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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.
All Show Are Presented In 35mm With Genuine Carbon Arc Projection On Our Giant 50 Foot Wide Screen.
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.
Visit The Landmark Loews Jersey web site for details.
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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.
One cannot take seriously people such as the above “screensaver”, who registered here at CinemaTreasures last Saturday solely to leave his negative comments. While constructive criticism is always welcome, this person appears to have some sort of agenda against Friends Of The Loews, and clearly did not listen to the explanation of why The Uninvited (1944) was not available. May I suggest that you do not come back, since you are so unhappy with The Landmark Loews Jersey.
NTSC Television and 16mm film is 1.33. By the 1940’s, academy ratio for theatrical films was standardized at 1.37. As Bob has correctly point out above, Marty was printed full frame but composed to be exhibited at 1.85.
most people today don’t know or care if its film or video
True, but they do care about good and bad presentation. What most people don’t do is complain about poor presentation, they just don’t come back.
For our March shows, The Landmark Loews Jersey is presenting a weekend of black & white ghost stories rarely seen on the big screen:
Fri March 27th at 8pm
….The Uninvited (1944)
Sat March 28th at 6pm
….The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (1947) Studio Archive Vault Print.
Sat March 28th at 8:30pm
….The Innocents (1961) Studio Archive Vault Print.
I’m there for most Friday movies, almost never there on Saturdays. If you ever make it up to the Jersey on one of our movie Fridays, please ask for me.