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mdvoskin commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on May 7, 2009 at 4:09 pm

“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.

mdvoskin commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Apr 29, 2009 at 1:44 pm

*Did anybody see “The Lion in Winter”? How was the print, especially the color? *

The print was in excellent condition, the color perfect.

mdvoskin commented about Dumont Theatre on Apr 14, 2009 at 9:02 am

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.

mdvoskin commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Apr 13, 2009 at 1:10 pm

It’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.

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.

All Show Are Presented In 35mm With Genuine Carbon Arc Projection.

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 7:15pmJourney To The Center Of The Earth (1959) – We will be running the restored 20th Century Fox’s Archive Vault Print. Actress Arlene Dahl from the film will be there in person to speak about her career and the film.

Visit The Landmark Loews Jersey web site for details.

[size=1]The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre[/size]

mdvoskin commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Mar 31, 2009 at 11:27 am

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.

mdvoskin commented about Lafayette Theatre on Mar 30, 2009 at 9:30 am

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.

mdvoskin commented about Count Basie Theatre on Mar 25, 2009 at 11:33 am

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.

mdvoskin commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Mar 7, 2009 at 1:53 pm

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.

mdvoskin commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Nov 21, 2008 at 7:28 am

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.


mdvoskin commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Nov 19, 2008 at 12:06 pm

To movie534, I owe you an apology. Most of my anger was aimed at the Mr. Serf who posted before you. I scrolled up/down too quickly. Your post, although I don’t fully agree with it, was rather innocuous. Best of luck with The Ritz project, and if The Count Basie ever runs film again, I will try and get down to see one of your shows. There can never be too many theatres running classic films on the big screen.


While I have one year on you for length of time as a projectionist, and have run Norelco AA’s, it was 35mm only. I’ve never run 70mm.

mdvoskin commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Nov 18, 2008 at 7:10 am

There are no dead birds or bird droppings in the projection room or any other area of the theatre that I am aware of. I note that “movie534” hides behind an unidentifiable user id, and quotes a former projectionist without giving his name. That should tell you everything you need to know about “movie534”, who at best posts things beyond his knowledge level. I have been on the projection staff of the Loews Jersey since they resumed running movies in 2001, and I know all three of the projectionists who are no longer with the project. I would have a hard time believing that any of them would be spreading this crap.

I have a simple suggestion for those such as “movie534” who don’t like our shows. Don’t attend. If you think films look better in NYC on screens that are a quarter of ours size, go see your movies there. End of problem.

Loews Jersey Projection Staff

mdvoskin commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Oct 11, 2008 at 12:43 pm

I can’t speak to what happened last Saturday during Flesh and The Devil, as I was not there. I am the volunteer projectionist for most of the Friday shows, and I have been running projectors for over 30 years. Please let me clarify some misconceptions.

First, the Loews Jersey is running carbon arc lamps (Ashcraft Super-Corelites for those who care) and presently runs 20 minute reels. Because of this, there is ALWAYS a projectionist in the projection room.

Second, as someone pointed out, from the back of the theatre and the projection room, the movies always look to be in focus. Because of this, we use binoculars to focus.

Third, because of the distance from the projector to the screen, and the size of the screen, any lab printing focus imperfections in the film look terrible. If a reel, or a scene is printed out of focus, there is nothing we can do to compensate for it, and if the focus shifts between scenes in a given reel, it is the film print.

That being said, of course and occasional screwup can happen, but they are the exception not the rule. Everyone involved in Friends Of The Loews wants you to enjoy your visit, and of course, come back.

mdvoskin commented about Capitol Theater on Jul 15, 2008 at 1:25 pm

I was in Whitehall last weekend to go boating with friends on Lake Champlain. Saw the theatre and stopped to look. The interior is totally gutted, right down to the ground. The side exists were totally open with some boats and old cars stored inside.

mdvoskin commented about Athena Cinema on Jun 24, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Does anyone know if this ss this the former Schine Athena Theater?

Yep, that’s it. That marquee was on the building up until around 1970.

mdvoskin commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Dec 11, 2007 at 1:23 pm

The projector motor regulators are already in place to adjust the speed for silent films.

mdvoskin commented about Newton Theatre on Nov 14, 2007 at 10:48 am

The land that the Warwick Drive-in sit on was sold a few years ago to the developer of the strip mall on the corner. They lease it back on a season by season basis until such time as the developer decides to build on the site.

mdvoskin commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Jun 20, 2007 at 8:27 am

The Cinerama “Road Show” version of Mad World no longer exists. While some of the footage still exists, not nearly all of it. The “extended” LaserDisc from years ago was NOT closer to the Cinerama Road Show version. The LaserDisc’s extra footage contained mostly scene trims and alternate takes that were cut with good reason, they didn’t work. You can tell what (little) footage from the Cinerama Roadshow is on the LaserDisc, because they didn’t bother to properly unsqueeze it. The center of those scenes are more squeezed than the left/right sides.

