at 4:46 am

I wish someone could post some pictures of this theater when it was in its “heyday”. I can’t imagine what it must have looked like. Right now the false facade is ripped off the front of the theater facing Broadway/Route 4. You can see that the original building had some kind of curving front where I assume the marquee was (and I think is confirmed by the 1986 photo posted by ‘Lost Memory’ where it appears like the titles gently “curve” around the front of the building). I’d like to know what made the owners sell. Although I really didn’t like this theater (it was a fairly typical neighborhood place, not overly well maintained but OK), I picked up my daughter once after she and some friends saw a movie and there was quite a crowd. This was only about 2 years ago.

markp on July 20, 2009 at 6:51 am

The owner of the theatre where I work knows the owners of this former theatre. They weren’t going to invest the money needed for digital projection, and they got a boat load of money for the building. Its like anything else today, show me the money.

CConnolly1 on July 21, 2009 at 4:56 am

Money. That makes sense because it certainly wasn’t due to attendance being off. It was a decent, neighborhood place that people in the area could actually walk to. And the outside was never dirty or anything. Sad that it took money to finally bring it down.

PeterApruzzese on July 21, 2009 at 6:28 am

The opening of the AMC Garden State Plaza 16 effectively killed the Hyway because AMC now had booking clearance over them and the Hyway would not have been able to get the top films any longer.

CConnolly1 on December 8, 2009 at 4:54 am

You’d never know a theater existed here if you saw it now. They’ve done a complete renovation on the site effectively wiping out anything from the theater.

moviebuff82 on June 11, 2016 at 6:47 pm

Had it stayed open, The Hyway would’ve faced even more competition from Regal’s first ever theater in Paramus.

reluctantpopstar on August 31, 2016 at 12:27 am

I have a very distinct memory of seeing “Jaws” here in 1975 at age nine. One of the first instances of intense blockbuster style marketing that we now take for granted. Huge posters, cardboard lobby standees, souvenirs for sale. Ice cream available for sale in “sharklate, finilla or Jawsberry.”

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