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This coming weekend of January 29th and 30th, 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 with its first screenings of 2010. This season, we are saluting the decades that the Landmark Loews Jersey has been entertaining us, starting with some classic films from the 1930â€™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 theatreâ€™s boxoffice.
All Show Are Presented In 35mm With Genuine Carbon Arc Projection On Our Giant 50 Foot Wide Screen.
Friday January 29th at 8:00pm â€" The Thin Man (1934)
Starring William Powell & Myrna Loy. Also starring Maureen Oâ€™Sullivan, Nat Pendleton. Cesar Romero.
Directed by W.S. Van Dyke (93 minutes)
This adaptation of Dashiell Hammettâ€™s novel defined the genre of movie that succeeds in the unlikely but exquisitely entertaining mix of mystery and sophisticated comedy. Nick Charles (Powell) is a private investigator who has just retired after marrying wealthy socialite Nora (Loy) â€" only to be goaded by his thrill-seeking bride into investigating the recent disappearance of an inventor. The film succeeds in no small part because of the electric chemistry between Powell and Loy â€" who as Nick and Nora remain one of Hollywoodâ€™s most legendary on-screen couples. Their witty repartee, which often makes them seem more like saucy secret lovers than a married couple, is still great fun to listen to 76 years later. The filmâ€™s stylish Deco sets and wardrobe also gave a much needed taste of glamour to Depression-era audiences. Though originally planned as a â€œB pictureâ€ it proved immensely popular and inspired five sequels plus countless imitations.
Saturday January 30th at 6:30pm â€" Top Hat (1935)
Starring Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers. Also starring Edward Everett Horton, Helen Broderick, Eric Blore.
Music by Irving Berlin. (99 minutes)
“Top Hat” is classy, Depression-era escapism at its best. If the storyline is a typical mistaken-identity romantic comedy, what puts the movie in a class all its own is the stunning combination of an Irving Berlin score, the incomparable choreography and dance of Fred Astaire, the charismatic screen chemistry between Astarie and Ginger Rogers, and a dynamite supporting cast. (Look for Lucille Ball in a small role.) The Deco-infused sets, plus Mark Sandrichâ€™s deft direction â€" which can best be described as effervescent â€" burnish the luster of â€œTop Hatâ€ to a fine sheen and have made the film the epitome of 1930s glamour.
Saturday January 30th at 8:40pm â€" Gold Diggers Of Broadway 1933
Starring Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Guy Kibbee, Warren Williams, Ginger Rogers, Sterling Holloway. Choreography by Busby Berkeley. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. (96minutes)
If Busby Berkeleyâ€™s name is still synonymous with over-the-top musical numbers, â€œGold Diggers of 1933â€ is one of the best showcases of the outrageously lavish choreography, seemingly endless chorus lines, fluid camera work and dizzying overhead compositions that were his hallmark. And in addition to Berkeleyâ€™s signature talent, the movie also boasts an amazing mix of comedy, gritty Depression-era commentary, romance and pre-Production Code sex. A sweet love story between Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell unfolds while unemployed showgirls struggle to survive hard times by pragmatically using their â€œassetsâ€ to charm backers for a new show. Thereâ€™s the cheekily salacious â€œPettinâ€™ in the Parkâ€ number, Berkeley’s jaunty “We’re in the Money” extravaganza that features coin-clad chorus girls and Ginger Rogers singing in Pig Latin, and the downbeat finale “Remember My Forgotten Man” that is firmly rooted in the grim realities of the 1930s. All of this makes â€œGold Diggers of 1933â€ one of the best pre-Production Code musicals, and one of the best remembered movies of the 1930s.
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[size=1]The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre[/size]
Bernie Anderson is my personal favorite of all the GTOS organists. I wish they would use him more often at their events. Here is a clip of Bernie Anderson playing the Wonder Morton Theatre Organ at The Landmark Loews Jersey:
Bernie Anderson at The Landmark Loews Jersey
After all, this is The Landmark Loews Jersey thread…
This is how it looked at the end.
