Loew's Jersey Theatre

54 Journal Square,
Jersey City, NJ 07306

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Theatrefan
Theatrefan on October 5, 2004 at 11:27 am

Bob – Wasn’t Forbidden Planet presented in Perspecta Stereo sound back in April 2002? I was there for that show and it was awesome!

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on October 5, 2004 at 11:13 am

Vito, the booth was a mess when we started. When Loew’s pulled out of the building in the mid-80’s, they not only stripped all the equipment, they left the booth windows open. Pigeons moved in, and the place was a filthy mess. When we started restoring the booth, Bob and I had no heat OR running water. We had to go next door to CH Martin to clean up. I don’t miss those days at all!

The Corelites were abandoned in the theater (one was laying on stage, and the other was in a storage room near the booth.) They needed a lot of work, and Bob deserves all the credit for getting them functional again. They have new jaws, but that #2 lamp has always been very moody.

That’s a new screen which I was able to secure with a donation by Comcast. I brought in Nick Clooney and American Movie Classics to do a segment when we opened up the center aisle and un-veiled the new screen. It was quite an event!

Vito
Vito on October 5, 2004 at 11:03 am

Bob, Thanks for the info, sounds like a booth I would have enjoyed working in, (hate platters) The core lights are magnificent, the drifting, of course, can be traced back to the motor needing new brushes or if the positive carbon is drifting perhaps the tension on the jaws is a bit tight. I must stop by and visit sometime, sounds like a great booth.

Theatrefan
Theatrefan on October 5, 2004 at 11:00 am

I think vandals destroyed the original one, so its a new screen.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on October 5, 2004 at 10:48 am

Is the screen currently in the theater the original screen or did they install a new one?

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on October 5, 2004 at 10:28 am

Yes, Tom Pedler was a very very kind man, and all of us who knew him at the Jersey miss him very much.

Vito, the projection equipment was secured by Bob Eberenz. The projectors are Kineton reel to reel. The sound system is a Sony DCP with vintage Altec tube amps, and the speakers are Altec Voice of the Theater. They can handle 4 channel Dolby stereo, and 3 channel Perspecta. (The Perspecta integrator is a fully restored Fairchild unit from 1954.) The lamphouses are 1955 vintage Ashcraft Super Corelite carbon arcs. Considering their age and current lack of continual use, they work as best can be expected. Last weekend, the #1 lamp was fine but #2 was drifting and had a color temperature imbalance.

Any theater that wants to run archival or vault prints has to run reel to reel. Platters are not acceptable for rare prints.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on October 5, 2004 at 7:20 am

Jim: Sorry to tell you this, but Tom Pedler died on April 27, 2002. There was a memorial to him printed in the program for the James Bond festival held at the Loew’s Jersey in May 2002.

Vito
Vito on October 5, 2004 at 7:08 am

Bob, will you please tell us what type of projection you installed?
two projectors or platter. Sound system.

mdit99
mdit99 on October 5, 2004 at 4:28 am

Anyone know what happened to Tom Pedler, The only man that was employed by the Theatre to do much of the behind the scenes work, like plumbing and electrical? I spoke to him on a few occasions and he really knew his stuff.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 4, 2004 at 1:25 pm

In October, 1949, Humphrey Bogart made a two-night tour of Loew’s theatres in behalf of his new movie, “Tokyo Joe,” which was soon due to have its New York premiere at the Capitol Theatre. The tour started on October 5th at Loew’s Jersey, followed by stops at the Embassy, North Bergen; Paradise, the Bronx, and the 175th Street and 72nd Street in Manhattan. The next evening, Bogart visited the Valencia in Queens, the Commodore in Manhattan, and the Gates, Kings and Pitkin in Brooklyn. His close friend, drama critic John McClain, accompanied him and made the stage introductions. Bogart was co-producer of “Tokyo Joe” and had a financial interest in the Columbia release, which probably explains why he made the tour. I can’t imagine what he did on stage, but he’d long been an actor on Broadway before entering movies, so he probably improvised something.

RobertR
RobertR on October 3, 2004 at 9:53 pm

Are any more movie events planned? It would have been fun to do something for Halloween. It could have coincided with that big horror & sci-fi show they hold every year in Secaucus.

Theatrefan
Theatrefan on October 3, 2004 at 2:38 pm

I was there Tuesday the 29th and I feel I really feel quite privileged to have been there for the 75th Anniversary celebration and to have been in such magnificent movie palace surroundings. It was a night to remember! I really do hope the friends of the Loews succeed with the battle over the theatres lease issue.

RobertR
RobertR on October 3, 2004 at 9:58 am

Is anyone going today to see Superman?

