Stanley Theatre

2932 Kennedy Boulevard,
Jersey City, NJ 7306

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zarafa101 on November 19, 2013 at 8:34 am

Clink link to see a video about the newest renovations to The Stanley Theatre.

Tinseltoes on June 4, 2013 at 6:20 am

I should have said that “new” renovations have been completed. There have been numerous renovations since JW took over the Stanley Theatre.

Tinseltoes on June 3, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Renovations have been completed: jw

repolton on October 9, 2012 at 11:17 am

For more information on the Stanley Theater and its developer, Jacob Fabian and its architect, Fred Wesley Wentworth, see the website I have recently completed a book on their collaboration. REP

Mikeoaklandpark on September 5, 2012 at 6:38 am

This theater closed during the short time lived in Jersey City. I regret I didn’t go to the theater before it closed. I do rememebr the last 2 films to play there were flat. I think I would have gone if they had one flat and one in scope.

countup on September 4, 2012 at 2:18 pm

i remember the stars and clouds on the ceiling when i was a kid. i remember going there for the last time around 1974. i think the picture was the lords of flatbush, sylvester stalones first picture i believe.

dawng2828 on May 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I remember it is a kid, wonderful, especially the starlit ceiling. I think I remember seeing people light up a cigarette now and then, that really stood out to a kids eyes. Want to get back to Jersey to visit it. Too bad the Tivoli and Fulton are gone.

spectrum on December 4, 2010 at 9:49 pm

The Stanley Theatre in Newark ( is a virtual replica of the Stanley in Jersey City, albeit on a somewhat smaller scale (1,949 seats). The lobby is not an exact reaplica but is similar in style and fully atmospheric. That Stanley is also a church.

Some more videos:

nine minute video tour + slide show with history & restoration:
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One more…:

Tinseltoes on August 20, 2010 at 5:58 am

Even if tours are not available, you can still visit the building during church services and look around at your leisure. Just don’t do anything that would distract parishioners during the service, such as walking up-and-down the aisles or using a camera.

alps on August 19, 2010 at 6:24 pm

I wanted to tour this theatre next week. A call to the number lister said there are no more tours. Say it isn’t so, urgh!!!!!!!!

TLSLOEWS on August 11, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Thanks again Tinseltoes,everything is on you-tube now.

Tinseltoes on August 11, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Here’s a new link to a 2007 video slide show that may have been previously posted here on 12/15/09:

TLSLOEWS on June 16, 2010 at 10:14 am

Nice ad Bill H.

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Bill Huelbig on June 16, 2010 at 4:53 am

To commemmorate the New York opening of “Psycho” 50 years ago today, here’s an ad from the Jersey Journal. “Psycho” didn’t branch out to New Jersey theaters till August 3, 1960:

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TLSLOEWS on April 17, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Very nice photo Patsy.

Putz on April 1, 2010 at 2:18 pm

After reading all posts, I would like to state that Schmadrian has tried to be respectful. I admit that it would be nice to have a little film history in a tour, but if the guide is not familiar with that part of it, especially being a volunteer, not as a guide, but in the facility itself, they may not know particulars. Schmadrian appears very sincere to me, although Jehovah’s Witnesses are not aggrandizing themselves in this regard. Schadrian does appreciate the hard work that was put into the renovation. Proof of this is in the link of his profile showing his favorite theaters, the Stanley being among them. Schmadrian: I applaud how you were not attacking the faith of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. I believe that if I came to your door, you would be very respectful of me/my faith, even if we do not agree, unlike many.

TLSLOEWS on February 9, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Very inetresting videos and stories.I did not know that this theatre was across the street from the Loews Jersey,it is great that 2 movie palaces are still being used.They are both wonderful.

spectrum on January 11, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Back in November 2008 I was treated to a wonderful tour of the Stanley theatre as a featured part of the “Wonder Weekend” celebration at the Loewâ€\s Jersey Theatre across the street. About 150 participants were given a thorough tour of the Stanley and it really is as amazing as people have said in the posts above. They did a fantastic job of restoring the theatre, and the tourguides were very friendly and informative. I would encourage anyone attending an event at the Loewâ€\s Jersey to make time in their schedule for a tour of the Stanley as well. There are few places where two top-class movie palaces are located literally across the street from each other. We were able to learn a lot about the history of the theater and restoration, and the witnesses were able to learn a lot more about the theatre history from the “wonder weekend” attendees. A couple of the volunteers then came over to enjoy Ralph Ringstadâ€\s concert at the Loewâ€\s!