On the weekend of December 4th and 5th, The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, continues its 80th Birthday Jubilee and 9th consecutive year of classic films with its final screenings of 2009.
Friday December 4th at 8:00pm â€" Holiday Inn (1947)
Starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds. Music by Irving Berlin. (101mins.)
This great chestnut of a movie has been a holiday tradition for generations. It introduced Irving Berlin’s timeless song “White Christmas” and â€œEaster Paradeâ€, each of which later spawned their own movies. Crosby plays a retired nightclub crooner who buys a Connecticut inn and decides to only open it on holidays, when he stages nightclub-esque revues — which naturally allows for some very memorable song-and-dance numbers. And, of course, the plot includes an amiable rivalry between Crosby and Astaire for Reynold’s affections. The scene in which Crosby first sings “White Christmas” is a very enjoyable part of film history and a great moment in our popular culture.
Don’t miss the chance to see this tradition on the BIG screen.
Saturday December 5th at 7:30pm â€" Modern Times (1936)
Starring Charlie Chaplin & Paulette Goddard. Directed by Charlie Chaplin. (89mins)
In addition to starring and directing, Chaplin wrote the film’s script and arranged the music for the recorded sound track that also included sound effects but no dialogue — this was Chaplin’s last “silent” film. One of Chaplin’s greatest works, it is a hilarious but also poignant satire of the struggles of modern life — as relevant today in the “information age” as it was when new, in the “machine age.” The episodic nature of the plot allows Chaplin to perform some of his most memorable comedic routines, including the iconic scene of Chaplin rolling through the gears of an enormous machine.
This coming weekend of November 20th and 21st, The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, will continue its 80th Birthday Jubilee and 9th consecutive year of classic films.
Friday November 20th at 8:00pm â€" Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
Starring Charlie Chaplin. Also starring Mady Correll, Isobel Elsom, Audrey Betz, Ada May and Martha Ray. Directed by Charlie Chaplin. (124mins.)
Chaplin called this film his “cleverest and most brilliant,” but he is certainly not portraying his familiar “Little Tramp.” Here, he plays a suave serial killer who makes his living marrying and murdering lonely rich women. Chaplin turned this shocking conceit into a black comedy that seems surprisingly modern to us today — especially in its presentation of the hypocrisy of societies that condemn murder committed by individuals but glorify war.
Saturday November 21th at 2:00pm â€" For Whom The Bell Tolls (1943)
Starring Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Akim Tamiroff, Katina Paxinou. Directed by Sam Wood. (157mins.)
Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway, “For Whom the Bell Tolls” is a romantic drama set against the turbulent tapestry of the Spanish Civil War. Though downplaying the extreme ideological aspects of the war (which Hollywood found uncomfortable), the film is otherwise largely faithful to Hemingway’s writing and boasts excellent performances, torrid love scenes and first-rate Technicolor photography.
Saturday November 21th at 7:30pm â€" Forbidden Planet (1956, CinemaScope)
Starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen. Directed by Fred Wilcox. (98 mins.)
One of the most famous science fiction movies ever made. A pre-comedy Leslie Nielsen as a space traveler who discovers the planet where expatriate Earth-man Pidgeon has built a one-man empire with his daughter and Robby the Robot — which became a sci-fi icon and progenitor of robotic portrayals on both the big and small screens. Great special effects for the day, the film also boasted lavish use of the wide-screen CinemaScope and Perspecta Stereo.
[size=1]The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatreâ€™s Vitaphone Projector[/size]
One warm summer night in 1978, I was hanging out in the office of The Oritani with a friend who was the relief manager. For years the only part of the marquee that lit up was the back lit side panels announcing the current movies. I mentioned this to him, and he told me that it all worked, they were just under orders not to turn it on to save money on electricity. He opened the breaker box and though some switches, we walked out onto the street, an it was a spectacular site. All the flashing neon and sequencing bulbs in the letters were flashing. It lit up main street for blocks in either direction. I wish I had a camera that night, it was probably the last time the marquee was ever turned totally on.
