Loew's Jersey Theatre

54 Journal Square,
Jersey City, NJ 07306

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VincentParisi
VincentParisi on January 30, 2004 at 12:36 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 10:24 am

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 23, 2004 at 6:09 pm

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 22, 2004 at 6:19 pm

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 9:50 am

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 1:14 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 11:24 am

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 11:53 am

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"