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I especially liked the “aliens” in the traveler curtain picture. I guess the air in Jersey City is toxic to natives of whatever planet they were from, so they could not take off their space suit helmets.
I guess we now can promote the theatre as Worlds (plural) Renowned :)
Friday 2/24 at 8pm – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Saturday 2/25 at 6pm – Double Indemnity (1944)
Saturday 2/25 at 8:20pm – Psycho (1960)
It’s a new year for old movies at the The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre, the metro area’s favorite venue for classic films!
The theatre is located directly across from the PATH subway station connecting Manhattan with Jersey City and 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.
As Always, All Our Show Are Still Presented Exclusively From High Resolution 35mm Motion Picture Film With Genuine Carbon Arc Projection, On Our Giant 50 Foot Wide Screen.
For January 2012, we have two separate weekend programs. The first on January 20th & 21st features films that feature movie theatres. The second on January 28th celebrates the films of actress Piper Laurie, who will appear live to discuss her career.
Friday January 20th at 8:00pm – Cinema Paradiso
Starring Philippe Noiret, Salvatore Cascio, Marco Leonardi, Jacques Perrin.
Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore.
A movie about the magic of going to the movies, Cinema Paradiso is a brilliantly realized comedy-drama about a successful Roman film director who returns to the village he was born in for the funeral of a friend, a retired projectionist. In so doing he begins a journey back to his boyhood in the years after WWII when townsfolk tried to escape grim times as often as they could by entering the world of the local movie theatre. Cinema Paradiso, which won the 1990 Oscar for best foreign film
Saturday January 21st at 6:00pm – Purple Rose Of Cairo (1985)
Starring Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels. Directed by Woody Allen.
(82 minutes, Color)
Mia Farrow plays a woman stuck in an abusive marriage and a bad job in a small town during the Great Depression. Every chance she gets, she escapes into the magical darkness of the local movie theatre. Then one day, the hero of one of the movies, played by Jeff Daniels, literally climbs down off of the screen to join her in the theatre. Soon, he’s running off with her so she can show him the “real” world. Filmed about 40 miles north of the Loews Jersey in Piermont NY, and about 40 miles west of the Loews Jersey at the recently closed Bertrand’s Island Amusement Park on Lake Hopatcong NJ.
Saturday January 21st at 8:30pm – Sherlock Jr. (1924)
Starring Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Ward Crane. Directed by Buster Keaton.
(45 minutes, Silent, B&W.)
Keaton plays a hapless projectionist who’s studying to be a detective and falls in love with a beautiful girl, only to lose her to a rival who frames him for the theft of her father’s watch. The dejected Keaton falls asleep while he’s projecting a movie about a jewelry theft – and dreams that he walks down the theatre isle and climbs right up and into the movie screen. The movie characters become his rival, girlfriend and her father – and Keaton, of course, becomes the suave detective who puts all things right.
The Buster Keaton silent short, The Play House (1921) will also be shown. Both shows will feature acclaimed organist Bernie Anderson playing the Loews Jersey’s mighty Morton Wonder Organ.
Saturday January 28th Actress Piper Laurie Live & 2 Of Her Films On Screen
5:15 pm – Meet Piper Laurie With Admission to “The Hustler”
6:00 pm – The Hustler (1961) Paul Newman, Piper Laurie, Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott.
7:45 pm – Meet Piper Laurie With Admission to “Carrie”
8:30 pm – On-Stage Interview with Piper Laurie
9:15 pm – Carrie (1976) Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Nancy Allen, Amy Irving. Dir: Brian De Palma
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> Just like a real movie theater.
Nah, to make the Loews Jersey just like a real movie theater, we would have to remove all the ornate plaster, the curtain, the pipe organ, the huge 50 foot wide screen, the 35mm film projectors, and replace them with flat walls, bare screen, commercials before the show, and install video a projector. :)
> Used before & after each movie?
Actually, the theatre always had a curtain, but the old one started tearing from dry rot a few years ago making it impossible to use. There is now a brand new curtain that opens at the start of each movie and closes at the end.
This coming weekend, on Friday 12/9 the Landmark Loews Jersey will be presenting two holiday classics, Laurel & Hardy in March Of The Wooden Soldiers and on Saturday 12/10, The Wizard Of Oz. Both films will be presented in 35mm.
