State Theatre

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

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rivest266 on July 11, 2018 at 3:16 pm

Reopened as a 3-plex on November 19th, 1975. Ad in photo section.

rivest266 on February 8, 2018 at 3:32 pm

This opened on April 24th, 1922. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

theatrefan on October 5, 2015 at 9:27 am

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

markp on October 4, 2015 at 3:16 pm

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

Mikeoaklandpark on October 4, 2015 at 1:25 pm

It closed in 1977 markp

markp on October 4, 2015 at 11:16 am

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.

theatrefan on October 4, 2015 at 10:21 am

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

Bobbysox on September 30, 2015 at 5:06 am

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

Mikeoaklandpark on March 30, 2015 at 12:31 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.

markp on March 30, 2015 at 6:38 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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 29, 2015 at 8:01 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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 29, 2015 at 7:14 pm

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

ajp919 on August 22, 2013 at 3:20 pm

My favorite memory – “The House on Haunted Hill” with Emergo, the skeleton that flew over the heads of the audience near the end of the picture and then was rewound back into its box by Vincent Price holding what looked like a giant fishing rod. Just great.

rfd24 on July 20, 2013 at 9:14 pm

I began a lifelong love affair with Barbra Streisand when I saw “Funny Girl” at the State in February 1970. I will never forget the finale when she sang “My Man.”. Other films I rememberbseeing at the State: “Mary Poppins” 1964 or 1965; “Sleeper” in ‘73, and “Patton"in 1970.

CAD on May 6, 2013 at 12:47 am

When exactly did this theater stop showing movies? I was born in Jersey City and I remember seeing Evil Dead II (1987) in one of the two theaters in Journal Square. I thought it might have been the Loew’s Jersey Theatre, which I had gone to before (I clearly remember Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on the marquee), but they closed in 1986, so it must have been at the State. Now it’s a 99ยข store…for shame.

Mikeoaklandpark on September 5, 2012 at 6:34 am

I saw one movie there when I lived in Jersey City in 1977 Pete’s Dragon

countup on September 4, 2012 at 2:30 pm

i was sad when i heard that the roof of the state collopsed ,and they had to tear it down. it maybe could have been preserved, likt the loews and stanley

GDellaFa on January 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Does anyone have any interior photos of this theatre? Would love to see them. I remember this great old theatre very well. I was in it a lot when I was a kid. Clearly remember seeing “Live and Let Die,” “Gone With The Wind” (with my parents and sister), a “Planet of the Apes” marathon, and “The Bad News Bears” here in the 1970s.

GDellaFa on January 4, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Stillwagon, I remember that lounge “screen” like it was yesterday. It seemed like it wasn’t much effort to project the film on a flat white wall in the mezzanine lounge. I remember it had a violet hue (if that makes any sense). It was about 12 feet high by 30 feet wide, as I recall. A very nice feature, many people chose to watch the movie in this lounge.

The Loew’s Jersey had the best light show in Journal Square. I as recall the coves over the orchestra and under the balcony seating could be lit in any color—most often in violet, red, and gold. Radio City also has “mood lighting.”

The Stanley in Journal Square was your typical (though huge) Eberson atmospheric house with clouds projected on the ceiling with “stars” twinkling.

itswagon on April 11, 2010 at 7:37 am

As an old projectionist, I’d appreciate knowing more about the mirror system that enabled the projection of the movie on the wall of the lounge (see above) in the State Theater. The source of the image was in the projection booth. I found it very interesting, curious, and unusual. The Roxy (New York City) had a screen installed above the lighting panel on the stage that enabled the lighting technician to view the orchestra from the area of the balcony or loge so that he (or she) could adjust the lighting to compliment the mood of the scene (E.g. blues and greens for scary and browns and reds for love and good feelings). The theater also used the lighting system to save money on heating and cooling. It was cheaper to heat the place, patrons felt less cold when the auditorium lighting used reds and browns. The air conditioning costs could be reduced if the theater used blues and greens in the lighting. I believe it was more effective for audience appeal than smell-o-vision.

dcaprio on September 25, 2009 at 12:54 pm

I can think of very few childhood memories that can outdo what happened to me at the State Theater on Journal Square in 1966. At age 5 my entire life as well as that of my 7 year old brother revolved completely around Batman. The 1960’s TV show was our focus and fixation. All our friends were equally hypnotized and Batman was often the theme of our games and dreams. In 1966 the Batman movie was released to cash in on the Batman craze. As the movie played to sold out movie houses across the country packed with kids screaming for the caped crusaders, actors Adam West and Burt Ward would often appear live on stage to promote the movie. Somehow my dad managed to score tickets and as my brother and I sat watching the movie, about 10 minutes into the film, the screen went dark and the stage lights came on. I’ll never forget the words of the man onstage. He said, “Okay kids, here they are, Batman and Robin!” I don’t think anybody heard anything after that as the audience of 4 – 12 year olds went wild, yelling and screaming at the top of their lungs. All except for me that is. My dad recalls how I sat frozen in my chair with my mouth wide open in utter amazement as batman and the boy wonder proceeded to greet us with words of good wishes and advice on being a good boy or girl. That day at the State Theater will always be embossed in my mind as a shining moment of childhood glory. To this day whenever I see a rerun of that series I remember that experience. I have the movie on DVD and now my own two boys ages 8 & 12 watch it with similar enthusiasm. I still feel the magic of that Saturday afternoon in 1966 whenever I tell them about it. While I also have fond memories of the nearby Lowes and Stanley theaters and movies I watched there (like Mary Poppins at the Lowes), the day Batman and Robin jumped on the stage at the State Theater will always be my greatest memory of Journal Square entertainment.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 5, 2009 at 2:08 pm

I remeber seeing this place closed on a visit to Jersey City around 1991. Judging by TC'comment above it must have been right after it was locked up for the last time.

William on May 21, 2008 at 11:13 am

The State Theatre in Jersey City opened on April 24th., 1922. The opening feature that night was D.W. Griffith’s “Orphans of the Storm”.

jflundy on November 29, 2007 at 9:49 am

1964 Hudson Boulevard became John F. Kennedy Boulevard.