Loew's Jersey Theatre

54 Journal Square,
Jersey City, NJ 07306

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mdvoskin on September 22, 2015 at 8:48 am

Since I am no longer a projectionist at the Loews Jersey and I was not there this weekend, I cannot comment on why changeovers were missed. I can say that there are a lot of projectionist, young and old, who can do a proper changeover. It’s not that hard, you just have to pay attention.

An issue that probably nobody who has not run 35mm film, reel to reel, is aware of is that the repertory prints now in circulation are rather hit and miss in regard to damage, especially at the end of reels where the changeover cue marks are located. For every mint restoration print available, there are probably a dozen trashed prints in circulation. Back in the day, prints were sent to theatres well in advance, and the projectionist would hand crank through every reel, repairing bad splices and noting any bad/missing cue marks. That is no longer an option in many cases where the print arrives the at the last minute.

I’m not saying that there are no incompetent projectionist, but I am saying that there could be other reasons for a less than stellar presentation.

theatrefan on September 22, 2015 at 8:25 am

Are there even any old time projectionists left who know how to do a proper changeover? Repertory films are usually not allowed to be run on a platter. Guess they better get the DCP version nowadays that’s all they know.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 21, 2015 at 12:59 pm

Gasp…! Not the piss elegant BAM…! Get me the smelling salts…

theatrefan on September 20, 2015 at 6:36 am

Although I couldn’t make it this weekend, I did get to see Where Eagles Dare at BAM on Thursday and they also messed up the changeover as well and they charge 14 dollars not 8 like the Jersey. I am glad to hear that Navarone was at least shown in Dolby Stereo.

PeterApruzzese on September 19, 2015 at 9:03 pm

AFAIK , the Loews does not have magnetic playback capability. They do have Dolby Stereo and Sony does have Dolby Stereo prints of Guns, so that’s likely what they showed if it was stereo. As far as the poor changeovers go, that’s strictly amateur hour and they should be embarrassed charging admission for it.

vindanpar on September 19, 2015 at 8:25 pm

Yes it was and I thought it would be in mono. I was astonished the film was in stereo, I had no idea until I started listening. It seemed to become more pronounced as the film went on and became very impressive. Now if they could get some 70MM 6 track analogue prints that would be movie heaven. Would like to request though that reel changes be somewhat smoother. Often when you see one coming up your not quite sure what is going to happen. Will the screen go blank? Will they leave out a reel? Will you find yourself 10 minutes into the next reel or will the picture appear with no sound. All this happened last night. Except for the missing reel. That was WSS. Where they left out Officer Krupke. However they did play it after the film as an extra.

theatrefan on September 19, 2015 at 4:15 pm

If anyone attended the Navarone screening last night, was it actually in magnetic stereo sound? Thanks.

Chris1982 on September 18, 2015 at 2:10 am

Will “Guns of Navarone” be presented in Stereo sound? The Loew’s State in St. Louis presented it in magnetic stereo sound, was fantastic.

mdvoskin on September 17, 2015 at 12:55 pm

Movies this coming weekend:

Friday 9/18/2015

Guns Of Navarone at 8pm

Saturday 9/19/2015

Ocean’s 11 (1960 Version) at 6pm
Touch Of Evil at 8:40pm

All presented films in 35mm

theatrefan on August 14, 2015 at 2:01 pm

When did they leave 1540 Broadway to move to 400 Plaza Drive in Secaucus N.J. was it around 87/88? I know the headquarters were moved back to Manhattan by then owner Sony Corp in 1993.

Chris1982 on August 12, 2015 at 9:02 pm

The booking office for Loew’s was 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036.

theatrefan on August 12, 2015 at 8:10 am

Thanks mdvoskin, Your right the UA State in the immediate area tended to play similar types of films. The one thing also to keep in mind is that these films tended to sometimes attract a rough and rowdy crowd, so I wonder if vandalism was an issue during the waning days of the Loew’s Jersey as well?

mdvoskin on August 12, 2015 at 7:25 am

All Loews Theatres, as with most other large circuits, were booked by the headquarters booking office. A theatre manager could make suggestions, but that is about it for local involvement. I believe, but not sure, that the booking office was located in Manhattan at the time.