For the weekend of November 18rd and 19th, The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre, the metro area’s favorite venue for classic films located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, continues its 11th consecutive year of classic film screenings with a remembrance of World War 2.
The theatre is 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.
For November, three films that represent three aspects of World War 2, the war in Europe, the Home Front, and the war in the Pacific.
Friday November 18rd at 8:00pm – The Train (1964)
Starring Burt Lancaster & Paul Scofield. Directed by John Frankenheimer.
(133 minutes, B&W)
Shooting on location, using real trains, train yards and stations, and surrounding stars Burt Lancaster and Paul Scofield with a French supporting cast, director John Frankenheimer created a galvanizing realism that not only gives an extraordinary look to the film but also reinforces tension while underlining the human cost of a mission that offers only symbolic rewards. And Lancaster famously did his own stunt work, adding an extra degree of realism to the action and the intensity to his typically powerful performance.
Saturday November 19th at 6:00pm – Saboteur (1942)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Robert Cummings, Priscilla Lane, Norman Lloyd.
(115 minutes, B&W)
A theme that Hitchcock used over and over again, an innocent man is accused of sabotage, and is on the run from both the police and the Nazi spies actually responsible for the dastardly deed. From an aircraft factory in Los Angeles to Radio City Music and the Statue Of Liberty in New York, the action is non-stop in one of Hitchcock’s best films.
Saturday October 29th at 8:20pm – The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
Starring Alec Guinness, William Holden, Sessue Hayakawa. Directed by David Lean
(161 minutes, B&W)
This film ranks as one of the greatest films of all time, combining sweeping vision with human scale, and is also one of director David Lean’s best films. It is a riveting dramatization of the peculiar cruelty of the Pacific Theatre in World War II, and of the madness and bravery inherent in all war. The story is loosely based on the historical construction of the Burma Railway by the POWs and forced civilian conscripts who were used by the occupying Japanese as slave labor.
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This coming Saturday, November 12th, The Landmark Loews Jersey is hosting a 35mm screening the 1966 Batman feature staring Adam West and Burt Ward. We are getting the Fox vault print, so it should look good. Catwoman Lee Meriwether will be there in person to discuss the film.
This is not a Friends Of The Loews show, but rather a rental as part of a comic book convention taking place in Teaneck NJ earlier in the day. Their website link is below.
NJ Comic Expo
For the weekend of October 28rd and 29th, The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre, the metro area’s favorite venue for classic films located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, continues its 11th consecutive year of classic film screenings.
For October, three Halloween favorites. We recommend attending with someone who’s blood is above room temperature.
Friday October 28rd at 8:00pm – The House On Haunted Hill (1958)
Starring Vincent Price, Directed by William Castle. (175 minutes, B&W)
Wealthy Vincent Price challenges seven people to spend the night in a haunted house. Those who make it through the night will be paid $10,000, assuming they are still alive… Presented with EMERGO! William Castle’s grandson will be there to talk about his legendary grandfather, the making of The House on Haunted Hill and to raffle off a copy of the newly released “House On Haunted Hill: A William Castle Annotated Screamplay” – the newly published script for the movie with Castle’s handwritten notes.
Saturday October 29th at 6:00pm – Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, Bela Lugosi & Lon Chaney, Jr. (83 minutes, B&W)
This movie is really two-for-one because in addition to Abbott & Costello, the three most iconic characters of Universal Picture’s now legendary classic horror are brought together here: Dracula is in search of a “simple, pliable” brain with which to revive the long dormant Frankenstein Monster. It turns out that the “ideal” brain belongs to the hapless Lou Costello. Soon, Laurence Talbot, better known as The Wolf Man, arrives to warn Costello and his pal Bud Abbott about Dracula’s plans. Both horror and hilarity ensue.
Saturday October 29th at 8:15pm – The Cabinet Of Doctor Caligari (1919)
Starring Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt. Directed by Robert Wiene. (71 minutes, B&W)
Silent film to be accompanied by Wayne Zimmerman at the organ.