At present time, no new 35mm or 70mm prints have been struck that includes any of the road show footage.

mdvoskin commented about AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex on May 30, 2007 at 3:45 am

I too will miss The Stanley Warner. Having grown up in the area, I saw countless movies there and at the Century’s Paramus (before it became a triplex). Unfortunately, there is nothing left of historical note to make it worth saving. Even with economics aside, what would be the point. The marble walls and art deco decor is long gone. To me, the theatre closed the day they walled up the balcony, and it was demolished the day they chopped the big auditorium in half.

mdvoskin commented about Riverspace Arts Center on Mar 29, 2007 at 4:03 am

The theatre’s actual name is The Riverspace Arts Center. The original curtain and huge screen was removed to make room for the stage and lighting equipment. They still run 35mm movies on a regular basis on a large roll down screen.

mdvoskin commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Jan 28, 2007 at 9:35 am

Star Wars is not available for theatrical booking at the moment. Lucas is working on converting all of them to fake 3D digital video, and these “new” versions are scheduled to play in Los Angeles and maybe New York in the springtime, prior to yet another home video release. In the mean time, they have ordered all the prints pulled from circulation.

Loews Jersey Projection Staff

mdvoskin commented about Abby Cinemas on Dec 5, 2006 at 9:41 am

Are they going to put in digital sound?

mdvoskin commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Nov 10, 2006 at 4:07 am

The Loews Jersey has a temorary stipped down web site with show info at

We ran Forbidden Planet & Alien already. We are trying not to repeat ourselves, at least not to often.

mdvoskin commented about Cineplex Odeon Route 17 Triplex on Jul 11, 2006 at 6:51 am

Century’s Paramus was my favorite theatre up until it was multi-plexed. As a single, it has an awsome sized screen that looked big, even from the top of the balcony. They ran almost all the United Artists and some Universal films. I saw most of Connery James Bond films here. When RKO Stanely Warner took over, they did one of the worst multiplexing jobs I had ever seen. The last film I saw there was Apocolypse Now back in 1979. I saw it there 2 weeks after I saw it at the Zeigfeld in NYC, and seeing it on a tiny postage stamp size screen with poor sound was so disapointing that I never have been back.

mdvoskin commented about Red Carpet Theaters?!? on Jun 19, 2006 at 4:30 am

Red Carpet/Blue Ribbon were what in the industry was called “tracks”. Tracks were an unofficial product splitting arrangement between exhibitors and distributors to run all the films from a given studio. Theatre owners agreed among theselves not to book films from competing studios at a given location, so it kept the print cost down. It also gave the distributor an almost guarenteed outlet for their films. The “track” system fell apart because the US Justice Department filed anti-trust suits agains many of the major players, and at the same time that mutliplexes were taking hold, makeing the entire concept obsolete.

mdvoskin commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Jun 1, 2006 at 9:11 am

When the Loews Jersey originally opened, it has water cooled air conditioning as did most theatres of that period. Huge pumps in the basement pumped cold well water up to the attic where it went though cooling coils. The system worked amazingly well. The Teaneck Theatre (Cedar Lane Cinemas) still used this system up until the mid 1980’s. In the Loew Jersey, the water cooled system was pulled out back in the 1950’s and replaced with a modern freon compressor system on the roof. All of those compressors no longer work and need to be replaced, along with their cooling coils.

While I am not involved with the funding aspect of the restoration, it is my understanding that while large sums of money were allocated to the project over the years by Jersey City, very little of the money was actually provided. Friends Of The Loews obtained a grant that will cover most of the cost of fixing the air conditioning late last year. I am not privy to their timetable for when the work will actually be done.

As to running a reel out of order, I was not there that night, so I can not comment on what happened. I can say that it is not always the projectionists fault. Earlier in the season, I was the projectionist for “Old Yeller”, and reels 2 & 3 came in with the threading leader swapped. For those who don’t know, threading leader is the begining of the reel that tells the projectionist what reel it is, and has those countdown numbers. Multiplex theaters cut them off and splice the whole film together to run on automated equipment. They are then supposed to splice the leaders back on to the correct reels. I caught the problem before it hit the screen, only because I knew the film and saw the opening frames of Reel 2 were not correct. Someone who did not know the film would not have had anyway to catch a problem like that before it hit the screen.