Loew's Jersey Theatre

54 Journal Square,
Jersey City, NJ 07306

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 1, 2010 at 8:33 pm

This is where I get to say that the 1.85:1 image is bigger than the 2.39:1.

RobMinichino
RobMinichino on June 1, 2010 at 6:59 pm

We mask all formats appropriately. Our screen and proscenium have a 2:1 aspect ratio, and we project all formats at the maximum possible size (side masking for silent, 1.37:1, and 1.85:1, and top masking for 2.39:1).

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on June 1, 2010 at 6:46 pm

A question for my curiosity. Do they have masking for the screen for films not filmed in scope?

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on June 1, 2010 at 5:10 pm

[size=4][color=red]The Landmark Loews Jersey â€" The Wonder Theatre Of New Jersey[/color][/size]

This coming weekend of June 4th and 5th, The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, concludes its 80th Birthday Jubilee and 10th consecutive year of classic films. All this season, we have been saluting the decades that the Landmark Loews Jersey has been entertaining us. For June, we will be presenting some great classic films from the 1980’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 June 4th at 8:00pm â€" Raging Bull (1980)

Starring Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent, Nicholas Colasanto. Directed by Martin Scorsese. (128mins., Rated: R)

Martin Scorsese’s brutal character study incisively portrays the rise, fall and redemption of real-life middleweight boxer Jake La Motta, a violent man in and out of the ring who seemed to thrive on his ability and willingness to take a beating. Opening with the spectacle of the over-the-hill La Motta (Robert De Niro) practicing his 1960s night-club act, the film flashes back to 1940s New York when Jake’s career is on the rise. But Scorsese and De Niro eschew uplifting, “Rocky”-like, boxing movie conventions to make an unflinching portrait of an unlikable man and his ruthless profession. Their Jake is relentlessly cruel and self-destructive, a person whose inner demons cannot be exorcised even by acclaim and success. The physical brutality that makes Jake a champion in the boxing ring cripples his relationships with his wives, his business associates, and his brother.

Saturday June 5th at 6:00pm â€" Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

Starring Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton, Diane Salinger. Directed by Tim Burton.
(90mins, Rated: PG)

Tim Burton made his feature-length directorial debut with this film, and immediately established what would become his trademark quirky style. The film has a look reminiscent of German expressionist movies of the 1920s, filtered through a pop-art sensibility of cartoons, horror serials and Gothic fairy tales. The result is a surreal, mystical world, yet one very close to our own â€" that perfectly fits the absurdist humor. And the score by Danny Elfman is terrific. In all, Pee wee’s Big Adventure is a delightful film, enjoyable for children as well as adults.

Saturday June 5th at 8:15pm â€" The Blues Brothers (1980)

Starring John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Carrie Fisher, John Candy, Henry Gibson. Directed by John Landis.
(133mins., Rated: R.)

This movie is also an unapologetic homage to rhythm-and-blues in all its popular derivatives, from Cab Calloway to James Brown to Aretha Franklin, all of whom appear in lovingly realized musical scenes. And there is great fun in spotting the other members of the film’s legion of guest stars, including John Candy, Carrie Fisher, Steve Lawrence, Twiggy, Paul Reubens (aka Pee-Wee Herman), Frank Oz and Steven Spielberg. And topping it all off, the streets, highways and police department of Chicago are laid to waste in what is, if not the most spectacular, then without doubt the funniest and coolest car chase scenes ever filmed. The Blues Brothers is filled with great fun and great music from beginning to end, and is the essence of entertainment.

Visit The Landmark Loews Jersey web site for details.

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

Rory
Rory on May 17, 2010 at 1:31 am

How is it that you imbed photos in these posts? I’d like to try it myself.

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on May 17, 2010 at 12:13 am

[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 2:10 pm

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 10:54 am

no more films this season?

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 27, 2010 at 1:19 am

Very nice photos Brad&jwballer!

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on April 24, 2010 at 7:53 pm

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 5:00 pm

> 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 12:58 pm

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

Ziggy
Ziggy on April 22, 2010 at 2:49 am

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 22, 2010 at 1:54 am

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

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on April 22, 2010 at 1:45 am

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 9:01 pm

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

markp
markp on April 21, 2010 at 5:19 pm

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 3:47 pm

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 6:51 pm

Why not screen some Vitaphone shorts using that projector?

RobMinichino
RobMinichino on April 12, 2010 at 2:33 am

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 12, 2010 at 2:31 am

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 12, 2010 at 1:58 am

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 30, 2010 at 4:47 am

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