Loew's Jersey Theatre

54 Journal Square,
Jersey City, NJ 07306

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bolorkay on August 24, 2011 at 4:58 pm

It’s great to see announcements showing up on the Landmark Loewe’s web page for the fall Film Programs. Can’t wait for “A&C meet Frankenstein” in October.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 27, 2011 at 8:37 am

The June weekend was the last classic movie event until the fall, probably September. There’s no air conditioning at the Loew’s.

cblanc10708 on June 27, 2011 at 6:02 am

Does anyone know if the theater is presently closed for the remainder of the summer. I have tried emailing them as well as leaving a message on their recording and no one responds.

jjj on June 22, 2011 at 10:57 am

This a fabulous old theater. I’d love to see the balcony finally open. It would also be nice if there were more live music events and if the film schedule was a little more varied and daring. But overall, it’s a must visit for people enjoy seeing films in a “real” theater.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 18, 2011 at 8:48 pm

I’m 56 years old, but nothing in the world makes me feel more like a 10-year-old kid than seeing “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” on a big theater screen. Thanks, Loew’s Jersey. And thanks for paying such a great tribute to the Master, Bernard Herrmann.

mdvoskin on May 31, 2011 at 7:16 pm

For the weekend of June 10th and 11th, The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, continues its 10th consecutive year of classic film screenings with a 3 film tribute to composer Bernard Herrmann.

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

Friday June 10th at 8:00pm, Cape Fear (1962)

Starring Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen.
Directed by J. Lee Thompson. (106 minutes, B&W)

Gregory Peck, playing the straight-laced hero as usual, is the perfect counter-point to Robert Mitchum in what becomes a psychotic game of cat and mouse. Peck’s growing frustration and terror at his utter helplessness, both legally and physically, to head off what Mitchum is so relentlessly doing is devastatingly palpable. The supporting cast is excellent. And Bernard Herrmann’s haunting score is literally pitch-perfect.

Saturday June 11th at 6:00pm, The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad (1958)

Starring Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer & Torin Thatcher. Special Effects by Ray Harryhausen. Directed by Nathan Juran. (94 minutes, Color)

One of Ray Harryhausen’s best work is The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, an Arabian Night-inspired tale of Sinbad as he sails the seas, forms an uneasy alliance with an evil magician and battles a Cyclops, a two-headed Roc and a magically resurrected skeleton. The action starts right away and continues throughout the film, and Bernard Herrmann’s score is the perfect companion, adding mood that enhances the visual effects. Herrmann went on to score three more Harryhausen films.

Saturday June 11th at 8:10pm – The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

Starring James Stewart & Doris Day. Directed by Alfred Hitchock. (120 minutess, Color)

American tourists Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day witness the killing of a Frenchman they’ve recently befriended. Just before dying, the man whispers a secret to Stewart; a political assassination will occur during a concert at London’s Albert Hall. But Stewart soon finds out that he dare not go to the police, because foreign agents have kidnapped his son to insure his silence.

Visit The Landmark Loews Jersey web site at http://www.loewsjersey.org for details.

GDellaFa on May 12, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I heard Bernie Anderson play for “One Week” on Saturday, and he was outstanding. Very highly recommend hearing Bernie and seeing “Sunrise.” You’ll be amazed by what the silent film experience be.

“Barry Lyndon” and “Days of Heaven” can only truly be appreciated on a very large screen with carbon arc lighting. This is the perfect venue for these films. You really won’t find better.

mdvoskin on May 11, 2011 at 4:49 pm

[size=4][color=red]The Landmark Loews Jersey â€" The Wonder Theatre Of New Jersey[/color][/size]

For the weekend of May 20th and 21th), The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, continues its 10th consecutive year of classic films with three visually striking films that showcase cinema as an art form.

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

Friday May 20th at 7:45pm â€" Barry Lyndon (1975)

Starring Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee.
Directed by Stanley Kubrick. (184 minutes. Rated PG)

To recreate both the aesthetic style of 18th century paintings and the physical look of the period, Stanley Kubrick, cinematographer John Alcott and production designer Ken Adam used authentic antique props and costumes to brilliant effect, and they lit their scenes with only natural sunlight or candles, for a look that no other movie has ever touched. The result is a film of singular visual style and beauty, and one of the richest and most evocative period pieces ever made.

