Loew's Jersey Theatre

54 Journal Square,
Jersey City, NJ 07306

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Theaterat on April 3, 2005 at 9:24 am

Did the Jersey last night( april 2) After only 2 visits – The first for Ben Hur, this has become my favorite theater. Really liked Jailhouse Rock in the widescreen format. Stayed for the Haunting too. Excellent, intelligent film- the kind of shocker where your immagination is able to scare you more than FX can. The theater is a little rough around the edges, but the volunteers and others who are running the show deserve a standing ovation! This is moviegoing the way it used to be…and should be. With such winners like Miss Congeniality 2 and the Pacifier( to only name two) this was the best show in town!

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 3, 2005 at 8:12 am

Last night was one of the best revival house experiences I’ve ever had: THE HAUNTING at the Loew’s Jersey. The theater looks a little bit like the house in the movie, what with the huge open spaces, the heavy curtains, the mirrors, the sculpted faces and heads all over the place, etc., and the way the soundtrack echoed and boomed throughout the place – I tell ya, I’ve seen the movie countless times on video and even a few times in 35mm, but nothing compared to how frightening the movie became in a theater like the Loew’s.

HenryAldridge on March 28, 2005 at 11:00 am

Does anyone know if Dick Leibert played at this theater before he went to the Brooklyn Paramount?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 16, 2005 at 4:53 pm

Posted today on the Loew’s Kings page:

The Brooklyn Paramount is larger and more sumptuous than the Kings, mainly because of its location in downtown Brooklyn, which was the equivalent of a major city in those days. The Brooklyn Paramount was also the first theatre built in the project that Loew’s took over from Paramount and became known as the “Loew’s Wonder Theatres.” That’s how Rapp & Rapp became architects of the Kings. They had already been scheduled for it by Paramount…The Brooklyn Paramount now seems to have an edge over the Kings in restoration to a theatre, since it’s in better physical condition and better served by public transportation.
posted by Warren on Mar 16, 2005 at 10:10am

Friends of the Paramount, unite!

teecee on March 16, 2005 at 10:26 am

There are some photos of the Stanley and Loew’s Jersey Theaters here:
View link
posted by lostmemory on the Stanley listing Mar 16, 2005 at 10:27am

Thanks LM for finding this one!

VincentParisi on March 16, 2005 at 6:26 am

Nice double feature with starting times well placed. Please do more programs like this. Great stuff.

mdvoskin on March 16, 2005 at 6:13 am

The Loews Jersey’s next film weekend (April 1 & 2) is now on-line, all black & white wide screen films.

  • Woody Allen’s Manhattan
  • Jail House Rock
  • The Haunting

Click on http://www.loewsjersey.org for more information and show dates and times.


JimRankin on March 15, 2005 at 12:08 am

Note that colors as seen on the printed page and on screen come from different technologies, so one must expect some differences in what one sees. The producers of the different media also may have different opinions and objectives in making colors brighter or diming them according to their marketing purposes. Sad to say, there is not ‘one color fits all.’ And when you get into the color of a video/TV image in either the NTSC or the new ATSC American color systems, it is yet again a whole new ball game!

mahermusic on March 14, 2005 at 5:12 pm

Colin Egan lives and breathes the Loew’s Jersey… he, Pattie, and all of us think of this as our (very large) baby….. just needing a LOT of changing.

VincentParisi on March 14, 2005 at 2:00 pm

And what I want to know is why the colors of the souvenir book photos match those of the print the Jersey showed?
I remember someone complaining when the restored Fair Lady played at the Ziegfeld in ‘93 that the colors were not as vivid as he remembered however they matched the colors that I remembered from the Broadway on Broadway 70mm print and the photos in the souvenir book. The only things that did not match were the astounding 6 track sound of the Warner Cinerama and its large curved head-on screen.

mdvoskin on March 14, 2005 at 1:45 pm

You know, sometimes memory plays tricks on you. A few years ago (3 to be exact), I got to see an original release 35mm British IB Tech print of Ben Hur. Let me tell you, the color quality, both in intensity and shading, on the new print is not significantly different.

