Loew's Jersey Theatre

54 Journal Square,
Jersey City, NJ 07306

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mdvoskin on April 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm

The Landmark Loews Jersey – The Wonder Theatre Of New Jersey

The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre is the metro area’s favorite venue for classic films!

The theatre is located directly across from the PATH subway station connecting Manhattan with Jersey City and it is also easy to reach from most area highways. Secure discounted parking is located directly behind the theatre. Have your parking ticket validated at the theatre’s boxoffice.

As Always, All Our Show Are Still Presented Exclusively From High Resolution 35mm Motion Picture Film With Genuine Carbon Arc Projection, On Our Giant 50 Foot Wide Screen.

This coming April 27th & 28th features a weekend of nautical disasters certain to give you that sinking feeling…

Friday April 27th at 8:00pm – Lifeboat (1944)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, Walter Slezak, Hume Cronyn. (100 minutes, B&W)

A tiny lifeboat adrift in the North Atlantic holds eight survivors of a Nazi torpedo attack, spanning various classes and walks of life. A day later, the castaways pick up another passenger, a survivor from the German U-boat. At first everyone assumes he is just a simple seaman, but it develops that he is in fact the U-boat’s captain, fluent in English and very intelligent – perhaps dangerously so.

Saturday April 28th at 6:00pm – A Night To Remember (1958)

Starring Kenneth More, Honor Blackman, David McCallum, Jill Dixon.
Directed by Roy Ward Baker. (123 minutes, B&W)

It was 100 years ago this month that the HMS Titanic sank, and this film lays out the human side of the tragedy, offering an emotionally potent look at those who survived and the many who did not, while it also clearly depicts the reasons, technical and human, behind the shipwreck. Kenneth More heads a huge and stellar cast, with 200 speaking parts, as the Second Officer from whose point of view the story unfolds.

Saturday April 28th at 8:25pm – The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

Starring Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens, Shelly Winters, Jack Albertson, Pamela Sue Martin, Leslie Nielsen. Directed by Ronald Neame.
(117 minutes, Color)

After a massive tidal wave capsizes the Poseidon on her last voyage before being scrapped, the survivors divide into two groups: those who stubbornly remain where they are to await the help they are sure will come, and a handful who bravely follow impassioned Reverend Scott (Gene Hackman) in what he believes is their best chance for rescue by forging their way upward through the shattered, upside-down ship, toward what was the bottom of the hull but is now on the ocean’s surface.

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GDellaFa on March 21, 2012 at 6:01 pm

I’m hoping that the resolution will increase and prices will decrease before the Loew’s has to go to digital projection. My best advice is to plan for it now and keep the film rolling as long as possible. It is inevitable, so it is best to obtain the funds as soon as possible and run film as long as possible. Prices and quality will improve over time. Movies are the life blood of this theatre right now, so projection equipment has to be the priority.

mdvoskin on March 21, 2012 at 7:43 am

At some point obtaining film prints will no longer be possible, and a DCI compliant projector and server will be required to continue showing movies. The management is aware of this, and will eventually make the upgrade as funding permits. Hopefully that will still be a few years away.

Carbons are no longer manufactured in the USA, and have not been for quite some time. India and China still use and manufacture them, and there are a few importers that bring them into the USA.

markp on March 21, 2012 at 6:08 am

Just a question, but with all this talk of digital replacing film, and I know because its putting me out of a job by years end, I hear that eventually even these older movies will not be available on film, will the Jersey be getting a digital projector in due time? And another question, I love carbon arc, its what I started out on in the mid 70’s, but will rods still be available once the whole digital conversion takes place across the country?

mdvoskin on March 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm

The Landmark Loews Jersey – The Wonder Theatre Of New Jersey

The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre is the metro area’s favorite venue for classic films!

The theatre is located directly across from the PATH subway station connecting Manhattan with Jersey City and it is also easy to reach from most area highways. Secure discounted parking is located directly behind the theatre. Have your parking ticket validated at the theatre’s boxoffice.

