2854 John F. Kennedy Boulevard,
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Located near Journal Square, the State Theater opened on April 24, 1922, designed by architect Percy A. Vivarttas with a classic Greek temple-inspired exterior and a refined Colonial or Adamesque interior. This was a large theater which had a very large mezzanine lounge. Against one wall of this lounge, the movie was projected by means of a mirror system from the projection booth.
There was also a hole in the center part of the floor of the lounge which looked out upon the orchestra audience below. This theater had one of the largest Moeller organs ever installed in any theater, and it also contained a music and dance school at one time.
In 1948, while under the ownership of Skouras Theatres, it was remodeled to the plans of architect Jules Catsiff.
This was Jersey City’s first real movie palace and was sadly demolished in 1997.
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