Saturday May 21th at 6:00pm â€" Days Of Heaven (1978)

Starring Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, Linda Manz.
Directed by Terrence Malick. (95 minutes. Rated PG)

Terrence Malick’s follow-up to his acclaimed 1973 debut Badlands confirmed his reputation as a visual poet and narrative iconoclast. Inspired by the work of silent master F.W. Murnau, and shot in natural light primarily during the “magic hour” before sunset, Malick’s spectacular imagery largely takes the place of conventional exposition and excessive dialogue. Terrence Malick, who has been called the reclusive genius of American cinema, continues to make critically acclaimed movies — only to disappear from the director’s chair for years. His latest film, Tree Of Life premiers at the Cannes Film Festival this month.

Saturday May 21th at 8:15pm â€" Sunrise (1927)

George O’Brien & Janet Gaynor.
Directed by F.W. Murnau. (110 minutes. Unrated)

Considered by many to be the finest silent film ever made by a Hollywood studio, F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise represents the art of the wordless cinema at its zenith, a movie of extraordinary visual beauty and emotional purity. Murnau’s graceful moving camera, expressive lighting and superimpositions lyrically evoke the inner passion, pain and romanticism that drive a love triangle among a simple country couple and a vamp-ish city woman. The story is poignant and the acting sublime; indeed, Janet Gaynor won the first-ever Best Actress Oscar for her role in Sunrise, along with her part in another film, Seventh Heaven. But it is the extraordinary Expressionist look of the film, so carefully crafted by Murnau and his cinematographers, fellow German imports Charles Roser and Karl Struss, that lifts the film into the realm of lyricism, and winning them the first Best Photography Oscar.

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RobMinichino on May 9, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Terrazzo is actually a concrete-type material that’s poured in place, with marble chips and brass strips set into it, and then polished to a smooth surface. The terrazzo and carpet in the Loew’s lobby is installed directly over concrete, as the areas that were originally carpeted were inset so they were at the same level as the marble border.

We do have a few pieces of original furniture and fixtures (in need of restoration), but most of the missing elements were removed when the Loew’s Corporation still owned and operated the building.

GDellaFa on May 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm

OK, makes sense. Thanks for the explanation and vintage photos. In viewing a contemporary photo, the old oval rug exactly matches the outline of the new rug. Come to think of it, a wall-to-wall marble floor doesn’t make much sense in a movie palace, given the foot traffic and the liability potential (even in the 1920s).

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Also, I recall the intermediate rug from the 1970s (which I “guess-timate was from the late 1940s). It is shaped exactly the same as the modern replacement.

As many probably know here, I “grew up” in the Loew’s in the late 1960s through early 1980s. The place is very personal to me. I don’t mean to nit-pick. I just care about the place a great deal, as one would care about a house they owned for 82 years and that cannot be replaced.

Do you have more of these photos (besides the ones on the website)? Any chance I could see them? Would be willing to come to the theatre to view them…

mdvoskin on May 9, 2011 at 5:57 pm

The center areas of the Lobby were always carpeted and ringed with marble, as you can see from the 3 pictures from 1930 below. It looks like the carpeted areas were a little lower to compensate for the height of the carpeting. They did not want people tripping.

GDellaFa on May 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm

I’ll buy the slippery theory. Makes sense and I didn’t think of that. The tile is not completely smooth and I’m sure this was done to increase traction.

The tile is actually about ¼ inch higher than the marble portion of the floor, which makes me think the tile came later on. I forgot to mention that.

Sure would like to know what’s under that tile (we may never know). One doesn’t see terrazzo tile floors much anymore. They are now treasures unto themselves. In the Loew’s the brass divider strips must be 1/8 inch wide. You just don’t see that anymore.

MarkDHite on May 9, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Two theories: The marble may have originally formed a border to a mostly carpeted floor. When the carpet was removed, terrazzo was either already underneath or installed in place of the carpet. Second theory: If the entire lobby floor really was marble (unlikely) it might have been replaced with terrazzo because marble is very slippery for a highly trafficked area. Don’t really know the theatre. Just guessing.