The Oritani Theatre in 1967 Playing You Only Live Twice
Sunday 11/15/2009 at 3pm at The Landmark Loews Jersey
This Sunday 11/15/2009 at 3pm
Special Screening Commemorates 80th Anniversary of Anne Frank’s Birth and the 50th Anniversary of the Motion Picture Dramatization
Starring Millie Perkins, Joseph Schildkraut, Shelley Winters. Directed by George Stevens.
Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of Anne Frank’s Birth
George Stevens (director of such Hollywood classics as “Shane”, “Giant”, and “The Greatest Story Ever Told”), with the blessing of Otto Frank (Anne’s father and the only surviving member of the Frank family), directed this adaptation of the award-winning stage play based on Anne Frank’s writings, “The Diary of a Young Girl.” In Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, 13-year-old Anne Frank, a German Jew, is forced into hiding in the annex of a building with her family and another family. Struggling to survive while hiding and waiting, all the while hoping and praying for Holland to be liberated by the Allies, Anne’s story details the terror of a life of persecution and reveals the inspiring courage of the human spirit in the face of adversity. Shelley Winters received an Academy Award for her role, which she donated to the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam.
The Screening will be hosted by George Stevens, Jr.
>The theater’s new name was named after Nelson Page’s daughter.
The theatre opened under the name ABBY Cinemas in 1976, years before Nelson Page’s daughter was born.
Can we add Jerry Lewis Cinema to the list of previous names?
No, since the theatre opened with the name Cinema 35. While it was intended to be a Jerry Lewis Cinema, the company went bust before it was opened, hence the name change.
The marquee was taken down in the 1980’s, but the theater’s front remains the same.
The marquee was already gone by December of 1979 and the flat marquee in use today was there. The only difference was back then, there was a picture of a crown between the words Ramsey and Cinema.
This coming weekend of October 23rd and 24th, The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, will continue its 80th Birthday Jubilee and 9th consecutive year of classic films with an early Halloween Horror Show.
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 when you buy your ticket.
Friday October 23rd at 8:00pm â€" Carrie (1976) This is the film where we learned not to pick on girls with psychic powers. They mightnâ€™t get pissedâ€¦
Saturday October 24th at 4:00pm â€" The Wolf Man (1941) Even a man who is pure at heart and says his prayers by night may become a wolf when the wolf-bane blooms and the moon is full and bright. The man in this film certainly does.
Saturday October 24th at 7:30pm â€" Rosemaryâ€™s Baby (1968) Produced by William Castle and directed by Roman Polanski, this creepy film reminds us not to have sex with demons.
On the weekend of October 2nd and 3rd, The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey will open itâ€™s 9th season of classic films. Since it is also the theatreâ€™s 80th Birthday Jubilee, we will be presenting a selection of films either set in, or filmed in, the 1920â€™s when the Loews Jersey was young!
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. Discounted parking is located directly behind the theatre.
All Show Are Presented In 35mm On Our Huge 50 Foot Wide Screen
Friday October 2nd at 8:00pm â€" â€œThe Untouchablesâ€ (1987) Follow the exploits of Elliot Ness and his G-Men as they take down Al Capone back in the violent days of the roaring 20â€™s.
Saturday October 3rd at 4:00pm â€" â€œThe Coconutsâ€ (1929) One of the Marx Brothers earliest and funniest films, watch as they wreak havoc on a Florida hotel and itâ€™s unfortunate guests.
Saturday October 3rd at 8:00pm â€" â€œSafety Lastâ€ (1923) One of silent comedian Harold Lloydâ€™s wildest and best films, it features the famous scene of him high above a street hanging off a clock. There will be live organ accompaniment on the Landmark Loews Jerseyâ€™s Mighty Morton Theatre Pipe Organ.
Does anyone know whether any of the upcoming film events will be presented from 35mm film, or are they just DVD presentations?
The Landmark Loews Jersey will begin it’s fall season of classic films on the weekend of October 2nd & 3rd. All the titles have not been confirmed yet, but the show will include Harold Lloyd’s 1923 silent comic masterpiece, Safety Last with live organ accompaniment on the Loews Jersey’s Morton Wonder Theatre Pipe Organ.
