Loew's Jersey Theatre
54 Journal Square,
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One of the five ‘Wonder Theatres’ in the New York City area, the Loew’s Jersey Theatre opened on 28th September 1929. Later in January 1975, two additional screens, each seating 524, were placed in the orchestra seating area beneath the balcony, leaving the main screen in the balcony, with a seating capacity of 1,078. The theatre closed on Thursday August 21, 1986.
Preservationists saved the theatre from becoming an office building and the Friends of the Loew’s embarked on an ongoing renovation/restoration project. The wall dividing the orchestra seating into two screens was removed.
Unfortunately, the original Jersey Theatre’s Morton ‘Wonder’ organ had already been removed from the building, but happily it is now located in the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, California. The Garden State Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society acquired a ‘sister’ identical Robert Morton ‘Wonder’ organ that had been originally installed in the Loew’s Paradise Theatre, Bronx. After several years extensive work on the instrument, it was ready for its debut in its new home at the Loew’s Jersey Theatre in late-2007.
The Loew’s Jersey Theatre had reopened in early-2002 as a venue for classic films, concerts and live performances. The theatre has become the centerpiece of the Journal Square renaissance.
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