GDellaFa on May 9, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Three more questions that I’m hoping someone can answer:

Where did the beautiful side table come from? Is it original to the theatre? The side table is on the right side of the lobby just before the right side grand staircase. It’s visible in the above photo.

Also, where did that huge oval table in the lobby promenade come from? Is it original to the theatre.

Are there any other “loose fittings” (furniture, statues, paintings) that are still a part of the Loew’s Jersey? I know there are tons of storage space in the building.

In any case, the two beautiful pieces of furniture are indicative of the level of refinement that could be found in this theatre (and can still be seen with a little thought). Look behind the first 1/32 of an inch of all surfaces and you will see true wonder.

GDellaFa on May 9, 2011 at 4:36 pm

The marble still exists and is plainly visible in this view:

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However, the tarrazzo tile covers this up in the main lobby proper.

I wonder how much of this is there under the tile?…

(Once again I get all dreamy-eyed, and think of what it could look like if this covers the entire lobby. It is most certainly under the candy counter.)

GDellaFa on May 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I think I discovered something that has not been brought up here before. I was recently in the Loew’s Jersey lobby, sitting down next to the candy counter, when I noticed the floor. The is an honest to goodness, real marble floor under the terrazzo tile main lobby floor!!! It is plainly visible behind the counter—beautiful white, black, and red inlaid marble.

Which begs the question, why was it covered up at some point? Was it damaged beyond repair for some reason (marble is relatively soft and might not have held up under the foot traffic) or is it still there, waiting to be restored? Another question, is it just edging around the oval carpet that used to be there or is the entire lobby floor made of marble?! (I wouldn’t put it past anyone one in the 1920s to build a full marble floor to be covered with rug!) Just very curious? Does anyone know?

The tarrazzo looks good. I wouldn’t want to pull that up unless I was absolutely sure about the marble first.

Lastly, it’s nice to see the pelmet back up over the proscenium again — a very nice restoration job!!!

mdvoskin on April 17, 2011 at 2:01 pm

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

Friday April 29th at 8:00pm â€" The Matrix (1999)

Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving.
Directed by The Wachowski Brothers. (136 minutes., Rated R)

What if everything that we think is real about our world is instead unreal, a virtual reality created by malevolent, all-powerful computers to fool and enslave humans? This film is a dark, convoluted and action-packed film that was one of the biggest sci-fi titles of its decade. If the ever-more complicated story gets confusing enough at times to make you feel as if you’ve become hopelessly lost in the user’s guide to the latest version of Windows — that’s the point: the film deliberately creates a kind of techno-intoxication to overload and confuse you, break your hold on the ordinary and numb you before completely overwhelming your senses with its special effects. Few films mess with your mind and cause your eyes to pop so far out of your head as “The Matrix.” It is a must to be seen on the Big Screen.

Saturday April 30th at 6:00pm â€" The Thing From Another World (1951)

Starring Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, Robert Cornthwaite, James Arness. Produced by Howard Hawks. Directed by Christian Nyby. (87minutes.)

An intelligent script; a fast pace; rapid-fire overlapping dialogue; a tight, controlled atmosphere; a smart and competent female character; and relaxed, natural performances — all are hallmarks of this movie by Howard Hawks. The “thing” itself is seen only in fleeting glances, a directorial decision that built incredible tension while also mostly avoiding the unintentionally funny “man in a rubber suit” scenes that plague so many sci-fi films of the era. The cast is excellent, though none were stars at the time Underlying all is the palpable dread of a lurking, unforgiving enemy that gripped America in the McCarthy era.

Saturday April 30th at 8:10pm â€" John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982)

Starring Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Richard Dysart, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat.
Directed by John Carpenter. (108 minutes., Rated R)

When it was released in 1982, John Carpenter’s “The Thing” was mostly panned as a debasement of the original. But time has lent perspective, and today the film is generally recognized as that most rare of remakes: not a copy, but a successful new adaptation that stems from distinct creative instincts and different sensibilities. The Cold War allusions of the earlier film are gone, and there is much less of an “us vs. it” feeling than an even more paranoid “you can’t trust anyone” mindset. And to top it off, the John Carpenter film is actually truer to the short story that both films were based on. Watching to two films back to back gives one an intriguing look at how two very different film-makers interpreted the same story, giving us two films that are at once the same, yet so different that having seen just one, you will not know the outcome of the other.