The issue with using private prints is a complicated one. Some of the studios will allow you to run a privately owned collector print if you pay the licensing fee, and other will not. Both Ben Hur and GWTW are distributed by Warner, which will not. It would not be responsible for us to risk someones print, and our good relationship with Warner Brothers, to run a private print when they specifically do not approve.

Loews Jersey Projection Staff


As Pete has stated, the Loews Jersey does not have mag stereo capabilities.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on March 14, 2005 at 8:21 am

The Loew’s Jersey and its vertical sign are visible in a photograph of Journal Square that appears on page 28 of Kevin Lynch’s book The Image of the City. The photo is undated, but the book has a 1960 copyright. The photo is too small to be able to read the marquee.

In this photo, Journal Square looks like a frightening place for a pedestrian, with a wide sea of traffic going everywhere.

VincentParisi on March 14, 2005 at 6:57 am

Yes I remember that echo from the Westwood Pascack and the Hackensack Fox. What warm memories that evokes. I remember standing at the back of the balcony at the Loews Jersey once while they were working and was amazed at how wonderful the sound was coming from the stage. One of those secrets that seems to be lost with time.
I can’t give enough credit to Collin and his crew for what they have achieved. To take on Jersey politicos and Jersey developers and come out on top is beyond miraculous.

YMike on March 13, 2005 at 9:47 pm

I hope some day they open the balcony so we can all experience the acoustics. For now the echo reminds me of being in the Loews Oriental before it was split into three theaters.

mahermusic on March 13, 2005 at 6:57 pm

The Loew’s Jersey’s acoustics are incredible. I’ve told you guys about interesting things about the Jersey in earlier posts here, but I can also tell you that I can stand in the last row of the balcony, and hear people talking in normal conversation on the stage… clearly!

MrAudio on March 12, 2005 at 6:59 am

For some reason, I thought the Jersey did have mag capability. Thanks Peter for the heads up.

That echo….. When I first went to the Jersey during their first annual Comedy Fest, I was struck by two things. First, the decor of the auditorium which immediately reminded me of the UA Ridgewood where I spent most of my movie going youth (this was waaaaaay before they first triplexed, and from what I hear now, five plexed the place). Of course, the Jersey was more intricate and much larger, but the style was the same. Even down to the “fake” boxes.

The second was that echo! Warm, almost tangible feelings of being transported back to my youth immediately overtook me. This was how movies sounded when I was growing up! I had become so used to the modern acoustically “dead” room sound of modern cinemas, I had forgotten how things used to sound in a grand old palace.

Of course that echo was there in the Ridgewood because, like the Lowes Jersey, their balcony was never open, so the theater never reached full capacity, and the sound just bounced around all that open space.

Saps is right, if the Jersey was full, that echo would be greatly diminished. Then you would hear how wonderful acoustically the old place really is.

Divinity on March 12, 2005 at 4:00 am

I love the echo. It reminds one of the scale of this cavernous movie palace.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 11, 2005 at 9:54 pm

Let’s fill it with 3300 people and see how it sounds then!

PeterApruzzese on March 11, 2005 at 5:52 pm

The Jersey does not have mag stereo capability at this time, so a mag print – if even a runnable one still exists – of Ben-Hur wouldn’t have done them any good. Optical Dolby Stereo can sound very good when the proper care is taken transferring the mag tracks. The LJ has a bit of an echo problem, but overall the sound is good, IMO.

MrAudio on March 11, 2005 at 12:13 pm


It’s quite possible. I remember being very young when seeing it and for me the late 60’s and early 70’s kind of blend together. ;)

It is quite possible it wasn’t a wide re-release and I saw it as a “one-off” matinee at my local theater (The UA Ridgewood in Brooklyn) They used to do that quite a bit back then. I do remember it was during the afternoon when I came out pretending I was riding that cahriot.

