Loew's Jersey Theatre

54 Journal Square,
Jersey City, NJ 07306

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mdvoskin
mdvoskin on May 16, 2010 at 4:13 pm

[size=3][color=red]The Landmark Loews Jersey â€" The Wonder Theatre Of New Jersey[/color][/size]

This coming weekend of May 21st and 22nd, The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, continues its 80th Birthday Jubilee and 10th consecutive year of classic films. This season, we are saluting the decades that the Landmark Loews Jersey has been entertaining us. This month, we will be presenting some great classic films from the 1970’s.

Located directly across from the PATH subway station connecting Manhattan with Jersey City, it is also easy to reach from most area highways. Secure discounted parking is located directly behind the theatre. Have your parking ticket validated at the theatre’s boxoffice.

All Show Are Presented In 35mm With Genuine Carbon Arc Projection On Our Giant 50 Foot Wide Screen.

Friday May 21st at 8:00pm â€" Taxi Driver (1976)

Starring Robert De Niro, Cybill Shepherd, Jodie Foster, Peter Boyle, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel.
Directed by Martin Scorsese. (113mins, Rated R)

“I’m God’s lonely man,” says Travis Bickle, played by Robert De Niro in one of his finest and most memorable performances. He’s an insomniac, ex-Marine and chronic loner who, even when he tries, can’t seem to relate to the world around him. He drives a cab at night in the decaying New York City of the mid-1970s, which director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Paul Schrader depict as a grimly stylized hell on Earth, where noise, filth, directionless rage, and dirty sex (both morally and literally) surround him at all turns. Lost in this toxic milieu, chronically isolated and potentially volatile, Bickle is a bomb waiting to explode, like the proverbial gun which, when produced in the first act, must go off in the third. After an encounter with a malevolent fare (played by Scorsese), the increasingly paranoid Bickle begins to condition (and arm) himself for his imagined destiny, a mission that mutates from assassinating a Presidential candidate to violently “saving” a teenage hooker (played by Jodie Foster) from her pimp. The film features Bernard Herrmann’s final score, reported to be finished the day he died.

Saturday May 22nd at 6:15pm â€" Blazing Saddles (1974)

Starring Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman, Mel Brooks.
Written & Directed by Mel Brooks. (93mins, Rated R)

Blazing Saddles is vulgar, crude and sometimes scandalous â€" and is one of the funniest and most successful film spoofs of all time. It is also writer-director Mel Brooks at his ribald best, with further outrageous hilarity added by co-writer Richard Pryor. Cleavon Little plays the first African-American sheriff of a stunned Western town scheduled for demolition by an encroaching railroad. If that plot sounds, at least in part, like a throw-back to the movies of an earlier time, it’s because Brooks was, in his own manic way, a central figure in revising classic film genres to reflect the 70s' values and attitudes â€" an effort more often associated with such directors as Robert Altman and Peter Bogdanovich. Blazing Saddles is a work that truly could have only been made in the ‘70s â€" the idiom of the classic American western hijacked into an over-the-top comedy that purposely and relentlessly shredded the popular conception of “good taste” while making merciless fun of everyone, regardless of skin color or religious persuasion. If blacks came off as stereotypical, whites were shown as just plain stupid and ignorant. The result was one of the funniest films of all time â€" which, ironically, could probably not be made today in our more politically correct time. Beyond its over-the-top humor, Blazing Saddles boasts some great performances: Little and Gene Wilder have great chemistry; Madeline Kahn is wonderful as a chanteuse modeled on Marlene Dietrich; and Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman and even Brooks himself turn in great supporting roles.

Saturday May 22nd at 8:40pm â€" Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Starring John Travolta, Karen Gorney, Barry Miller, Joseph Cali, Paul Pope.
Directed by John Badham. (119mins, Rated R)