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RobertR on April 10, 2011 at 10:38 am

Would LOVE to see an Elizabeth Taylor tribute here. Raintree County and Cleopatra need to be seen in a theatre to be appreciated.

plenum on March 15, 2011 at 10:31 am

The video about what Loew’s volunteers do to present a movie has been taken down for additional editing. A post will be made when a new video is ready.

mdvoskin on March 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm

[size=4][color=red]The Landmark Loews Jersey â€" The Wonder Theatre Of New Jersey[/color][/size]

For the last weekend of March (25th and 26th), The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, continues its 10th consecutive year of classic films with three comedy classics to usher in the start of spring.

The theatre is located directly across from the PATH subway station connecting Manhattan with Jersey City, 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.

Unlike Some Other Classic Motion Picture Venues, All Our Show Are Presented Exclusively From High Resolution 35mm Motion Picture Film With Genuine Carbon Arc Projection, On Our Giant 50 Foot Wide Screen.

Friday March 25th at 8:00pm â€" The Lady Eve (1941)

Starring Barbara Stanwyck & Henry Fonda.
Directed by Preston Sturges. (93 minutes.)

Always the ironic satirist with a gift for terrific characters, improbably wild scenarios and perfectly tuned dialogue, the great writer/director Preston Sturges had what is, arguably, his most glittering success in The Lady Eve. Without doubt, the film is one of the most sparklingly funny screwball comedies ever made, replete with beguilingly ribald sexual innuendo and such overt overtones about the appeals of dishonesty and criminality it’s a wonder that Sturges got away it all in the face of the puritanical Hollywood Production Code.

Saturday March 26th at 6:00pm â€" Beetlejuice (1988)

Starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin & Winona Ryder.
Directed by Tim Burton. (92 minutes.)

A deliciously off-the-wall, fast paced comedy-horror, Beetlejuice was Tim Burton’s second feature â€" and it not only defined his signature mix of wild imagination, sweetly fractured characters, surreal sensibility, gothic whimsy and dazzling special effects, but also firmly established him as one of the most original movie makers of our time. Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are a young married couple who are killed in a car accident but are stuck haunting this world before they can move on to the next. When an obnoxious yuppie couple and their unhappy, Goth-obsessed daughter (played by Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones and Winona Ryder in her break-out role) move in to their old home, Davis and Baldwin try to frighten them away. But when their fledgling haunting skills prove less than effective, the two turn in desperation to a veteran spook: a yellow-haired, profane and thoroughly gonzo spirit played to over-the-top perfection by Michael Keaton. And that’s when the unique Burton blend of comedy and the macabre really takes off.

Saturday March 26th at 8:20pm â€" A Shot In The Dark (1964)

Starring Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, Herbert Lom.
Directed by Blake Edwards. (101 minutes.)

A murder has been committed at the palatial Parisian residence of George Sanders. All the evidence points to sexy, wide-eyed housemaid (Elke Sommer). But then the gloriously, monumentally inept Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) arrives on the scene and sets out to prove her innocence. What follows is an unbroken series of impeccable gags played out at a mad pace.

Visit The Landmark Loews Jersey web site for details.

plenum on March 13, 2011 at 11:15 am

Hi Everyone,

Two new features on the Loew’s Jersey website.

1) A short video showing the work volunteers perform “behind the scenes” to present movies at the Loew’s, including a rare glimpse at a reel changeover using the classic carbon arc projectors.

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2) A Filmography listing of all of the movies Friends of the Loew’s have presented since 2002 through Feb 2011 (it will be updated as new presentations occur)

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bolorkay on March 2, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Well, at the risk of seeming somewhat redundant from my previous post last weekend’s “Bogie And Bacall” weekend was the perfect blend of genre and venue. Film Noir (especialy the Warner Bros. variety) always plays very well at the grand old Loews and last weekend was no exception. But, for me at least one of the charcteristics that makes the Loews such an enjoyable (and educational) experience is the fact that the Loews programmers try as often as they can to bring in a guest lecturer after the film to offer insight and perspective into the films just viewed. Case in point, Dr. Foster Hirsch. His knowledge of films and personal anecdotes are infectious to say the least. It’s like attending a master class in film history at NYU. (Can’t wait to read his book, “The Dark Side Of The Screen.”… I believe that’s the title.)