I doubt that they were trying to drive the place into the ground. More likely, exploitation films are the ones that were the most profitable for that location at the time. The same forces that drove the 42nd street NYC theatres from being the showplace of the nation to the sleaze center of the nation was at work in all the major cities. These theatres could only draw customers from the immediate area, and there were a lot of screens in Jersey City for the given population.

theatrefan on August 12, 2015 at 6:14 am

I was looking at the movies that played here as a Loews house in it’s final years of operation from about 82-86 and the endless parade of B-movie Blood, Gore, Slasher, Exploitation, Kung Fu films never seemed to end. I think every movie that such secondary studios like New World Pictures put out played here. Was film booking for this theatre handled centrally at the Loews Headquarters in Secaucus NJ or locally? If so were they intentionally trying to drive this place into the ground or was it just Hollywood’s release pattern that existed at the time?

walterk on May 30, 2015 at 8:16 am

Here’s a link to FOL’s public statement on the court ruling. They apparently agree that bringing a concert promoter in would be a good thing and also mention a little more than $2.5 million that is available for repairs and upgrades, a little more than $500k is grant money FOL won for fire safety and other code upgrades, and the city received another $2 million from an area developer to make repairs on the theatre.

Let’s hope we start seeing this money spent now that the court case is over.

markp on May 29, 2015 at 7:59 pm

I think LuisV has a great idea. Now if only the right people would see it.

LuisV on May 29, 2015 at 11:22 am

Seems to me the best of both worlds would be to bring in AEG to work WITH Friends of Loews to finish the restoration of the grand theater along with installing AC and hopefully restoring the Blade while REQUIRING that showing films always be a part of the programming at the Loews Jersey! They have the desperately needed money. Why is that a problem??

bolorkay on May 29, 2015 at 11:09 am

Congratulations to the FOL.

Great news indeed.

mdvoskin on May 29, 2015 at 10:52 am

Friends Of The Loews won today’s round in their court case with the city. Their lease is valid, the city can’t throw them out and lease the theatre to someone else.

Click Here For News Story


bolorkay on May 23, 2015 at 6:09 am

This is just speculation on my part, but the last time I visited the Loews there was some discussion of a “Sci-Fi Weekend” for the end of this month. Any word on this yet?

BobbyS on April 22, 2015 at 12:30 am

I was in this beautiful movie palace last fall and when the organ appeared before the film it was magic! When he played the huanted song that was in the film on the pipes as the crowds were leaving was something you do not get these days. You cannot imagine unless you were there. The organ souded in prime form. I live in the mid-west and can’t wait to get back. A 70mm film ! Wow. Only LA has showings regularly in that format. Think I’ll join “Friends of the Loew’s”. Imagine seeing “Ben-Hur” at the Jersey?? at

markp on April 8, 2015 at 3:29 pm

Already autotuned. Thanks.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 7, 2015 at 8:30 pm

It looks like it’s on twice more — Friday at 2:30pm and Monday at 4:00am.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 7, 2015 at 5:22 pm

I know this is late notice, but tonight, April 7th, at 8:30, WNYE-TV channel 25 will be airing an episode of their Blueprint NYC series devoted to the Loew’s Wonder Theaters. If you miss it, you may be able to watch the episode at their website after it has aired.

mdvoskin on March 19, 2015 at 7:03 am

March 2015 Movies At The Loews Jersey

Friday March 27 – To Have And Have Not – 8:00pm

Saturday March 28 – Swing Time – 6:00pm
Saturday March 28 – North By North West – 8:15pm

It is my understanding that all 3 films will be 35mm film presentations.

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