Paramus Picture Show

65 Route 4 West,
Paramus, NJ 07652

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Previously operated by: Jerry Lewis Cinemas, United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Cinema 35

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Paramus Picture Show

Located in Paramus' Plaza 35 strip mall near the intersection of Route 4 and Route 17, the theatre was built for the Jerry Lewis Cinemas chain, but they never operated it. It opened under independent management in December 1973. After a 1983-early-1990’s stint as a UA and as a sub-run bargain house, the theatre gained independent ownership and, on July 25, 1997, began billing itself as Bergen County’s only showcase for independent and foreign language films.

Despite the efforts of ownership, the new format didn’t succeed in holding off the multi-plex competition. After showcasing “The Triplets of Belleville” in late 2003 and early 2004, the theatre converted to a full-time live music venue. It has featured acts such as Richie Havens, Dave Mason, Mountain, and Leon Russell.

In its exhibition configuration, seating capacity was variously reported as 314, 315, and 335. (Knowing the proclivity of theatre owners to inflate such numbers, the 314 count is most likely accurate.)

Film exhibition was still possible in the facility, as evidenced by a May 2004 free preview screening of “Super Size Me”.

The theatre closed in December 2004 and has been converted into retail use.

Contributed by Damien Farley

Recent comments (view all 60 comments)

moviebuff82 on November 11, 2018 at 3:06 pm

Nice picture on the site in black and white. Very retro.

rivest266 on November 12, 2018 at 1:14 pm

Reopened as Cinema 35 on October 31st, 1973. Grand opening ad posted.

moviebuff82 on July 18, 2019 at 4:43 pm

When it opened, it was the second art house cinema to open in Paramus, with the Bergen Mall having shown art films for awhile before it closed down in the early 90s.

CConnolly1 on December 2, 2020 at 8:41 am

As of December 2020, a Blick Art Supplies store occupies most (maybe all?) the space that this theater occupied. It was a really cute theater. Not grand or anything but well maintained. The kind of movie theater that we will likely never see again.

moviebuff82 on December 2, 2020 at 9:52 am

I agree. Prices were reasonable at this theater compared to the big theatres in Paramus, NJ near malls, and crowds were good.

mdvoskin on December 2, 2020 at 9:57 am

I saw “Executive Action” there in 1973. I still have the herald (fake newspaper) that they gave out to accompany the film.

dbrower on November 19, 2021 at 9:06 pm

It had a incredibly small marqee for posting what was playing. I shall remember always the signage for the Brooke Shields vehicle


must have been 1981.

Moviefan333 on January 25, 2023 at 7:10 pm

I went to when it was a theater showing movies and when they converted over to do live concerts. I saw quite a number of good acts here.They were trying really hard to keep the place open. Shame that it closed and some really good bands up-and-coming bands played here as well

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