From the moment John Travolta sauntered down a Brooklyn street to the Bee Gees' “Stayin' Alive” at the beginning of Saturday Night Fever, music, movies and all of pop culture were irrevocably changed, and the 1970s gained what is perhaps the decade’s single most recognizable celluloid imagery. Travolta plays Tony Manero, a Brooklyn paint-store clerk who’s trapped in a dead-end existence â€" except at night on the disco dance floor, where, when he struts his stuff amid the flashing lights and sweaty, undulating bodies, he’s a king. Part of the film’s success owes to how astutely it balanced a gritty sense of the 70s' economic and social malaise with galvanizing dance numbers. But of course, the hallmark of the film is Travolata’s star-making performance â€" especially the scenes in his iconic white suit â€" and the Bee Gees soundtrack. During the first half of 1978, the movie’s disco songs saturated the singles charts, occupying up to four positions at a time, prompting more and more people to see the movie â€" just as, in turn, the movie’s vast popularity prompted more and more record sales. This powerful marketing synergy between movies and music set a new standard, with the film eventually grossing over $100 million and the soundtrack becoming one of the best-selling albums of all time. For many young people at the time, the movie marked their generation’s coming of age and was an indelible movie-going experience. By any measure, Saturday Night Fever is the definitive evocation of the Disco Era, and affirmation of Disco’s dominance of the pop culture scene at the time.

Visit The Landmark Loews Jersey web site for details.

[size=1]The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre[/size]

RobMinichino
RobMinichino on May 14, 2010 at 6:10 am

There will be two more film weekends this season. The weekend of May 21-22, we will be showing three films from the 70s, and on June 4-5, we will be showing three films from the 80s.

Friday, May 21, 8:00PM: Taxi Driver
Saturday, May 22, 6:15PM: Blazing Saddles
Saturday, May 22, 8:40PM: Saturday Night Fever

Friday, June 4, 8:00PM: Raging Bull
Saturday, June 5, 6:00PM: Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
Saturday, June 5, 8:15PM: Blues Brothers

roxy1927
roxy1927 on May 13, 2010 at 2:54 am

no more films this season?

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 26, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Very nice photos Brad&jwballer!

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on April 24, 2010 at 11:53 am

Click here for a photograph of the Loew’s Jersey Theatre taken in 1930 by George Mann of the comedy dance team, Barto & Mann.

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on April 22, 2010 at 9:00 am

> I don’t think they’re actually imbedded, more like a visual link.

Exactly, they are visual links. None of the photos are embedded. None of the photos are loaded to cinematreasures servers. Chuck1231 is not a moderator here and he is not privy to any communications I have had with them. His concern posted above is not a valid concern, the photos have no effect on the cinematreasures servers.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 22, 2010 at 4:58 am

I don’t think they’re actually imbedded, more like a visual link. MBD, care to elaborate?

Ziggy
Ziggy on April 21, 2010 at 6:49 pm

I agree about the christmas lights. There’s this magnificent room, with these cheap tacky lights strung along the railings. It’s sort of demeaning.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 21, 2010 at 5:54 pm

It may be against policy but it is pretty cool.I notice that this has been done on several sites.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on April 21, 2010 at 5:45 pm

You keep saying that, but just like the Loew’s Jersey in person, they are such beautiful photos! I’m certainly not going to drop the dime to Ross….

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on April 21, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Come Friday, I’ll be running Friday’s show.

markp
markp on April 21, 2010 at 9:19 am

If only I wasn’t working 13 hours this Saturday, I would be there to see one of my all time favorite movies, “The Graduate” which I first saw in a movie theatre at age 13 in July 1972. I would have also been able to finally meet Mitchell and the gang.

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on April 21, 2010 at 7:47 am

This coming weekend of April 23rd and 24th, The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, continues its 80th Birthday Jubilee and 10th consecutive year of classic films. This season, we are saluting the decades that the Landmark Loews Jersey has been entertaining us. This month, we will be presenting some great classic films from the 1960’s.

Located directly across from the PATH subway station connecting Manhattan with Jersey City, it is also easy to reach from most area highways. Secure discounted parking is located directly behind the theatre. Have your parking ticket validated at the theatre’s boxoffice.

All Show Are Presented In 35mm With Genuine Carbon Arc Projection On Our Giant 50 Foot Wide Screen.

Friday April 23rd at 8:00pm â€" To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

Starring Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Philip Alford, Robert Duvall.
Directed by Robert Mulligan. Music by Elmer Bernstein.
(129mins., B&W.)

A wonderful story of a precocious young tomboy and her brother being raised in rural Georgia of the 1930s by their widowed and highly principled father who, as an attorney, takes on the then-impossible mission of defending a black man accused of raping a white woman. Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Harper Lee, the movie melds the routines, small triumphs and travails of children growing up with the harsh reality of segregation and prejudice. Lee’s work has become a rite of passage for generations of school children. The movie is among the most successfully realized film interpretations of a novel ever made, and one of the most quietly affecting works ever shown on the screen — comedic, dramatic, insightful, tragic, uplifting — and thoroughly engrossing. Gregory Peck won the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Saturday April 24th at 6:00pm â€" A Hard Days Night (1964)

Starring The Beatles, Wilfrid Brambell, Norman Rossington.
Directed by Richard Lester.
(85min., B&W.)

