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The Landmark Loews Jersey in Jersey City still runs 35mm as their format of choice for their monthly classic film series. This coming Friday/Saturday they are running 12 Monkeys, Sullivan’s Travels, and Arsenic and Old Lace, all in 35mm. They do occasionally run Blurays, but they actively try to avoid them. However you should note, the Loews Jersey is an arts center, not a first run movie theatre. It is available for rentals, and they will assist you in booking 35mm prints, but renting the theatre (or any theatre) is rather expensive.
The Union County Arts Center in Rahway, the old RKO Rahway Theatre, still has 35mm capability, but they rarely use it.
As far as I know, those are the only 2 venues in this area west of the Hudson that still can run 35mm.
As far as free admission for seniors for the classic film series, the town of Ramapo purchased the $80k (or more) digital projector for the theatre, and up through last fall was paying for the cost of renting the film prints for the classics in return for letting the seniors in for free. The theatre got the better end of that deal.
The Loews Jersey has the capability of running HD Digital, but not DCI Compliant DCPs that first run theatres are now using.
What that means in plain English is that for classic films, when they run digital, it tends to be a Bluray Disc.
I do know that they still go out of their way to obtain 35mm prints whenever possible.
Hi Mark. Just a heads up, I am no longer involved with projecting films at the Loews, so I cannot comment on specific issues for specific shows. However, I do give them credit for being the only venue in Northern NJ that still runs classic films in 35mm whenever possible. It would be a lot easier and cheaper for them to just run digital, but everyone there appreciates the “magic” of presenting real film.
MGM acquired the assets of UA some time ago. Most of the James Bond films released since the late 1990’s have had MGM/UA above the lion.
The studios were striking new prints of select titles for repertory theatres up until about 4 years ago, and they still strike “vault” prints for their own archiving, reference, and special screening purposes. As to whether or not a venue outside of Los Angeles can get these vault prints is iffy at best.
Yes Mark, I agree that most prints can be made to look decent provided that the projectionist is given access to the print sufficiently in advance to go through it.
For example, I was told that last weekends print of Ocean’s 11 arrived at the theatre just in time for the show. They barely had time to make sure all the reels were heads out.
On the other hand, if the print is faded, scratched, or has splices with enough footage missing that the audience will notice it, there is nothing the projectionist can do.
Again, I am not saying that there no incompetent projectionist, but I am saying that there can be other reasons for a poor presentation.
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.
Movies this coming weekend:
Guns Of Navarone at 8pm
Ocean’s 11 (1960 Version) at 6pm
Touch Of Evil at 8:40pm
All presented films in 35mm
Yes. To have a film festival, you need to actually run film. The Lafayette runs all video these days. That is not to say that their classic movie series is not fun, but the magic of actual film is gone.
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.
Although the 35mm projectors are still in the booth at the Lafayette, they are no longer connected and all the 35mm sound equipment is no longer functional.
They currently run DCP for first run, and DCP when available for their classics, and Bluray when not.
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.
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I’ve stopped attending the Saturday morning film series when I found out that they no longer run film, and that many of these classic movie shows are not even 2K DCP’s, but rather consumer Bluray discs.
Movieguy, what would be helpful is if we were informed as to the format they are presenting the motion picture. While I will go out to see a 2K DCP presentation, I will never pay a theatre to see a consumer Bluray that I can watch at home.
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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Hey Movieguy, that is old news. The Lafayette emailed me that information yesterday, as it did everyone who signs up for their weekly programming announcements.
movieguy, you have gone way beyond the point of diminishing returns.
I don’t really care if you are involved with the theatre, or just a fanboy. In either case, posting the same announcements more than once is annoying because every time someone posts for this theatre, I get an email. You are basically using CinemaTreasures to SPAM me. Yes, I can unsubscribe to the Lafayette Theatre comments, but I actually do like the theatre and if one announcement per show is the price to pay for keeping up on what is happening there, no problem. Multiple emails for the same show are really annoying.