I did find a few new pieces of information:

The staff of the Assembly hall is very interested in hearing from people with information about the history of the theatre, and peopleâ€\s memories of it – email them at or 201/377-3100 if you have anything to offer!

The big patch in the ceiling above the proscenium arch covers the main speaker system. It is color-matched very well to the ceiling plaster so when youâ€\re actually standing there it doesnâ€\t look too obtrusive.

When the Jehovahâ€\s Witnesses bought the theater, the big lobby murals were deteriorated beyond repair, and a couple were completely missing; hence their replacement with new murals reflecting a more religious them. They are gorgeous!

They no longer offer hot chocolate or iced tea after the tours, but they will give you a beautiful packet of a dozen color postcards of the theater, mostly of the wonderful interiors. Also the free tours now need to be arranged in advance – contact them at or 201/377-3100 a couple days before you plan to arrive- tours can be scheduled between 8-12 and 1-4:15.

ORGAN INFO! The Stanleyâ€\s Mighty WurliTzer (Opus 1836, type SP-3M, 3 manuals, 27 ranks) was sold off in the early 1970s, and in 1973 was installed in the home of Dick Loderhose in Jamaica, Queens. It was subsequently sold to Ron Walls and installed at the Roaring 20â€\s Pizza in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and later installed in its current home, the Meijer Theatre at the Van Andel City Museum in Grand Rapids. There it entertains a steady stream of local school groups who attend their popular “storytime with the organ” presentations, offered weekly on Mondays, and the second Friday of the month. These 35 minute programs include live thematic readings, accompanied by projected images and musical accompaniment on the organ, followed by an explanation of the workings of the pipes. The organ is also used for periodic concerts and is available for weddings. Photo of the console can be found at (click on Meijer theater). Itâ€\s great to see the organ is being used so extensively! During these many moves, the Solo String and Solo String Cello were sold and installed onto Opus 2006 in Berkeley, CA, and the 15” Diaphonic Diapason were installed on a privately owned organ in Detroit, MI.

spectrum on December 15, 2009 at 7:37 pm

The above listed YouTube video is a loving tribute to the Stanley – an extended slide show with lots of photos – especially closeups of the ornamental details. Here are some other Youtube Videos of the Stanley:
(post-restoration photos – same as the link above)

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(narrative and restoration photos)

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(nine minute video tour)

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gabedellafave on July 24, 2009 at 4:24 pm

THE Stanley Theatre:

No matter what the function of the building, as long as it remains and even after (hope there is no after), this will always be one of the finest movie palaces that ever existed.

It is the quintessential example of a type of building. It should be the dictionary example of “movie palace.”

I always thought that this great theatre was very refined in style; much more so than many of the old palaces. The sheer number of multi-colored chandeliers boggles the mind, and the wall treatments are very restrained. The walls let the lighting lead. It is the lighting, special textures, and fixtures that single this place out — more so than cupids would.

By the way, I’m agnostic. I have no opinions of the JW’s one way or another. I will say that they did an amazing job with this building that was endangered; and that they take care of it with kid gloves today.

carolgrau on July 19, 2009 at 7:30 pm

I'am glad they did'nt tear it down for a parking lot, he would have written a ten chapter book. Save them all.

twinkie06 on July 1, 2009 at 10:28 am


Show’s how little you know about JW’s. They are not selfish nor try to aggrandize themselves. Reason for a minute. If they would be selfish do you really think they would spend so much time renovating this place for free, or even go door to door speaking about God? Meanwhile you or me in the other hand might be sleeping in till late or doing nothing productive, but they worked hard. You are criticizing them for showing their beautiful amazing house of worship and you’d probably would criticize if they would'nt allow any visitors. It just shows you how we are never happy with anything. Inform yourself first before judging them so rapidly. They are not hipocrits like maybe others are.

schmadrian on March 15, 2009 at 4:34 pm


I’m not the one who resurrected it, Larry! Why bring it up, except to try and slap my wrist?

Maybe you’re just bored. Here’s an assignment: fix the economy.