Loew's Jersey Theatre

54 Journal Square,
Jersey City, NJ 07306

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GDellaFa
GDellaFa on May 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I can also make out the double water tower on top of the Loew’s. I found the Stanley!—bottom left side. If you go up from the Loew’s about 1 inch in the photo, there is a nice full view of the old State Theatre (demolished). Pretty impressive entertainment area in its day: 9,800 theatre seats within a short city block walk.

RobMinichino
RobMinichino on May 22, 2012 at 6:47 am

From that view you can see the odd kidney bean shape of the building, and how the lobby is on an angle with respect to the auditorium.

Also, the “shiny” part of the roof is where there used to be a spray pond for the building’s old air conditioning system (replaced in 1949 with the cooling tower that’s currently on the lobby roof).

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on May 22, 2012 at 6:34 am

The Stanley Theatre can also be seen in that aerial view, but it’s not as easy to spot.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm

And the writing on the back wall can be seen in the photo:

LOEW’S THEATRE
The Home of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures

You can still see it even today, but it’s badly faded.

GDellaFa
GDellaFa on May 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Tinseltoes, Great photo! Thanks for sharing. This was taken in the early 1970s because the PATH station is still under construction, probably before the theatre was tri-plexed.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on May 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm

The rectangular Loew’s Jersey building and its shiny black roof can be seen just below the center of this spectacular aerial view of Jersey City: lunaimaging

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on May 13, 2012 at 9:06 am

Do to a scheduling mishap, the show that should have taken place the last weekend in May will actually take place on the first weekend of June 1st & 2nd. The final classic film show of this season will take place the following weekend, June 8th and 9th, programming to be announced.

bolorkay
bolorkay on May 12, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Hi FOL, Just checked your film schedule. Are there any films scheduled for the end of this month, or are skipping straight to June?

Amber J. Michaud
Amber J. Michaud on May 12, 2012 at 6:45 am

I will always be fascinated with old movie theaters because of its rich history.

RobMinichino
RobMinichino on April 24, 2012 at 9:36 am

We will be able to continue purchasing carbons and projecting 35 mm for quite a while, but we are still preparing for the inevitable.

markp
markp on April 24, 2012 at 9:27 am

mdvoskin, I am wondering, with all theatres being forced to convert to digital, will you still be able to purchase carbon rods, or will that too be a thing of the past, like 35mm is soon to be?

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on April 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm

The Landmark Loews Jersey – The Wonder Theatre Of New Jersey

The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre is 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.

This coming April 27th & 28th features a weekend of nautical disasters certain to give you that sinking feeling…

Friday April 27th at 8:00pm – Lifeboat (1944)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, Walter Slezak, Hume Cronyn. (100 minutes, B&W)

A tiny lifeboat adrift in the North Atlantic holds eight survivors of a Nazi torpedo attack, spanning various classes and walks of life. A day later, the castaways pick up another passenger, a survivor from the German U-boat. At first everyone assumes he is just a simple seaman, but it develops that he is in fact the U-boat’s captain, fluent in English and very intelligent – perhaps dangerously so.

Saturday April 28th at 6:00pm – A Night To Remember (1958)

Starring Kenneth More, Honor Blackman, David McCallum, Jill Dixon.
Directed by Roy Ward Baker. (123 minutes, B&W)

It was 100 years ago this month that the HMS Titanic sank, and this film lays out the human side of the tragedy, offering an emotionally potent look at those who survived and the many who did not, while it also clearly depicts the reasons, technical and human, behind the shipwreck. Kenneth More heads a huge and stellar cast, with 200 speaking parts, as the Second Officer from whose point of view the story unfolds.

Saturday April 28th at 8:25pm – The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

Starring Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens, Shelly Winters, Jack Albertson, Pamela Sue Martin, Leslie Nielsen. Directed by Ronald Neame.
(117 minutes, Color)

After a massive tidal wave capsizes the Poseidon on her last voyage before being scrapped, the survivors divide into two groups: those who stubbornly remain where they are to await the help they are sure will come, and a handful who bravely follow impassioned Reverend Scott (Gene Hackman) in what he believes is their best chance for rescue by forging their way upward through the shattered, upside-down ship, toward what was the bottom of the hull but is now on the ocean’s surface.

Visit The Landmark Loews Jersey web site at for details.