The wild, all-encompassing popularity of The Beatles that exploded across America in late 1963 and ‘64 changed virtually everything about music and pop culture. A Hard Day’s Night was a first attempt to channel some of The Beatles’ popularity toward movie theatre box offices. Remarkably, though the production was decidedly rushed, Director Lester and screenwriter Alun Owen created a musical-comedy-fantasy that managed to perfectly capture the good-naturedly sardonic personas of each of The Beatles while fairly accurately depicting the manic zaniness of the early Beatlemania. The Beatles themselves were very pleased with the results. Of course, the soundtrack rings with some of the Fab Four’s most popular early songs, including “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “And I Love Her,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and the title tune, which was reportedly written overnight by John Lennon and Paul McCartney in response to a plea from the director for a song to match the movie’s title.

Saturday April 24th at 8:15pm â€" The Graduate (1967)

Starring Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross.
Directed by Mike Nichols.
(105mins., Color & Panavision)

This is one of a handful of films that managed to speak directly to the baby-boom generation as it was coming of age, and as such contributed several very notable references to our collective popular culture — including the line that summed up the future in one word — “plastic.” But more than forty years after it was made, the movie remains as poignant and funny as ever — greatly entertaining to audiences that came before and after the boomers. In his first major film role, Dustin Hoffman plays a very naive college graduate who is seduced by a middle-aged woman, and then falls in love with her daughter. Contributing immeasurably to the success of the film is the score, much of which was provided by the legendary folk-rock team of Simon and Garfunkel. Their song “Mrs. Robinson,” which refers to Anne Bancroft’s character, is one of the most familiar pieces of the decade, was first heard (in an abbreviated form) in this movie.

Visit The Landmark Loews Jersey web site for details.

[size=1]The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre[/size]

YMike
YMike on April 15, 2010 at 10:51 am

Why not screen some Vitaphone shorts using that projector?

RobMinichino
RobMinichino on April 11, 2010 at 6:33 pm

We currently project films from Norelco FP-20 projectors which are not capable of playing back Vitaphone sound-on-disc, but which are indeed equipped with modern red-light reverse scan sound readers.

We do have the capability to play back Vitaphone sound through another projector, however. This projector consists of a Simplex Standard projector head mounted on a Western Electric Universal Base, which has a motor to drive the actual projector head, the film take-up assembly, an optical sound head to play back sound-on-film, and the turntable assembly to play back sound-on-disc. The Simplex Standard projector head was introduced in the silent days, and the Universal Base adapts it for sound. However, as we only have one of these projectors, we are not able to seamlessly show Vitaphone films over 20 minutes in duration.

Although this equipment was removed long ago, this configuration is the same as was originally installed in the Loew’s Jersey in 1929. However, this is not the same equipment.

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on April 11, 2010 at 6:31 pm

If you scroll up to November 15th, you can see a picture of the Vitaphone projector. The picture head is a Simplex Standard with a front of the lens shutter. The sound is a Western Electric optical sound gate (not a sound drum), still with it’s original white light exciter lamp. There is a switch to switch over to the disc sound. Vitaphone discs play at 33 1/3 from the center outward. The projector works, but at the moment is disconnected and moved out of the way to make room for the 70mm Norelco AA that is being installed. The Vitaphone projector was never used for regular screenings. For regular screenings, we use Kinoton FP-20’s.

itswagon
itswagon on April 11, 2010 at 5:58 pm

I am curious as to who made the vitaphone projectors? The Vitaphone system originally employed a record player that was connected mechanically to the projector for sound. I am sure the Vitaphone projectors in the Jersey have a cyan layer exciter and pickup. I’d appreciate any information on the booth at the Jersey. Thank you.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 29, 2010 at 8:47 pm

I’d still like to know how to display the pictures (I don'think they’re actually embedded) and I’ll take my chances.

RobMinichino
RobMinichino on March 29, 2010 at 7:02 pm

In reference to the comments about air conditioning, the Loew’s Jersey did have an air conditioning system, but it is far beyond repair and has not functioned at least since the building closed in 1986.