As of today, the Abby Cinemas are now closed. The sun has set on the New Day…
This coming Saturday, May 30th The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey will be presenting the first of our final 2 shows of the season.
The Landmark Loews Jersey is located directly across from the PATH subway station connecting Manhattan with Jersey City, it is also easy to reach from most area highways.
All Show Are Presented In 35mm With Genuine Carbon Arc Projection.
Saturday May 30th at 6:00pm – The Uninvited (1944) â€" Rescheduled from an earlier date with a newly struck print!
Saturday May 30th at 8:15pm – Rebecca (1940) â€" Alfred Hitchcockâ€™s classic thriller.
The following weekend, June 5th and 6th, an animation weekend as our final shows of the season.
Friday June 5th at 8:00pm – Spirited Away (2001) â€" Acclaimed Japanese animated feature film about a little girl lost in a surreal world. Dubbed into English Version.
Saturday June 6th at 3:00pm â€" A collection of classic cartoons from the golden age of Hollywood, all in 35mm!
Saturday June 6th at 7:30pm – Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) â€" I know who framed him, do you?
*It was the lower theatre that was split into two by 1977. My mistake. *
No, you almost had it right the first time. The downstairs was intact, and the balcony was walled up to make a single, far too wide for it’s depth, theatre. The balcony was several years later cut into 2 theatres, long before the downstairs. If you remember, they built “The Route 4 Cinema” too the right of the original building, with a separate entrance, boxoffice, etc, rather than divide the downstairs of the original theatre. The last week Star Wars played at the RKO Stanely Warner, they moved it over to the smaller route 4 Cinema, and the marquee read Darth Vader in Star Wars.
Ralph Ringstad, Jr. will be playing. Go to The Garden State Theatre Organ Society for more info on the organ.
This coming weekend, May 15th and 16th, The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey will be presenting 3 more classic films from the golden age of motion pictures.
The Landmark Loews Jersey was the last of the five Loews Wonder Theatres built in the New York City metro area. Opened in 1929, it has been entertaining area movie goers ever since. The theatre is currently being operated and restored by the volunteer organization Friends Of The Loews. Located directly across from the PATH subway station connecting Manhattan with Jersey City, it is also easy to reach from most area highways.
Friday May 15th at 8pm – It Happened One Night (1934) â€" Frank Capraâ€™s screwball comedy featuring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.
Saturday May 15th at 6:00pm – Dinner At Eight (1933) â€" Staring John and Lionel Barrymore along with Jean Harlow.
Saturday May 15th at 8:30pm – The General (1927) â€" Buster Keatonâ€™s silent comedy classic with live organ accompaniment on the Loews Jersey Theatreâ€™s Morton Wonder Pipe Organ.
“The Uninvited” is scheduled for Saturday May 30th, tentatively paired with “Rebeca” on the same evening.
The weekend of May 15-16 we will be presenting “It Happened One Night”, “Dinner At 8”, and silent film “The General”. See the theatre’s web page for more info on this show.
*Did anybody see “The Lion in Winter”? How was the print, especially the color? *
The print was in excellent condition, the color perfect.
Yes, that building across from the church was the Dumont Theatre. The store with the awning was the original theatre entrance. The auditorium section was torn down and the marquee removed before I moved to Dumont in the early 1960’s, but you can clearly tell it was originally a theatre. I’ve been hunting for a picture of the theatre (unsuccessfully) for years.
Itâ€™s another weekend of classic films at The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, this coming April 24th and 25th on our huge 50 foot wide CinemaScope screen.
Friday April 24th at 8pm – A Lion In Winter (1968) – We will be running the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences archive print. Director of the film, Anthony Harvey, will be there in person to speak about his career and the film.
Saturday April 25th at 7:15pm – Journey To The Center Of The Earth (1959) – We will be running the restored 20th Century Foxâ€™s Archive Vault Print. Actress Arlene Dahl from the film will be there in person to speak about her career and the film.