Loew's Jersey Theatre

54 Journal Square,
Jersey City, NJ 07306

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Robert Kratky
Robert Kratky on July 27, 2021 at 2:05 pm

Let’s hope we get the opportunity for a few more classic film programs during the fall and winter of 2021 before the 2022 restoration “shutdown”.

spectrum
spectrum on March 16, 2021 at 8:05 am

The upcoming restoration calls for the theatre to close some time in 2022 for an 18-month renovation and restoration.

spectrum
spectrum on March 16, 2021 at 8:02 am

Great news February 23, 2021 on the redevelopment of the Jersey Theatre!

Looks like FOL got the best of both worlds with this one - a viable full renovation and FOL will still play a major role in programming.

Full Announcement at Friends of the Loew’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/landmarkloewsjersey/

Feature article at Jersey City Times:

https://jcitytimes.com/loews-to-get-renovation-and-national-acts/

Brief summary:

““There was good news about the Loew’s yesterday – and it’s even BETTER than some folks may realize. As news outlets reported, yesterday the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency conditionally designated the company that owns the Devils and manages the Prudential Center as the commercial operator of the Loew’s. And as part of the plan, more that $70 million dollars will be found to fully restore the Theatre, bring it into full code compliance, and completely upgrade its production capabilities. But not all the news stories about this made clear one more important part of the plan: Friends of the Loew’s isn’t going anywhere. We will continue doing much of what we do now, still very much part of the Loew’s. In fact, we’ll be the non-profit arm of the Theatre’s expanded operation. And our most important role is to make sure that as many people as possible continue to have the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from the Loew’s – even if they can’t afford, or don’t want tickets to expensive pop concerts.” ”

Robert Kratky
Robert Kratky on July 9, 2020 at 11:32 am

I’m trying to maintain a sense of optimism in that if the Loews Jersey is “transformed” into a performing arts center the show runners can strike a “happy medium” between concert performances and classic film programs. (As a self-declared classic film fanatic, I’d hate to see another vintage film venue fall by the wayside.) And I’m still wondering. how will the Journal Square area handle the one thousand or more ticket-holding concert fans as they converge the on Lowes for a concert event?

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on July 9, 2020 at 10:37 am

It is my understanding that the current FOL 5 year lease for the venue has now expired and Jersey City is now moving forward with the plan the mayor tried to push though 5 years ago. This involves contracting out the restoration and operation of the theatre to companies experienced in this.

If the plan is successful and once it is complete, the venue will primarily be a concert facility. The difference between now and 5 years ago is that FOL’s roll in the theatre is more formally defined, better giving them the ability to plan and run local interest events including movies.

Please note that I have no “inside” information, and of course this may work out differently than either party expects. I have my doubt that any commercial organization will be in a hurry to spending millions of dollars on a venue where at least for the next few years, they will not be able to have any hope of recouping their investment.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on July 9, 2020 at 6:17 am

This has been “renovating” for decades now. I would guess that work is just resuming after a pandemic enforced suspension.

Robert Kratky
Robert Kratky on July 9, 2020 at 6:06 am

Yes, that’s what I’ve read over at the Loews Facebook page recently. I am hopeful that “renovate”, in this case means installing a functional air conditioning system (to allow summer screenings!) and perhaps “improved” projection facilities such as 70mm. Color me “skeptical” but I hope none of the beautiful character and atmosphere of this grand movie palace is lost as the renovations proceed. And… I wonder where the money is coming from, especially during these “tough times”? (Private investors?)

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 9, 2020 at 5:27 am

i hear this theater is being renovated while we are in a pandemic. Can’t wait to check it out soon.

Robert Kratky
Robert Kratky on December 18, 2019 at 1:02 pm

Thanks, Markp, But I’ve got an appointment with a Wookie and some Storm Troopers, this Saturday. I hope the film program goes well for you.

markp
markp on December 17, 2019 at 8:43 pm

Don’t know if you would interested but this Sat Dec 21 at the Union County Arts Center in Rahway we will be showing National Lampoons Christmas Vacation in 35MM. 8 pm

Robert Kratky
Robert Kratky on December 17, 2019 at 10:45 am

Would anyone have any up-dates as to the status of this terrific theatre? There hasn’t been any movie activity (or much of “any” activity) since October.(As I understand it, they’ve been having some issues with their digital projection.) I regularly check their Facebook page..which is a small group of us asking the same question and their “official” website which seems to be a ghost town in terms of new events. (By this time of year, the Loews would be in the process of announcing their Holiday Programs but, as of this morning….nothing!)

