Dumpsterthon 2014

Many of you have been following reports about FOL's struggle against the CIty's efforts to marginalize us in the Loew's. Lots of you have emailed support -- and we thank you very much for that! There will be another important update and what you can do to help in a separate message.

But despite all this, the show must go on!  

SO FOL needs volunteers to help with a couple of very important projects over the next few weeks!

** Dumpsterthon on Saturday, March 15  10:30AM to 6PM

FOL needs to clear out "stuff" that's been building up around the Theatre from operations. We hope you'll come by for an hour or two or the whole day to help us clear our space! Rehearsals for Stagefest will also be going on Saturday so you'll get a sneak preview while you're working!



Help Us By Showing Your Support

As you may have heard, Friends of the Loew's has filed a court action against the City of Jersey City and the JC Redevelopment agency to stop them moving forward with their plan to remove FOL and replace us with an outside corporation.

We will soon be asking all of you to actively and openly show your support for FOL as we face the greater challenge of convincing the Mayor to keep his campaign promise and work with FOL, so the Loew's will finally fulfill its potential as one of New Jersey's premier venues for arts and entertainment.

Thank you for your Support.


Our Position on Jersey City's Plan for the Loew's Jersey

The Jersey City Reporter’s recent story in which Jersey City administration tried to justify its desire to push Friends of Loew’s aside failed to explain a most important fact in the ongoing restoration and operation of the Loew’s: Since 2004, the City of Jersey City has been obligated in an agreement with FOL to find funding for the very repairs that the City is now insinuating FOL is at fault for not making -- vital work such as new sprinklers and emergency lighting, fixing fire escapes, and other safety upgrades to a building the City owns. But for ten years, the City has failed to meet this fundamental obligation.

Back in 2004, Jersey City admitted that until this most critical work is done, it’s impossible for Friends of the Loew’s – or anybody else – to operate the Loew’s to its full potential. So it is less than fair for the City to now be complaining that FOL hasn’t done enough when the cause is the City’s own failure to do what it is supposed to do.

Read more

On Jersey City's Plan to Seek Outside, For-Profit Management to Run the Loew's Jersey Theatre

Dear Friends,

We’ve gotten a lot of worried inquiries about what’s going on with Jersey City and the Loew’s, but have held off putting out a general statement because we hoped the bad things that seemed to be happening were really just a misunderstanding.

But unfortunately, things just keep getting worse. So we have no choice now but to spread the word about what the City is trying to do. We ask you to read on, and pass it on to your friends.




Door Replacement Begins

Here's some good news:  The long-anticipated replacement of the Loew's old side exit doors has begun!  If you've seen some of the doors as you walked through the alleyway next to the Loew's, you've probably noticed that they look in pretty rough shape.  In fact, they've been rotting away on their hinged for decades.  The new doors will work smoothly and be much more effective at keeping outside sounds and air from getting into the Theatre.   
Part of the work also includes a door you probably haven't seen.  It's the stage load-in door -- the way we're supposed to be able to bring equipment and sets on stage for shows.  The trouble is, that door has been sealed shut for at least the last 40 years.  So for as long as FOL has been running the Loew's, all the equipment needed for live shows has had to be unloaded in the front of the Theatre and carried all the way down to the stage.  That's a lot of trouble, and has been one of the deterrents to presenting more live programs.  So replacing the load in door is really a big step!
Side Door Work Starts
Side Door Step Demolition
Concrete Arrives for New Side Step
Cutting Into Old Stage Door
Breaking Through Old Stage Door
The work is being funded by a generous grant Friends of the Loew's received from the Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund.  It was designed by HMR Architects, working with FOL's Building Committee.
The door replacement project will be going on for a few months, so you'll probably notice the ongoing improvements the next time you come to a show.