As Always, All Our Show Are Still Presented Exclusively From High Resolution 35mm Motion Picture Film With Genuine Carbon Arc Projection, On Our Giant 50 Foot Wide Screen.

This coming March 30th & 31st features three Deadpan Humor Crime films.

Friday March 30th at 8:00pm – The Big Lebowski (1998)

Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi. Directed by Joel Coen. (127 minutes, Color) Rated R.

A story of mistaken identity complicated by extortion, double-crosses, deception, embezzlement, sex, pot and gallons of White Russians. It’s a series of bizarre vignettes, which might be a problem if they weren’t so funny. The title character, brilliantly played by Jeff Bridges, is a latter-day stoner version of Philip Marlowe.

Saturday March 31st at 6:00pm – Fargo (1996)

Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, Harve Presnell.
Directed by Joel Coen. (97 minutes, Color) Rated R.

Frances McDormand stars as Marge Gunderson, a very pregnant police chief whose affable, folksy demeanor only partially obscures the fact that she’s a clever, observant and very effective cop. When a pair of motorists are found slain not far from the corpse of a state trooper, Marge begins piecing together a twisted case. Frances McDormand won the Best Actress Oscar for her role.

Saturday March 31st at 8:10pm – Pulp Fiction (1994)

Starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Havey Keitel, Bruce Willis.
Directed by Quentin Tarantino. (160minutes, Color) Rated R.

The Oscar-winning script by Tarantino and Roger Avary weaves a twisted morality play as it joins the eventually intersecting storylines of Los Angeles mobsters, small-time criminals and a mysterious briefcase. The surreal yet realistic atmosphere, long takes and wittily pop-literate non-stop dialogue emotionally engage the viewer in the minutiae of the characters' experiences even as the film also comments on their status as pulp creations, rendering the moments of shockingly baroque violence simultaneously ghastly and humorous.

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bolorkay on March 11, 2012 at 5:09 am

I’d love to have another “Bond” weekend. We haven’t had one in about two years, I believe.

bolorkay on March 11, 2012 at 5:08 am

I’m looking forward to the Coen Brothers weekend. (I hope the FOL schedules a presentation from either the editor of Cinema Retro magazine or Dr. Hirsch). How does the remainder of the film season look (through June)? Any advance previews?

GDellaFa on March 6, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Mikeoaklandpark: the curtain opens across, just like it did in 1929. It’s the same texture as the valance, and looks like it can take any color.

GDellaFa on March 6, 2012 at 3:56 pm

mdvoskin: about the space alien helmets…I thought about squares, but then folks might take that as “blockheads.” (–: Aliens seemed preferable…

Mikeoaklandpark on March 6, 2012 at 10:55 am

So does the curtain open up or across Ed? It is absolutely beautiful

mdvoskin on March 6, 2012 at 8:27 am

I especially liked the “aliens” in the traveler curtain picture. I guess the air in Jersey City is toxic to natives of whatever planet they were from, so they could not take off their space suit helmets.

I guess we now can promote the theatre as Worlds (plural) Renowned :)

RobMinichino on March 6, 2012 at 8:14 am

I should also add that the center swag and straight back curtain were replaced this past summer. The old fabric had deteriorated to the point where it was tearing from its own weight.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 6, 2012 at 6:51 am

For those who just want to point and click:

Proscenium arch

Valance detail

Traveller curtain

Vito on March 6, 2012 at 4:38 am

I absolutly love the new curtain Perhaps for those of us unable to visit the theatre someone could photograph the curtain opening and closing and post it on You Tube

GDellaFa on March 5, 2012 at 6:20 pm

As more is revealed, the place just gets better and better…

GDellaFa on March 5, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Photos of the cleaned valences (my own, from yesterday’s excursion). Look for the crystal highpoints…



Not to mention the new traveler curtain:


Thoughts welcome!…

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm

So the arch looks better because of improved lighting and not due to cleaning?

Have the cleaned valences been re-hung? I’d love to see of photo of those.