RobertR
RobertR on October 2, 2004 at 1:14 pm

Orlando
I will look for you by the left staircase. I will have on a Navy Blue US Open Jacket.

RobertR
RobertR on October 1, 2004 at 10:23 am

The other thing that will disapear is the name Loews off the marquee. It’s strange but when Cineplex took over the 59th Street East from City Cinemas they told the owner they wanted the name D.W. Griffith changed because they felt they did not have the legal right to use it. The original owner Nick Justin gaver it that name when they ran that year long festival.

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on October 1, 2004 at 10:12 am

Orlando, my last film event at the Jersey was the Frankenstein weekend.

It is truly a magnificent theater, and I’m very pleased with the role my early film events played in helping to save it. The science-fiction weekends; classic horror; Abbott and Costello; Sherlock Holmes; Laurel and Hardy; dye-transfer archival Technicolor prints and Perspecta Stereo sound are all contributions to the Jersey of which I’m quite proud. I secured loans of extremely rare 35mm materials, including vintage trailers, shorts, cartoons and production shorts. I even located one-of-a kind kinescopes for some of the comedy events!

When I began, the projection booth was stripped of equipment and was occupied by pigeons. After years of hard work by my friends Bob Eberenz, Steve Levy and myself, the booth is now fully equipped for classic film presentation. Bob and Steve secured donations of all the equipment, and their contributions to this project are immeasurable.

I’ll only say that FOL’s concept of presentation for film began to differ greatly from mine. After ten volunteer years, and bringing in the theaters most successful events, it was time to move on.

I wish them all the best, and hope they can move this project forward and get the theater fully restored and operational. We proved that classic film is a viable entity for the movie palace format, and I hope that it will continue.

beardbear31
beardbear31 on September 30, 2004 at 7:58 pm

This whole thing might make a good story for NPR (national public radio). Maybe that will help FOL a bit, perhaps….

Orlando
Orlando on September 30, 2004 at 6:01 pm

I plan to attend SPARTACUS this Saturday, having attended the 75th anniversary Tuesday. I have a feeling that “classic movies” will cease after Sunday’s showing of SUPERMAN as to not enrage current fans of the movies and the THEATRE. Then, (I’m assuming)the transfer of the theatre will leave FOL on the street after their hard work. I was unaware an acting mayor (for how long?) had so much clout. However I was encouraged by all the “politicos” who addressed the audience on Tuesday and hope they stand by their word. Even though the movie started ½ hour late, it was necessary to let the people know what is going on. Loved the MGM Tom & Jerry cartoon “Cruise Cat” which preceded MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON.
(P.S. Bob, did you have a falling out with FOL?)
(P.S. RobertR, maybe I’ll meet you Saturday night for SPARTACUS in the lobby by the left staircase or in row LL center orchestra, right side)

RobertR
RobertR on September 29, 2004 at 9:19 pm

What a slap in the face for all the people that gave of their time for the love of the theatre. I fear in the hands of the city there will be no more classic movie nights.

MarkW
MarkW on September 29, 2004 at 6:54 pm

On the day of the 75th, Mayor Smith announced that title of the Loew’s was being given to the city’s redevelopment corporation. My feelings are anger and more anger. The FOL has put so much into the theatre. It was also announced that they will have a mayoral debate at the Loew’s. I suggest that people attend and make it known that the FOL deserves a lease.

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on September 29, 2004 at 2:12 pm

I developed the classic film programming concept at the Loew’s Jersey, and had always hoped for the opportunity to bring back many of the great MGM titles. The 75th anniversary would have been the perfect time to show the films mentioned above. I have unique access to rare, archival 35mm dye-transfer Technicolor prints, and they would look great with the Jersey’s carbon arc projection capabilities.

However, I am no longer involved with this project. Hopefully, the new group working on film events will take some of these suggestions under consideration in their future programming.

VincentParisi
VincentParisi on September 29, 2004 at 1:28 pm

Yes GWTW would look great there. I would love to see them do a lot more MGM technicolor films.

RobertR
RobertR on September 29, 2004 at 11:35 am

I am coming this weekend to see Spartacus. I would LOVE to see Gone With The Wind or Dr Zhivago here, two of MGM’s best.

DougDouglass
DougDouglass on September 29, 2004 at 11:09 am

It was hoped that at the 75th Anniversary celebration, Acting Mayor L. Harvey Smith would announce he’s signed the lease over FOL. It could assure his election to the job. Anyone attend the event?

EMarkisch
EMarkisch on September 24, 2004 at 1:36 pm

Does anyone know when the former Loew’s Paradise Wonder Morton theater organ, which was moved into the Jersey some 7 years ago will be up and running? It would be great to have some organ concerts to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the theater.