Featuring highly stylized, often nightmare-like sets, stark lighting and shadows, and angled cinematography perfectly fit its theme of madness and disorientation, and made it perhaps the most visually striking movie yet produced. It defined the look of German Expressionist cinema — which went on to influence American horror films, Orson Welles, Film Noir, Hitchcock, and more.
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The upcoming weekend of September 23rd and 24th, The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre, the tri-state area’s favorite venue for classic films located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, starts its 11th consecutive year of classic film screenings.
For September, three classic crime caper classics.
Unlike Some Other Classic Motion Picture Venues, All Our Show Are Still Presented Exclusively From High Resolution 35mm Motion Picture Film With Genuine Carbon Arc Projection, On Our Giant 50 Foot Wide Screen.
Friday September 23rd at 8:00pm – The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
Starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway
Directed by Norman Jewison. (102 minutes, Color)
He was young, handsome, a millionaire – and he’d just pulled off the perfect crime! She was young, beautiful, a super sleuth – sent to investigate it!
Saturday September 24th at 6:15pm – Take The Money And Run (1969)
Starring and Directed by Woody Allen (85 minutes, Color)
He robbed 16 banks. He got caught 16 times. His record is perfect…
Saturday September 24th at 8:15pm – The Sting (1973)
Starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw
Directed by George Roy Hill. (129 minutes, Color)
All it takes is a little Confidence…
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A belated Happy Birthday to the Oritani. If it had survived, it would have been 85 years old back on May 6, 2011.
This is NOT a theatre. There is no screen room environment. This is a restaurant only. The website list above is invalid. The correct website for this restaurant is realitybites.com
The theatre was heavily damaged in a flood in June 2011, and reportedly will not be re-opening.
For the weekend of June 10th and 11th, The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, continues its 10th consecutive year of classic film screenings with a 3 film tribute to composer Bernard Herrmann.
As Always, All Our Show Are Presented Exclusively From High Resolution 35mm Motion Picture Film With Genuine Carbon Arc Projection, On Our Giant 50 Foot Wide Screen.
Friday June 10th at 8:00pm, Cape Fear (1962)
Starring Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen.
Directed by J. Lee Thompson. (106 minutes, B&W)
Gregory Peck, playing the straight-laced hero as usual, is the perfect counter-point to Robert Mitchum in what becomes a psychotic game of cat and mouse. Peck’s growing frustration and terror at his utter helplessness, both legally and physically, to head off what Mitchum is so relentlessly doing is devastatingly palpable. The supporting cast is excellent. And Bernard Herrmann’s haunting score is literally pitch-perfect.
Saturday June 11th at 6:00pm, The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad (1958)
Starring Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer & Torin Thatcher.
Special Effects by Ray Harryhausen.
Directed by Nathan Juran. (94 minutes, Color)
One of Ray Harryhausen’s best work is The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, an Arabian Night-inspired tale of Sinbad as he sails the seas, forms an uneasy alliance with an evil magician and battles a Cyclops, a two-headed Roc and a magically resurrected skeleton. The action starts right away and continues throughout the film, and Bernard Herrmann’s score is the perfect companion, adding mood that enhances the visual effects. Herrmann went on to score three more Harryhausen films.
Saturday June 11th at 8:10pm – The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Starring James Stewart & Doris Day.
Directed by Alfred Hitchock. (120 minutess, Color)
American tourists Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day witness the killing of a Frenchman they’ve recently befriended. Just before dying, the man whispers a secret to Stewart; a political assassination will occur during a concert at London’s Albert Hall. But Stewart soon finds out that he dare not go to the police, because foreign agents have kidnapped his son to insure his silence.
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Is there any way to get the comments to display oldest to newest like this thread and the old site? Reading comments in reverse order is somewhat confusing.
The old site displayed comments with our “display name”. The new site always uses our username, along with a display name if we provide one. It would be nice to go back to only the the display name. When I registered at the old site, I believe it indicated that my username would not be public.
[size=4][color=red]The Landmark Loews Jersey â€" The Wonder Theatre Of New Jersey[/color][/size]
For the weekend of May 20th and 21th), The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, continues its 10th consecutive year of classic films with three visually striking films that showcase cinema as an art form.