GDellaFa on March 5, 2012 at 4:02 pm

That’s great news about the new stage lighting. Looking forward to the continued improvements. Please consider continuing to use the original balcony flood positions—as one element of the lighting. The beams of light from those positions do something impressive for the auditorium during a show. It could be an “ah, ha” moment for the visitor. As in, “gee, sometimes they knew what they were doing in 1929.”

Totally unrelated question: is there a name for the central figure in the main cove over the stage (the one with the sunburst coming out of her)? Thanks, again.

GDellaFa on March 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm

And it’s very windy at Journal Square!

Thanks for answering our questions. I still need to learn that patience is a virtue.

RobMinichino on March 5, 2012 at 7:58 am

The proscenium valence (pelmet) had been cleaned last summer, and the lighting on the arch has been improved.

We had been using the balcony flood positions, but now that we have more lighting instruments, our light plot has gotten more creative, thanks to our dedicated stage volunteers. Right now we’re also doing backstage work to get a modern computerized lighting system installed, and to catalog our inventory of new equipment.

The right rear exit is curtained off because there are doors missing from that exit alcove to non-public spaces in the building. As I am sure you’re aware, resources are limited, and we’re currently working on the infrastructure for both safety and performance that will allow us to bring more people into the theatre for more shows. The increased exposure (and revenue) from this work will allow us to work on cosmetic improvements.

As far as keeping the “boxes” at the rear of the auditorium goes, don’t look at it so much as “keeping” but as avoiding spending many tens of thousands of dollars demolishing them and reconstructing the rear of the auditorium. The scope of that work is a bit beyond the capability of our volunteers, especially considering that it would have to be done quickly as the auditorium would not be usable during the construction. We do use one of them as a sound control room as well. There are few things I’d like more than to see them go, but it has to wait.

The weight of the vertical sign is only a small component of the complexity of replacing it. The structural steel in the tower appears to be badly corroded from decades of water infiltration while the sign was installed, so it is in unknown condition and probably deficient for supporting any cantilevered structure. Even if a replacement sign weighed nothing, the wind loading on such a sign can subject the structure to tens of thousands of pounds of (potentially oscillating) force, so the structure would have to be in very good shape. I won’t say never, but barring having a couple of million bucks with nothing more pressing to use it on, it’s not going to happen.

RobertR on March 4, 2012 at 6:47 pm

With modern materials the blade could now weigh next to nothing and be twice as bright

GDellaFa on March 4, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Has the proscenium arch been cleaned? because it looked just great today. It is obviously better lit now, but it also looks cleaner to me for some reason… Thanks. What a precious jewel we have here in NJ! It could (perhaps it already has) become internationally famous. Not only is it a classic example of a movie palace, showing classic movies the real way (no pun intended), and has the theatre pipe organ (and a magnificent first rate instrument); but the theatre is also one of the most beautiful of it’s genre—no question.

Anyway, back to my question: has the arch been cleaned?

Also I noticed some definite improvements in stage lighting today. Are you using the balcony railing spotting bays again? It looked like it from where I was sitting. That would be neat if you were…

And I wouldn’t truly care if I didn’t raise a couple of concerns: why is the left most (from the auditorium) rear exit curtained off? I would think a restoration would be about re-opening all of the public spaces. Also, why are you keeping that hideous looking “box” room at the back of the auditorium orchestra level? A long time ago, I thought it might be used as a control room of some sort, but so far…

mdvoskin on February 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm

This Weekend:

Friday 2/24 at 8pm – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Saturday 2/25 at 6pm – Double Indemnity (1944)

Saturday 2/25 at 8:20pm – Psycho (1960)

CAGE on January 29, 2012 at 8:45 am

WHAT AN AMAZING TIME I HAD LAST NIGHT AT THIS PALACE!!! THANK YOU FOR STIRRING UP HAPPY EMOTIONS FORM MY CHILDHOOD! I was raised in Hudson County & have the fondness of memories of these type of theaters. Meeting Piper Laurie was beyond a treat—such a LEGEND! at 80 yrs old she is witty, sassy & real.