Loew's Jersey Theatre

54 Journal Square,
Jersey City, NJ 07306

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Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on April 7, 2004 at 7:57 pm

I got a tour of the magnificent Jersey while it was under renovation. There’s nothing like a movie palace – even seen at its absolute worst – unwired, unplumbed, undraped, unseated. But even in that sorry state the Loew’s Jersey deserves the title Wonder Theater. Rapp and Rapp at their best.

Three questions guys and girls:

(1) How has the Jersey overcome its SERIOUS lack of restrooms. As built it had no under-lobby lounge and only one men’s and one women’s under the balcony: WOEFULLY inadequate for modern requirements.

(2) One of the “Wonder Morton” theater organs had been found and was to be installed. Was this project completed?

(3) How did you get “Michael’s” comments removed from this page? What can I do to get his comments removed from others? His singleminded and repetitive comments really shouldn’t annoy me (or any of us) but jeez! they sure do.

porterfaulkner
porterfaulkner on April 7, 2004 at 9:37 am

Opera House? Recording studio!!!!Instead of just posting your idiotic comments MICHAEL why not read the excellent explanation just a few comments above on why this and many other movie palaces are not suitable for Opera or symphonic music. THEY HAVE BAD ACOUSTICS!!! You can overcome cramped conditions backstage but if the sound is bad what is the point?

Maybe you need to get out more, see an opera or music concert and appreciate what is needed for unamplified performance and stop the stupid comments.

edward
edward on April 6, 2004 at 5:56 am

Thanks Michael for reposting the same moronic comment 2 ½ months later. We didn’t care the first time.

tribecafilm
tribecafilm on March 28, 2004 at 5:22 am

THis theater must be saved. IT would be a key part in the revitilization of JErsey city

Marcus
Marcus on February 23, 2004 at 5:28 pm

I live in NYC and travel often to the film series here (Forbidden Planet was UNBELIEVABLE). I’m shocked by how many movie buffs in the city know nothing about this theater or the films it shows. It is literally minutes from the West Village via the Path train. It hasn’t gotten the publicity I thought it would. Well, maybe it doesn’t need it—I see that this Saturday’s showing of “Bright Eyes” is already sold out! Anyway—no matter where you live, move heaven and earth to come visit this place…it is an astonishing theater.

Greenpoint
Greenpoint on February 2, 2004 at 3:59 am

Okay heres some self-promotion or “plugging” (as we say in showbiz):

I actually supply Boulevard Drinks at 48 Journal Square (a few doors to the left of the Loew’s Jersey) with their Orange, Lemon-Lime, Lemonade, Grape, Fruit Punch, Pina Colada drinks. I recommend all of you enjoying a nice hotdog here and washing it down with one of my delicious beverages. Spiro is a good guy and a great customer…buys a lot from me too and I appreciate that in these strained economic times!

Seriously though nothing can be better than watching a cinema classic at the Loews Jersey and then walking about 10 feet away and enjoying a hot dog and a drink.I have done it plenty of times myself and enjoyed it each time.

VincentParisi
VincentParisi on January 30, 2004 at 8:36 pm

Interesting idea but have you ever noticed that the kind of films that make for a Sundance festival(and there is the Tribeca) would look very out of place in a movie palace which is one of the reasons they came tumbling down at an accelerated rate in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Movie palaces were made for the overblown extravagant Hollywood product of the 20’s and 30’s and they make the perfect framework for those epics. Otherwise your listening to chamber music in the Metropolitan Opera House.

SwankyJohn
SwankyJohn on January 30, 2004 at 6:24 pm

I doubt you’ll ever see a road company of PHANTOM here… The Jersey Loew’s currently has a movie series and a number of smaller live performances – an appropriate combination these days for a theater of this size. There are a variety of seasonal events that appeal to kids & adults, making the theater a nice addition to the community above and beyond being a movie theater.

The last thing an opera company would want is a movie theater with movie theater acoustics – this ain’t the place for major concerts. It’s way too boomy – it’s even a little bouncy for movies.

More good news… I doubt the theater would ever be modified for large scale live performances because the stage (although sizable for a movie theater) is limited and would hardly be a good candidate for the touring shows of today. Unlike many movie theaters which have been demolished from the proscenium back for a modern theater structure, this theater just can’t expand – there’s no place for it to go and the small loading dock is too awkwardly placed for loading shows in and out. These challenges will probably keep the theater from ever being used for purposes other than film and small scale live presentations.

What I would love to see is a film series not unlike Sundance become a part of this theater’s life – something that will bring people from all over the region to enjoy this great space and give it the attention it deserves. The potential for this theater is tremendous – the location is great, it’s near public transit for Manhattanites and (oh, yeah) it’s BEAUTIFUL.

edward
edward on January 24, 2004 at 2:09 am

Who is this Micheal person that keeps asking if every theater can be turned into a symphony hall or opera house? The site is called CINEMA TREASURES for the preservations of theaters for showing MOVIES. If you’ve got nothing else to say, stop adding the same comment on every theater page.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 23, 2004 at 2:19 am

No, Michael, it would not. It would be a tragedy to waste a beautiful movie theatre such as this on concerts. It needs to remain a cinema.

theatrefan
theatrefan on November 2, 2003 at 5:50 pm

The Jersey Theatre opened on September 28, 1929. The Italian baroque movie palace seated 3,200 and was designed by Rapp and Rapp. Atop the Jersey’s exterior clock tower was a life-sized sculpture of St. George who slayed a sculptural dragon every Quarter-hour. Loews closed the Jersey Theatre in August 1986.

scottg
scottg on October 8, 2003 at 9:14 am

This was the Movie house I grew up with. As great as the site is, the pictures do NOT do it justice. This place had a very unique look to it, a golden, glittery look full of intricate details and textures. The Lobby was simply majestic; you could (and in the old days did) have a full blown concert in the lobby.

I am unsure if this is accurate, but if you see Sleepers, supposedly the “kings” theatre which one of the drug dealers holds court is really the Loews Jersey. I am unsure if this is true, but the red velvet in the lobby sure does look like it.

lyndawilsonsmith
lyndawilsonsmith on February 18, 2003 at 7:24 pm

Oscar Glas was my grandfather. Try researching “Belgian Art Studio” Bronx NY and Toronto. He retired to Ghent Belgium in 1958. Student of art academy at St. Martens-Latem near Ghent.

frankross
frankross on January 2, 2002 at 7:53 pm

have two stage right & stage left paintings approx 12'x14' ea. done by and signed Oscar glas CAB 1940 which were purchased and removed years ago from the Essex theater in Port Henry N.Y. they are of Diana the huntress and are magnificent late deco with leaping Impalla and straining at the leash borzoi hounds..daphenous drapery on lith nudes..royal blue backgrounds and rainbow colors on the deco/cord/dusenberge ‘ice floes’ too nice to stay rolled up-these are for sale..happy new year..and any information oon mr glass appreciated—-did recover an article in a cinema trade magazine from 1959 when he was living in Paris , attributed with the decorating of Minsky’s, Loews (nyc ?) Apollow, and ‘Gangster Apartments"