GDellaFa
GDellaFa on March 21, 2012 at 6:01 pm

I’m hoping that the resolution will increase and prices will decrease before the Loew’s has to go to digital projection. My best advice is to plan for it now and keep the film rolling as long as possible. It is inevitable, so it is best to obtain the funds as soon as possible and run film as long as possible. Prices and quality will improve over time. Movies are the life blood of this theatre right now, so projection equipment has to be the priority.

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on March 21, 2012 at 7:43 am

At some point obtaining film prints will no longer be possible, and a DCI compliant projector and server will be required to continue showing movies. The management is aware of this, and will eventually make the upgrade as funding permits. Hopefully that will still be a few years away.

Carbons are no longer manufactured in the USA, and have not been for quite some time. India and China still use and manufacture them, and there are a few importers that bring them into the USA.

markp
markp on March 21, 2012 at 6:08 am

Just a question, but with all this talk of digital replacing film, and I know because its putting me out of a job by years end, I hear that eventually even these older movies will not be available on film, will the Jersey be getting a digital projector in due time? And another question, I love carbon arc, its what I started out on in the mid 70’s, but will rods still be available once the whole digital conversion takes place across the country?

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on March 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm

The Landmark Loews Jersey – The Wonder Theatre Of New Jersey

The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre is 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.

This coming March 30th & 31st features three Deadpan Humor Crime films.

Friday March 30th at 8:00pm – The Big Lebowski (1998)

Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi. Directed by Joel Coen. (127 minutes, Color) Rated R.

A story of mistaken identity complicated by extortion, double-crosses, deception, embezzlement, sex, pot and gallons of White Russians. It’s a series of bizarre vignettes, which might be a problem if they weren’t so funny. The title character, brilliantly played by Jeff Bridges, is a latter-day stoner version of Philip Marlowe.

Saturday March 31st at 6:00pm – Fargo (1996)

Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, Harve Presnell.
Directed by Joel Coen. (97 minutes, Color) Rated R.

Frances McDormand stars as Marge Gunderson, a very pregnant police chief whose affable, folksy demeanor only partially obscures the fact that she’s a clever, observant and very effective cop. When a pair of motorists are found slain not far from the corpse of a state trooper, Marge begins piecing together a twisted case. Frances McDormand won the Best Actress Oscar for her role.

Saturday March 31st at 8:10pm – Pulp Fiction (1994)

Starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Havey Keitel, Bruce Willis.
Directed by Quentin Tarantino. (160minutes, Color) Rated R.

The Oscar-winning script by Tarantino and Roger Avary weaves a twisted morality play as it joins the eventually intersecting storylines of Los Angeles mobsters, small-time criminals and a mysterious briefcase. The surreal yet realistic atmosphere, long takes and wittily pop-literate non-stop dialogue emotionally engage the viewer in the minutiae of the characters' experiences even as the film also comments on their status as pulp creations, rendering the moments of shockingly baroque violence simultaneously ghastly and humorous.

Visit The Landmark Loews Jersey web site at for details.

bolorkay
bolorkay on March 11, 2012 at 5:09 am

I’d love to have another “Bond” weekend. We haven’t had one in about two years, I believe.

bolorkay
bolorkay on March 11, 2012 at 5:08 am

I’m looking forward to the Coen Brothers weekend. (I hope the FOL schedules a presentation from either the editor of Cinema Retro magazine or Dr. Hirsch). How does the remainder of the film season look (through June)? Any advance previews?

GDellaFa
GDellaFa on March 6, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Mikeoaklandpark: the curtain opens across, just like it did in 1929. It’s the same texture as the valance, and looks like it can take any color.

GDellaFa
GDellaFa on March 6, 2012 at 3:56 pm

mdvoskin: about the space alien helmets…I thought about squares, but then folks might take that as “blockheads.” (–: Aliens seemed preferable…

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on March 6, 2012 at 10:55 am

So does the curtain open up or across Ed? It is absolutely beautiful

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on March 6, 2012 at 8:27 am

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 :)

RobMinichino
RobMinichino on March 6, 2012 at 8:14 am

I should also add that the center swag and straight back curtain were replaced this past summer. The old fabric had deteriorated to the point where it was tearing from its own weight.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 6, 2012 at 6:51 am

For those who just want to point and click:

Proscenium arch

Valance detail

Traveller curtain