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This Saturday At the Loew’s… Another Volunteer Work Day
Please Join us this Saturday at the Loew’s.
From 11am to 7pm we’ll try to finish up our packing; sort through and clean office furniture we’ll need to use in our new, temporary office outside of the Theatre, and disassemble shelving units to use in our new storage space.
In addition, we will identify and photograph original hardware etc. throughout the building which the contractors will need to reuse and/or recreate for use in the course of the restoration.
This has been a long process but 30 years of “stuff” is A LOT to tackle. We’ve been blessed with great people who have worked hard to help get us to this point. Now we are approaching the finish line; any help you can give will, as always, be greatly appreciated.
Once we are settled in at our new location, FOL will keep you posted with news on what’s next in the lead up to the start of restoration.
Hope you can come by tomorrow!
What Happens Next?
What Happens Next?
Now that Friends of the Loew’s contents have been moved out, the Loew’s Jersey will be prepared for its massive restoration. FOL will continue to be involved in planning and monitoring the progress of the work. We will document the restoration project and provide periodic updates on our website, facebook and on twitter. And we will plan FOL’s next phase of operations for our return to a magnificently restored Loew’s in 2024.
It has been a long, sometimes hard but mostly exciting road to this next step for the Loew’s Jersey. Please help us push through this phase and join us on the next part of the journey toward our grand movie palace’s future.
Experience The Wonder
In 1929, five cinematic palaces opened and were immediately dubbed “Wonder Theaters” because their size and beauty were a wonder to behold with the most magnificent and elaborate ornamentation of any theaters in our area. Four were located in New York and one in New Jersey, that one being The Loew’s Jersey Theatre at Journal Square in Jersey City.
No expense was spared on the buildings as well as the organs that graced the theatres. When the organ in Loew’s Jersey rose up on the organ lift and rotated around to reveal the console and organist as it thundered out the opening song of the evening in all its splendor of white and gold leaf, it could do no less then put the audience in a musical trance as they watched this event unfold in front of them.
This series of events took place night after night at movie shows, long after the rest of the area theatres gave up using their organs because of increased cost cutting. But due to public interest, the Loew’s Jersey Wonder Morton continued to entertain the movie going public. Eventually, when the movie industry fell on hard times and theatres started to close, the organ was removed and the theatre eventually went dark.
But thanks to to the efforts of Robert Balfour and the Garden State Theatre Organ Society, the Loew’s Jersey is once again filled with the sounds and spirit of a live Wonder Organ.
Masks must be worn above the nose in the Theatre at all times except when eating & drinking concessions.
Distancing is required when in line.
Only alternate rows in the auditorium will be used, and patrons who are not part of one party will be expected to sit at least two seats apart.
Hand sanitizer will be available at multiple stations in the Loew’s.
Doors, handrails, etc. will be periodically wiped down by Theatre staff during events.
Information from ticket sales will be provided to official contact tracers should the need arise.
The Theatre will make every effort to have the auditorium ready and open at the time patrons start to enter the building so as to reduce the need to congregate in the Lobby.
Leaving and re-entering the building between multiple screenings will be allowed to help reduce wait lines and congregating in the Lobby, provided patrons keep proof of ticket purchase.
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Friends of the Loew’s believes that The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre must serve its community as a not-for-profit arts and entertainment center that increases the visibility and role of the performing arts in the lives of the diverse peoples who live in Hudson County and our whole region. It must strive to present a broad spectrum of quality programming that breaks down preconceived divisions between different performance disciplines — artificial divisions that prevent many people, especially young people, from thoroughly exploring and enjoying the rich diversity of performance art. This programming must highlight the best accomplishments of American popular stage and motion picture arts.