DaveM
DaveM on October 16, 2019 at 12:34 pm

Yes. The Newark Paramount (marquee only) and the Loews Kings (extensive interiors) also show up.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 16, 2019 at 12:29 pm

Which movie, the new Joker?

DaveM
DaveM on October 16, 2019 at 12:19 pm

JOKER SPOILER ALERT:

The Loews Jersey exterior is used for the scene where Bruce Wayne’s parents are murdered. (Not much of a spoiler if you’ve ever seen a Batman film…)

Robert Kratky
Robert Kratky on March 24, 2019 at 2:22 pm

My hat will always be off to the great Loew’s Jersey for presenting (this weekend, Mar. 29-30) films which are, shall we say not within the framework of the current P.C. climate. Great program featuring “A Clockwork Orange” and “Blazing Saddles” P.C. police please stay away!

vindanpar
vindanpar on October 20, 2018 at 7:55 pm

Ok so who took that just posted color photo of the Loew’s Jersey because it’s magnificent.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 9, 2018 at 5:50 pm

In two years will be its 91st anniversary…

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 9, 2018 at 5:18 pm

Next year will mark 90 years since it opened.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 9, 2018 at 4:55 pm

September 27th, 1929 grand opening ad in the photo section.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on October 22, 2017 at 9:59 am

Last night at this wonderful movie palace, a classic horror triple feature: House on Haunted Hill (1959), Island of Lost Souls (1933) and Halloween (1978). In the lobby, Halloween’s villain Michael Myers played the theme from the movie on a grand piano. He also played music from The Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby, and Barry Lyndon (?). The crowd was huge for all three films.

dickneeds111
dickneeds111 on October 21, 2017 at 2:03 pm

Hey vindanpar. Your last line on your comment. I do not live in Jersey but I do live outside of Boston. We have several theatres that show older classics. In case you don’t know but most films are not available on film anymore so that is why all is digital. Most places that can show film(which is very few) will try to get a print but it is hard to do. So wouldn’t rather see it digitally than not at all. This is the 21st century pal.

vindanpar
vindanpar on October 21, 2017 at 10:55 am

I really wish this place would only play films suitable for the entire family and when you consider what they play are classics there is no place in a great movie palace for utter trash like Rocky Horror.

I like early Almodovar and John Waters but I don’t want to see it at the Loew’s.

For a party like this it should be family friendly and Phantom should be the star feature WITH the color sequence. I don’t know what gets into the heads of people that plan this stuff.

And what’s up with the digital nonsense?

Robert Kratky
Robert Kratky on October 21, 2017 at 5:37 am

The Halloween season is the time of year when the Landmark Loews really “shines on”! The wonderful folks (FOL) who manage this true landmark have always had a sense of fun and frights during this time of year and this year proves to be no exception. Honestly, what better way to spend the pre-Halloween weekend than with Vinnie, Bela, Charlie and Michael Myers.

Loews Jersey
Loews Jersey on October 19, 2017 at 2:54 pm

Time again for the Loew’s annual Movie AND Masquerade Party: This year it’s Rocky Horror Nite. The (in)famous cult classic movie about what is arguably the worst (or perhaps best) masquerade party in history will be followed by a real masquerade party in the Loew’s Grand Lobby – complete with music & dancing, refreshments, a cash bar and — of course — a costume contest. (But you can come as you are if you don’t like dress-up; costumes are optional.) It’s all a fundraiser to benefit Friends of the Loew’s. Advance tickets are $25 at rockyhorrornite.eventbrite.com. (Movie will be screened digitally.)

If you’re not up for the party but still want to see the movie, it’s $8. Movie only tickets are not sold in advance.

Loews Jersey
Loews Jersey on October 19, 2017 at 2:46 pm

Last minute reminder: 4 classic horror films this weekend:

Oct 20 8:15PM “Phantom of the Opera” silent with live organ accompaniment by Bernie Anderson. $10 Adults / $8 Kids & Seniors (Screened Digitally)

Oct 21 6PM “House On Haunted Hill” starring Vincent Price – shown with EMERGO! $8 Adults / $6 Kids & Seniors (Screened in 35mm)

Oct 21 7:40PM “The Island of Lost Souls” starring Charles Laughton & Bela Lugosi. $8 Adults / $6 Kids & Seniors (Screened in 35mm)

Oct 21 9:20PM “Halloween” John Carpenter’s original starring Jamie Lee Curtis. $8 Adults / $6 Kids & Seniors (Screened Digitally)