Keep up the great work FOL !

TLSLOEWS on February 26, 2011 at 10:42 am

Let us know how it went bolorkay.

bolorkay on February 26, 2011 at 9:27 am

May I ask who usually is in charge of the monthly programming and film selection each month as I’d like to extend a big resounding “thank you” for the terrific “Bogie and Bacall” festival this weekend… whoever you are you sure did hit one out of the park with these films. And what a treat to experience all of the audience reactions to the on screen “banter” between Bogie and Bacall…. that’s what the Loews is all about ! An audience who appreciates the film.
Can’t wait for tonight’s grand finale double feature !

Looking forward to “A Shot In The Dark” in March.

mdvoskin on February 21, 2011 at 9:12 pm

[size=4][color=red]The Landmark Loews Jersey â€" The Wonder Theatre Of New Jersey[/color][/size]

This coming weekend of February 25th and 26th, The Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre located on Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, continues its 10th consecutive year of classic films with three films featuring one of the great couples of cinema, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

The theatre is located directly across from the PATH subway station connecting Manhattan with Jersey City, 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.

Unlike Some Other Classic Motion Picture Venues, All Our Show Are Presented Exclusively From High Resolution 35mm Motion Picture Film With Genuine Carbon Arc Projection, On Our Giant 50 Foot Wide Screen.

Friday February 25th at 8:00pm â€" To Have And Have Not (1944)

Starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan
Directed by Howard Hawks. (100 Minutes)

This is the movie that brought Bogart and Bacall together â€" both on screen and off. Bogart is the owner of a charter boat in Vichy-controlled Martinique. Approached by Free French activists, Bogart doesn’t want to stick his neck out for them â€" until he finds that doing so will help Bacall. While the screenplay by William Faulkner and Jules Furthman owes as much to Casablanca as to the Hemingway novel they were adapting, it nevertheless is a terrific blend of romance and action leavened with comedy, and Howard Hawks’ direction is, as usual, masterful. But what makes the film truly electric is the unmistakable chemistry that was boiling over for real between Bogart and Bacall as the cameras rolled.

Saturday February 26th at 6:00pm â€" The Big Sleep (1946)

Starring Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall
Directed by Howard Hawks. (114 Minutes)

One of the most popular noir films and most influential detective movies ever made, The Big Sleep nevertheless has one of the most convoluted scripts of any movie made in classic Hollywood. Director Howard Hawks literally blew past red herrings and possible dead ends by letting dialogue and action spill out so fast that there is barely time to acknowledge, never mind contemplate, a new plot twist. But Hawks did slow down to let the audience fully appreciate the erotic innuendo in the repartee between Bogart’s Philip Marlowe and Bacall’s Mrs. Rutledge — performances that were made palpable by the couple’s real-life relationship. This was cutting edge stuff for a Hollywood still under the Production Code. It’s the combination of this razor sharp sexual edge with the disquieting murky mystery that gives the film its distinctly hot yet cold, dream/nightmare feeling.

Saturday February 26th at 8:30pm â€" Dark Passage (1947)

Starring Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall.
Directed by Delmar Davis. (107 Minutes)

A well constructed Film Noir that is one of the most darkly seductive but seldom revived pairings of Bogart & Bacall. Bogart is a man wrongly accused of his wife’s murder who undergoes plastic surgery to conceal his identity. Bacall, more vulnerable here than in other roles, is a lonely heiress who shelters Bogie — and falls for him — while he tries to find his wife’s real killer. The film makes great use not only of its stars' real life chemistry but also of its San Francisco setting. The Bay Area’s hills and winding roads, world-famous bridges and even prison proximity are integral to the story, while the city’s mixture of affluence and squalor, misfits and money men give texture to the shadowy atmosphere. The supporting cast more than hold their own, and Director Delmar Davis makes great use of the tight, efficient script. The opening scenes filmed from Bogart’s perspective are especially effective, adding a distinct, perhaps even Hitchcock-ian feel. Don’t miss this rare chance to see this noir gem on the Big Screen.

Visit The Landmark Loews Jersey web site for details.

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