Loew's Jersey Theatre

54 Journal Square,
Jersey City, NJ 07306

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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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GDellaFa
GDellaFa on January 23, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Any films scheduled for January of February 2014?

bolorkay
bolorkay on January 28, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Yes. “Jaws” will be screened this Sat., Feb 1 at 7 P.M.

GDellaFa
GDellaFa on January 28, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Yay! Thanks! I’ll be there!!!

bolorkay
bolorkay on February 5, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Thanks, FOL for that great 35mm presentation of “Jaws” this past weekend. One of those movies that just keeps getting better with time, especially on Loew’s huge screen. Very nice turnout for a film that did not recieve very much advance publicity. Looking forward to the rest of February and March to see what surprises are in store for us.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 5, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Not only did Jaws not have much advance publicity, but the free publicity it could have had for over a week — the name of the movie on the marquee — was not there as of Saturday morning, mere hours before the show.

I know the volunteer staff is spread thin, and under the weather, but it seems ludicrous that someone couldn’t change the marquee before show time.

Was it even changed BY show time?

bolorkay
bolorkay on February 16, 2014 at 9:54 am

Very quiet (in terms of films) for the remainder of this month and into March… I hope all is well at this great theater.

bolorkay
bolorkay on March 28, 2014 at 5:38 am

Just got the e-mail on 3/26…. John Huston’s “The African Queen” (with Bogart and Hepburn) will be screened this Saturday at 7 P.M. at the Landmark Loews Jersey.

movieguy
movieguy on March 28, 2014 at 7:36 am

Yes “The African Queen” WILL show in GLORIOUS 35MM!

bolorkay
bolorkay on March 28, 2014 at 8:00 am

Agreed, movieguy. “Glorious” is certainly the word for what the Loews does with their 35mm film programs!

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on March 28, 2014 at 5:08 pm

And so goes the Boyd Theatre in Philadelphia. In 2005, Live Nation bought the theatre, and it has been boarded up ever since. According to news reports, they have started demolishing this art deco gem so they can sell the building to a company that plans to build a modern multiplex.

Cinema Treasures Boyd Theatre web site.

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