I do know I saw The Ten Commnadments on it’s last go round in about ‘73 or '74 in Downtown Brooklyn. I was about 10 and was sick, but my folks thought I should see it on the big screen at least once. To show you where my head was at cinematically at the time…when Vincent Price came on screen I blurted out “Mom, you didn’t tell me this was a Vincent Price movie!!” lol

And…IB prints are available. Archives and private collectors are in posession of many, many treasured titles. And that ties into one of Bob’s biggest strengths in that he is well known and respected by both sides. He can get things done in respect to getting good, accurate prints. His rep in both camps is something that is extraordinarily hard to achieve in the celluloid jungle.

RobertR on March 11, 2005 at 12:02 pm

Many collectors have IB prints. One of my friends has an IB GTWT in 16mm. A few times he had prints I wanted to show at Cinema Village so I would book the film the regular way but use his prints.

VincentParisi on March 11, 2005 at 11:44 am

Mr.Audio could you be talking about the late ‘60’s rather than early 70’s for the last go round? And are the IB prints for films like GWTW and Ben Hur even available? The studios for these classic films seem pretty uncaring.
However when I win the lottery and build my classic film theater adaptable for everything from silents to CinemaScope 2.55 to Todd AO to 3 screen Cinerama I want Bob to program it for me.

teecee on March 11, 2005 at 11:41 am

I don’t think that this link has been posted here yet:

Keep hitting the “More pictures” button for all three pages.

MrAudio on March 11, 2005 at 10:20 am

It’s good to see I’m not the only one who felt the showing was off!

As far as the color goes, it’s a resolution issue. The tone of the colors was close, but the shades and nuances were obliterated. A classic case of poor quality control, rushed Eastmancolor processing. I saw Ben-Her in it’s last go round as a kid in the early 70’s and it looked rich. It left an impression on me the way the earth tone color scheme of much of the movie was so vivid and opulent.

I was thinking about that last night, and it did dawn on me that some of the faults I found with the print may not have been faults as such. One thing that bears mentioning that I forgot and no one seems to have picked up on, is the issue of “horses for courses” (if I can make the pun)

Up a ways in this discussion forum you’ll note entries from Bob Furmanek about his departure from being programmer at the theater.

Now, the one thing that Bob did there more than any other that contributed to the wonderful success of his screenings was his attention to the prints used.

The carbon arc lighting that the Jersey uses forms a synergistic match to the old dense IB tech and black and white prints that he would book for showings. It’s a bright, bright, light, and much less “blue” illumination than modern Xenon lamps. Modern prints just don’t look good with that type of projection. That may explain the washed out look and off color of the film last Saturday. I think it can even affect preception of focus.

This is why it is so sad they parted ways. I know he would have scored an archive IB Tech print with Mag tracks for Ben-Hur if he were still affiliated with them. And he would have also scored a true archive IB tech print of “Gone With The Wind” as well.

It’s a shame when these “factions” develop and cause misery. I can only hope one day the wounds will heal and the “family” that started the Lowe’s Jersey ressurection will be whole again.

And Andyc, I hear ya on the sightlines issue. I always wondered why they built theaters with such a subtle angle to the floor back then. I’m only 5'4", and it would be very unfortunate to have sat behind you last Saturday! LOL!! I mean…that issue had to exist back then, no? :P

VincentParisi on March 10, 2005 at 9:54 am

Interesting because I am very sensitive to focus and if it is slightly off it drives me crazy whereas other people don’t seem to notice or care unless it is really bad. And yes there were times when it was slightly out of focus but I thought the projectionist really did a good job of keeping on top of it. I’ve had experiences in the past where entire reels would be out of focus and I would have to complain.
As for the color. I saw a bit of the film not long ago on TCM and I would say the color was comparable and it also matches the tones in the souvenir book for the movie. So what did the movie really look like in ‘59?