Loew's State Theatre

635 Broad Street,
Newark, NJ 07102

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HowardBHaas on January 2, 2013 at 6:27 am

December 21, 2012 Washington Post article about the closure of Takoma Park video store owned by Annie and Barry Solan states the two met in 1975 at the State which Barry described as a “raggedy old vaudeville theater.” The article states that in 1979, Barry became a co-owner of the State where he screened films such as “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Our Hitler” an 8 hour movie. After they married in 1981, he bought other theaters including Philadelphia’s Roxy before entering the video business.

Tinseltoes on August 14, 2012 at 6:21 am

This 1915 trade article describes a Paramount Theatre on Broad Street, but gives no specific building number. Does anyone know whatever became of it? archive

russellgallion on January 7, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Carole. The feature was “Good News”.
I was one of the ushers on the late shift. The last show started
at about 10:30pm. It had been snowing heavily for several hours.
I counted the house about 1130 and 25 patrons were still in the house.
By then most buses had stopped running. This forced a number of us,
employees and patrons, to spend the night in the mezzanine lobby.
This was a storm, and a night, to remember.
posted by gallion 1/7/11

carolesandlerkahn on January 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Can someone suggest a way to find out what was playing at the Loew’s in Newark on the day the Blizzard of 1947 began? The date was December 27, 1947. Thanks. Carole

Oleksij on September 30, 2010 at 11:57 am

Back in the mid-1960s, before the emergence of malls, my mother and I would do any major shopping in Newark. At the conclusion of one such expedition, she treated me to a “Man from U.N.C.L.E.” movie at the Lowe’s. I wish I’d been old enough then to appreciate what a beautiful theatre I was in. My mother frequently told me what a fabulous city Newark used to be. Based on the pictures posted on this site, and the entry for the Newark Paramount, I can see what she meant.

TLSLOEWS on August 11, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Thanks for your memories gallion, I worked for Loews in Nashville,Tenneessee from 73 thru 81,good to hear from another Loews Guy.

russellgallion on June 13, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Back in the mid 80s my job required a trip from LA to NJ.
Imagine my shock to find a parking lot at the corner of Broad and
New streets. I was asst mgr at Loews Newark 1950-51. Murray Sharf
was mgr. Loews was one of four first run houses in downtown Newark.
The other three were the Paramount, Branford, and RKO Proctors. The Adams
had become a burlesque house, I think. There was another on Washington
called the Empire. Or am I confusing these two? Loews State Newark was
certainly a movie “palace”, but not nearly so grand as Loews Jersey in Jersey
City, where I worked later on as asst mgr. The Jersey is truly deserving of
words like “magnificent” and thankfully has been preserved and renovated.
Is there anyone out there with memories of this era?
by gallion 6-13-10

TLSLOEWS on February 19, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Nice photos love the 1946 marquee.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 19, 2008 at 7:47 am

A new direct link to a view of the auditorium: View link

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 6, 2008 at 7:20 am

The 1946 photo was probably taken at the end of that year, which might partially explain the size of the crowds. Many people were either returning/exchanging Christmas gifts or taking advantage of New Year’s sales. On the New York side of the Hudson, “Caesar & Cleopatra” started its circuit of Loew’s nabes on January 9, 1947. The Loew’s in Newark and Jersey City usually played a week ahead of New York, but not always. By the time of January 9, 1947, the two Jersey Loew’s theatres were showing “The Jolson Story” (as a single feature with shorts).

HowardBHaas on March 6, 2008 at 6:51 am

Warren, people then dressed up when they went to the movies, in cities, too, right? Philadelphia’s Boyd Theatre didn’t have stage shows, and the photos we have from then of people waiting in line or arriving also show people were dressed up.

Not so relevant for this website, but Bambergers set up in the 1960s or 1970s in suburban Philadelphia malls. Not Macy’s, as apparently parent company Federated thought the local New Jersey store would attract more customers than a NYC store.

Oh, and I’ve walked around in downtown Newark. Let’s hope it revives and the closed historic theaters that were not demolished have a chance to reopen.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 6, 2008 at 6:33 am

Can you imagine such shopping hordes in downtown Newark today? And everybody seemed to “dress up” when they went there. Can you spot any jeans or slacks on the women? The men wore fedoras and suits under their overcoats. The vertical sign in the background represented Hahne & Company, one of the major department stores. The leading department store, however, was Bamberger’s, which was owned by Macy’s in New York City.

teecee on August 9, 2006 at 2:27 pm

Old postcard, postmarked 1924:
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 4, 2006 at 7:43 am

Does anyone have information about Newark’s 700-seat Playhouse Theatre, which opened in April, 1930, and apparently fell victim to the worsening Depression. The 1932 FDYB lists it as “closed,” though it’s possible that it later re-opened under a different name. Michael Mindlin, who ran the Playhouse, was a prominent NYC exhibitor and best-known for the Fifth Avenue Playhouse, one of America’s first “art houses.” The Newark Playhouse, however, seems to have been more mainstream, with its premiere movie direct from the world-famous Roxy. I don’t know if the Playhouse was a new theatre or an existing one that Mindlin took over. Its location at 982 Broad Street was considerably south of the bustling intersection of Broad and Market Street: www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/newarkplayhouse.jpg

hondo59 on March 23, 2006 at 3:35 am

It seems to me that a demolition worker was killed during the razing of this theater. I think that occurred in 1978. It was across the street from the beautiful Hahne’s Department Store.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 9, 2005 at 12:55 pm

Here’s an image of the auditorium after “talkies” were installed. To improve acoustics, the boxes were pushed against the side walls, minus seats. Sound speakers were partially concealed from view by hanging them against dark draperies above the stage curtain:

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 24, 2005 at 6:46 am

The Loew’s State Theatre, Newark closed in 1977.

teecee on March 11, 2005 at 5:45 pm

Beautiful recollections at this link:
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