State Theater

2854 John F. Kennedy Boulevard,
Jersey City, NJ 7306

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State Theatre, Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ

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Located near Journal Square, the State Theater opened on April 24, 1922, designed by architect Percie A. Vivarttas with a classic Greek temple-inspired exterior and a refined Colonial or Adamesque interior. This was a large 2,169-seat 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 it closed in December 1990, and was sadly demolished in 1997.

Contributed by Gabe Della Fave

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 29, 2015 at 10:14 pm

1922 drawing of the State Theatre from this page of the April 22 issue of The Moving Picture World uploaded to photo page.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 29, 2015 at 11:01 pm

Architect P. A. Vivarttas appears to have spelled his first name Percie. That is how it appears on a number of official documents of the State of New Jersey, including the tax records for his firm, and a number of other sources.

markp on March 30, 2015 at 9:38 am

The heading above should be changed to reflect the correct number of screens. It was a quad when it closed. Not sure of when it was divided.

Mikeoaklandpark on March 30, 2015 at 3:31 pm

I lived in Jersey City in 1977 for about a month and it was a quad then when I saw Pete’s Dragon there.

Bobbysox on September 30, 2015 at 8:06 am

The State closed in December of 1990. The last movies to be shown were: Misery,Rocky V,The Rookie,Predator 2.

theatrefan on October 4, 2015 at 1:21 pm

So, basically United Artists Theatres closed the State Quad approx four Years after Loews Theatres closed the Jersey Triplex back in August of 1986.

markp on October 4, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Does anyone know when the other big theatre, the Stanley closed? I remember back in the 70’s all 3 of them may have played double features.

Mikeoaklandpark on October 4, 2015 at 4:25 pm

It closed in 1977 markp

markp on October 4, 2015 at 6:16 pm

Thank you. So that was the biggest of the 3 and the first one to close.

theatrefan on October 5, 2015 at 12:27 pm

And it was never twined, triplexed or quaded by RKO Stanley Warner.

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