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I graduated from Hudson Catholic in ‘75, but, I don’t recall having gone to the Pix past '72 or so. Do you remember the Journal Square palaces? I have fond memories of the Hudson Plaza Cinema in the late 60s up till around '75. I moved out of Jersey City (to Clifton in '77) and then to NYC in 1980.
Well, I think around ‘72, the PIX did start showing x-rate fare such as “I Am Curious (Yellow)” and “Fritz the Cat.” Perhaps Whalen was ranting about those “dirty” movies.
Hudson Plaza Cinema was where I saw some of the best films of the 60s/70s when I was a kid growing up in the West Side section of Jersey City. I didn’t have too many freinds so I found great comfort as a kid cathcing the Bargain Matinee at the Hudson Plaza Cinema. Among the films I saw there—
“Yours, Mine, and Ours,” “The French Connection,” Woody Allen’s “Bananas,” “The Andromeda Strain,” “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?,” “The Great White Hope,” “The Godfather,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” and “Jaws.”
I still can recall the General Cinema Corporation’s little film intro which preceded each film.
I liked the theater best when it was a one-screen theater.
The Pix Theater in Jersey City will forever remain fondly in my memory as the place I discovered adult theme films. My parents took my sister and I to see our first adult film there in summer of 1965 — “A Patch of Blue” starring Sidney Poitier and Shelly Winters. Next door to the Pix was one of the very first Blimpie Bases and a great pizza parlor, Prince of Pizza. Across the street from the Pix on that summer evening of 1965, construction was well underway for Hudson Catholic High School —where I would attend some 6 years later.
Over the years, I saw so many great films at the Pix— “Charly,” “Lovers and Other Strangers,” the 1970 comedy which never had a first run in Jersey City before hitting the Pix. “Lovers” was “Held Over” at the Pix for weeks—the longer run I recall.
I also later saw “Love Story” and some great double bills such as “See No Evil”/“Buck and the Preacher” and “Bob&Carol&Ted&Alice”/“Cactus Flower.” I don’t recall the last film I saw at the Pix—I guess because it turned into an X-rate theater while I was attending Hudson Catholic in the early 70s.
Still, I’ll alwasy remember the place as the theater where my life-long love of cinema took root.
And, of course, I will always remember that clock with the blue/purple glow around it.