Ultimately, you cost the Lafayette one more customer, as I do not do business with spammers. I will have nothing more to do with the Lafayette until this stops.
Finally, I don’t know what you are trying to accomplish. You are preaching to the choir. Almost everyone here already knows what a great theatre the Lafayette is. Those that want email announcements are already signed up to the theatre’s email list (as am I). You would do better to place flyers on the windshields of cars at the Palisades Mall, because once you get someone to come to the Lafayette Theatre for the first time, chances are they will come back.
And to the theatre’s management, running movies that are already available on DVD/Bluray is not a good long term business plan.
January 2015 Movies At The Loews Jersey
Friday Jan 30 – Cat On A Hot Tin Roof – 8PM
Saturday Jan 31 – White Heat – 6PMSaturday Jan 31 – Dog Day Afternoon – 8:20PM
I am confused. Everyone who is playing American Sniper is opening it on Thursday the 15th. In fact, AMC Palisades Mall has 3 shows on Thursday. I’m not seeing how this is a special sneak preview.
Organ accompaniment for Metropolis by Bernie Anderson.
The Landmark Loews Jersey Screenings This Friday April 25 and Saturday April 26
New York, New York. The city’s so nice they had to name it twice…
Friday April 25th at 8PM
The French Connection
Nothing say’s New York better than this gritty tale of international drug smugglers and corrupt cops. 35mm film presentation.
Saturday April 26th at 6pm.
An amazing tour of Coney Island in the 1950’s. It is the story of a little boy who runs away from home, to hide out at New York City’s playground, Coney Island. 35mm Film Presentation.
Saturday April 26th at 8pm
Harold Lloyd’s classic comedy about a New York a small time Trolly operator trying to keep his business afloat against bigger competitors who will use any means to take over his routes. The highlight of the film is a mad rush though the crowded streets of Manhattan to get the real life Babe Ruth to the real life Yankee Stadium in time for a game. 35mm film presentation, organ accompaniment by Bernie Anderson.
And so goes the Boyd Theatre in Philadelphia. In 2005, Live Nation bought the theatre, and it has been boarded up ever since. According to news reports, they have started demolishing this art deco gem so they can sell the building to a company that plans to build a modern multiplex.
Cinema Treasures Boyd Theatre web site.
Paramount definitely has 35mm titles available, as ongoing screenings at The Landmark Loews Jersey, The Film Forum, and The Museum Of The Moving Image will attest.
Unfortunately, it is my understanding that this fall’s entire series at the Lafayette is going to presented on video. I guess this leaves The Landmark Loews Jersey as the last venue in the area west of the Hudson still running classic films in 35mm. Nelson and Pete will be missed.
The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre is the metro area’s favorite venue for classic 35mm 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.
This coming weekend will start our fall seasons classic films with a look back at some great car chase films.
Friday September 27th at 8:00pm – The Blues Brothers (1980)
Starring John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd,.
Directed by John Landis. (133 minutes, Color)
Jake and Elwood Blues put on a show to save the orphanage where they grew up, and some of the greatest blues/jazz musicians help out along the way.
Saturday September 28th at 6:30pm – Duel (1971)
Starring Dennis Weaver and a truck.
Directed by Steven Spielberg. (90 minutes, Color)
Twilight zone alumni Richard Matheson wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s first feature length film. There is a Big Rig chasing Dennis Weaver in a Duel to the death!
Saturday September 28th at 8:30pm – Bullitt (1968)
Starring Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn.
Directed By Peter Yates. (114 minutes, Color)
San Francisco is the backdrop to this tale of police corruption and murder.
Visit The Landmark Loews Jersey web site for details.
The first show of the fall season will be on Sept 27 & 28. The films will be posted here and on the theatres web site when the bookings are confirmed.
For me, the big question for the Lafayette’s classic film series, should the new management choose to continue it, is whether they will continue to book 35mm film prints, or just run “digital” video. I can watch “digital” video at home.