We are currently in the design process for a new air conditioning system, but there is some uncertainty with the funding, so I can’t say when the installation will be finished. Some preparatory work has already begun.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 22, 2010 at 9:47 am

Hi MBD — could you explain again how you get a photo to show up right in the posting? (You may email me if you don’t care to post to the group.)

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on March 22, 2010 at 9:34 am

This coming weekend of March 26th and 27th, The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, continues its 80th Birthday Jubilee and 10th consecutive year of classic films. This season, we are saluting the decades that the Landmark Loews Jersey has been entertaining us. This month, we will be presenting some classic films from the 1950’s.

Located directly across from the PATH subway station connecting Manhattan with Jersey City, it is also easy to reach from most area highways. Secure discounted parking is located directly behind the theatre. Have your parking ticket validated at the theatre’s boxoffice.

All Show Are Presented In 35mm With Genuine Carbon Arc Projection On Our Giant 50 Foot Wide Screen.

Friday March 26th at 8:00pm â€" Night Of The Hunter (1955)

Starring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish. Directed by Charles Laughton
(93mins. B&W)

Robert Mitchum gives one of his greatest performances as a psychotic, misogynistic and phony preacher who insinuates himself into the family of an executed man with whom he had been imprisoned in order to find the hoard of cash the man had hidden away. All that stands between the brutal Mitchum and the money are the other man’s two young children and the indomitable, scripture-quoting old woman, played magnificently by Lillian Gish, to whom the children turn for help. Gish’s faith, courage and compassion are set in breathtakingly stark contrast against Mitchum’s dark, venal perversity â€" creating one of the screen’s most memorable and successful parables of good vs. evil.

Saturday March 27th at 6:15pm â€" King Creole (1958)

Starring Elvis Presley, Walter Matthau, Carolyn Jones, Dolores Hart. Directed by Michael Curtiz.
(115mins. B&W)

In King Creole Elvis Presley displays an acting ability that was only hinted at in many of his later films, giving an entertaining and compelling performance as a young man trying to find himself while finding his way between good and bad choices. Presley plays a high school drop-out working to help support his unemployed father when he falls in with a gang of teenage toughs. But since he can sing, and the owner of a struggling nightclub gives him a chance to go straight and perhaps even make it big. Yet he soon finds himself being pulled into the corrupt world of a local mob boss who runs a successful nightclub and wants Presley to work for him. Presley also has to make a choice between his true love and the good-girl-gone-wrong moll of the mob boss. The film is greatly aided by good performances from Walter Matthau, who plays a very effective heavy as the mob boss, and a pre-“Addams Family” Carolyn Jones as his reluctant moll.

Saturday March 27th at 8:30pm â€" On The Waterfront (1954)

Starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Eva Marie Saint, Martin Balsam.
Directed by Elia Kazan. Written by Bud Schulberg.
(107mins. B&W)

“On the Waterfront” is one of the most powerful narratives ever filmed is due in no small part to the uncanny sense of truth it projects from first frame to last. And this, in turn, is largely due to the remarkable performances of its cast â€" from Marlon Brando’s extraordinary creation of Malloy, to the smallest nuances of the supporting players. That the movie was famously filmed on location on the real waterfront in Hoboken, N.J. greatly adds to this aura of truth by imparting an authenticity and immediacy that has never been equaled in any other major motion picture: the gritty, violent and strangely claustrophobic world it depicted was no set, but life itself. Leonard Bernstein’s score imparts a very subtle operatic quality to the otherwise hyper-realistic film. The film is an extraordinary mix of coarse and refined elements â€" harsh realism and elegant art fused into a coherent and compelling whole.

“On the Waterfront” won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director for Elia Kazan, Best Adapted Screenplay for Budd Schulberg, Best Actor for Brando, Best Supporting Actress for Saint, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, and Best Editing. Fifty-six years later, it remains an extraordinary cinematic accomplishment. Don’t miss this chance to see it back on the big screen.

Visit The Landmark Loews Jersey web site for details.

[size=1]The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre[/size]

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 18, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Maybe they should book a fetish film festival next to take advantage of the area’s un-natural resources.

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on March 18, 2010 at 11:05 am

This weekend March 19th thru 21st, The Landmark Loews Jersey in Jersey City New Jersey is hosting a three days of horror-related guests, screenings, vendors.

Convention to include 35MM-film screenings of Night of the Living Dead and Creepshow.

Celebrity guests include George A. Romero, Ken Foree, Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Savini, David Emge, Kyra Schon & more!

The show is a rental, for more information visit the promoter’s web site Saturday Nightmares