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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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.

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on April 23, 2014 at 8:51 am

The Landmark Loews Jersey Screenings This Friday April 25 and Saturday April 26

New York, New York. The city’s so nice they had to name it twice…

Friday April 25th at 8PM

The French Connection

Nothing say’s New York better than this gritty tale of international drug smugglers and corrupt cops. 35mm film presentation.

Saturday April 26th at 6pm.

Little Fugitive

An amazing tour of Coney Island in the 1950’s. It is the story of a little boy who runs away from home, to hide out at New York City’s playground, Coney Island. 35mm Film Presentation.

Saturday April 26th at 8pm

Speedy

Harold Lloyd’s classic comedy about a New York a small time Trolly operator trying to keep his business afloat against bigger competitors who will use any means to take over his routes. The highlight of the film is a mad rush though the crowded streets of Manhattan to get the real life Babe Ruth to the real life Yankee Stadium in time for a game. 35mm film presentation, organ accompaniment by Bernie Anderson.

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on May 30, 2014 at 7:10 am

Organ accompaniment for Metropolis by Bernie Anderson.

bolorkay
bolorkay on June 6, 2014 at 5:59 am

Any word yet as to what the films might be for next weekend, June 13 and 14 ?

Altoblanco
Altoblanco on June 27, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Here is the latest in the unfortunate battle between Friends of the Loew’s and Mayor Fulop for control of the theater.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2014/06/community_group_outraged_by_planned_takeover_of_jersey_citys_loews_theater.html

Now, more than ever, FOL needs public support. Despite the many obstacles placed before them, they have remained true to their mission of not only saving, renovating and maintaining this magnificent slice of history, but also operating and sustaining it as a precious and necessary cultural and community resource for the citizens of Jersey City and beyond. Now THEIR survival is at stake! Loew’s Jersey’s supporters, customers and friends must let their voices be heard if this iconic building is to remain in the hands of the people, for the people.

The Mayor and big government should not be allowed to strong-arm their way in, take over the “people’s palace” and turn it into a symbol of self-serving opportunism and greed. It must remain ACCESSIBLE to ALL – and that can only happen if FOL stays the course. We can all help by letting our public officials know how important and invaluable FOL’s role CONTINUES to be in accomplishing this, and what it means to us to preserve Loew’s Jersey Theatre as an a NON-PROFIT, COMMUNITY-BASED arts and entertainment center that ultimately serves and benefits EVERYONE!

If you’ve ever attended any movies, shows or other events there… performed there… worked there… have personal memories or reminiscences… followed its history… advocated for its preservation… or simply admire it from a distance as a “theater buff”… What does Loew’s Jersey mean to YOU?

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