Friday May 20th at 7:45pm â€" Barry Lyndon (1975)
Starring Ryan Oâ€™Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee.
Directed by Stanley Kubrick. (184 minutes. Rated PG)
To recreate both the aesthetic style of 18th century paintings and the physical look of the period, Stanley Kubrick, cinematographer John Alcott and production designer Ken Adam used authentic antique props and costumes to brilliant effect, and they lit their scenes with only natural sunlight or candles, for a look that no other movie has ever touched. The result is a film of singular visual style and beauty, and one of the richest and most evocative period pieces ever made.
Saturday May 21th at 6:00pm â€" Days Of Heaven (1978)
Starring Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, Linda Manz.
Directed by Terrence Malick. (95 minutes. Rated PG)
Terrence Malick’s follow-up to his acclaimed 1973 debut Badlands confirmed his reputation as a visual poet and narrative iconoclast. Inspired by the work of silent master F.W. Murnau, and shot in natural light primarily during the “magic hour” before sunset, Malick’s spectacular imagery largely takes the place of conventional exposition and excessive dialogue. Terrence Malick, who has been called the reclusive genius of American cinema, continues to make critically acclaimed movies — only to disappear from the director’s chair for years. His latest film, Tree Of Life premiers at the Cannes Film Festival this month.
Saturday May 21th at 8:15pm â€" Sunrise (1927)
George Oâ€™Brien & Janet Gaynor.
Directed by F.W. Murnau. (110 minutes. Unrated)
Considered by many to be the finest silent film ever made by a Hollywood studio, F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise represents the art of the wordless cinema at its zenith, a movie of extraordinary visual beauty and emotional purity. Murnauâ€™s graceful moving camera, expressive lighting and superimpositions lyrically evoke the inner passion, pain and romanticism that drive a love triangle among a simple country couple and a vamp-ish city woman. The story is poignant and the acting sublime; indeed, Janet Gaynor won the first-ever Best Actress Oscar for her role in Sunrise, along with her part in another film, Seventh Heaven. But it is the extraordinary Expressionist look of the film, so carefully crafted by Murnau and his cinematographers, fellow German imports Charles Roser and Karl Struss, that lifts the film into the realm of lyricism, and winning them the first Best Photography Oscar.
The center areas of the Lobby were always carpeted and ringed with marble, as you can see from the 3 pictures from 1930 below. It looks like the carpeted areas were a little lower to compensate for the height of the carpeting. They did not want people tripping.
I remember seeing The Crimson Ghost before each Big Screen Classic a few years ago. I even remember a large poster for it in of the lobby poster cases.
Friday April 29th at 8:00pm â€" The Matrix (1999)
Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving.
Directed by The Wachowski Brothers. (136 minutes., Rated R)
What if everything that we think is real about our world is instead unreal, a virtual reality created by malevolent, all-powerful computers to fool and enslave humans? This film is a dark, convoluted and action-packed film that was one of the biggest sci-fi titles of its decade. If the ever-more complicated story gets confusing enough at times to make you feel as if you’ve become hopelessly lost in the user’s guide to the latest version of Windows — that’s the point: the film deliberately creates a kind of techno-intoxication to overload and confuse you, break your hold on the ordinary and numb you before completely overwhelming your senses with its special effects. Few films mess with your mind and cause your eyes to pop so far out of your head as “The Matrix.” It is a must to be seen on the Big Screen.
Saturday April 30th at 6:00pm â€" The Thing From Another World (1951)
Starring Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, Robert Cornthwaite, James Arness. Produced by Howard Hawks. Directed by Christian Nyby. (87minutes.)
An intelligent script; a fast pace; rapid-fire overlapping dialogue; a tight, controlled atmosphere; a smart and competent female character; and relaxed, natural performances — all are hallmarks of this movie by Howard Hawks. The â€œthingâ€ itself is seen only in fleeting glances, a directorial decision that built incredible tension while also mostly avoiding the unintentionally funny â€œman in a rubber suitâ€ scenes that plague so many sci-fi films of the era. The cast is excellent, though none were stars at the time Underlying all is the palpable dread of a lurking, unforgiving enemy that gripped America in the McCarthy era.
Saturday April 30th at 8:10pm â€" John Carpenterâ€™s The Thing (1982)
Starring Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Richard Dysart, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat.
Directed by John Carpenter. (108 minutes., Rated R)
When it was released in 1982, John Carpenterâ€™s “The Thingâ€ was mostly panned as a debasement of the original. But time has lent perspective, and today the film is generally recognized as that most rare of remakes: not a copy, but a successful new adaptation that stems from distinct creative instincts and different sensibilities. The Cold War allusions of the earlier film are gone, and there is much less of an â€œus vs. itâ€ feeling than an even more paranoid â€œyou canâ€™t trust anyoneâ€ mindset. And to top it off, the John Carpenter film is actually truer to the short story that both films were based on. Watching to two films back to back gives one an intriguing look at how two very different film-makers interpreted the same story, giving us two films that are at once the same, yet so different that having seen just one, you will not know the outcome of the other.
It is my understanding, that may not be 100% correct, is that the owner of the Shop-Rite mall strip mall will only rent the theater on a month by month basis, as the want to eventually demolish the entire complex and replace it with a larger Shop-Rite and more profitable stores. The cost of upgrading the projection equipment for digital cinema, a requirement these days, would be so expensive that without a long term lease you will never get back your money.
I was also told by someone involved with the township that when the theatre closed, it was going to be gutted and leased to Tractor Supply hardware store chain, but the deal fell though when the economy tanked.
“Me and Orson Wells” is available via Streaming Netflix in HD.
For the last weekend of March (25th and 26th), The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, continues its 10th consecutive year of classic films with three comedy classics to usher in the start of spring.
The theatre is 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 theatreâ€™s boxoffice.
Unlike Some Other Classic Motion Picture Venues, All Our Show Are Presented Exclusively From High Resolution 35mm Motion Picture Film With Genuine Carbon Arc Projection, On Our Giant 50 Foot Wide Screen.
Friday March 25th at 8:00pm â€" The Lady Eve (1941)
Starring Barbara Stanwyck & Henry Fonda.
Directed by Preston Sturges. (93 minutes.)
Always the ironic satirist with a gift for terrific characters, improbably wild scenarios and perfectly tuned dialogue, the great writer/director Preston Sturges had what is, arguably, his most glittering success in The Lady Eve. Without doubt, the film is one of the most sparklingly funny screwball comedies ever made, replete with beguilingly ribald sexual innuendo and such overt overtones about the appeals of dishonesty and criminality itâ€™s a wonder that Sturges got away it all in the face of the puritanical Hollywood Production Code.
Saturday March 26th at 6:00pm â€" Beetlejuice (1988)
Starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin & Winona Ryder.
Directed by Tim Burton. (92 minutes.)
A deliciously off-the-wall, fast paced comedy-horror, Beetlejuice was Tim Burtonâ€™s second feature â€" and it not only defined his signature mix of wild imagination, sweetly fractured characters, surreal sensibility, gothic whimsy and dazzling special effects, but also firmly established him as one of the most original movie makers of our time. Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are a young married couple who are killed in a car accident but are stuck haunting this world before they can move on to the next. When an obnoxious yuppie couple and their unhappy, Goth-obsessed daughter (played by Catherine Oâ€™Hara, Jeffrey Jones and Winona Ryder in her break-out role) move in to their old home, Davis and Baldwin try to frighten them away. But when their fledgling haunting skills prove less than effective, the two turn in desperation to a veteran spook: a yellow-haired, profane and thoroughly gonzo spirit played to over-the-top perfection by Michael Keaton. And thatâ€™s when the unique Burton blend of comedy and the macabre really takes off.
Saturday March 26th at 8:20pm â€" A Shot In The Dark (1964)
Starring Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, Herbert Lom.
Directed by Blake Edwards. (101 minutes.)
A murder has been committed at the palatial Parisian residence of George Sanders. All the evidence points to sexy, wide-eyed housemaid (Elke Sommer). But then the gloriously, monumentally inept Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) arrives on the scene and sets out to prove her innocence. What follows is an unbroken series of impeccable gags played out at a mad pace.
And Twice Is The Only Way To Live…
Good lineup. I’m especially excited to see The Party, one of the all time funny Blake Edwards/Peter Sellers films.