A Night at a Movie Palace: Loew’s Jersey Theatre

Last weekend, my wife and I enjoyed the 1954 classic On the Waterfront in 35 mm film on the big screen. (The movie was shot in Hoboken, New Jersey.) While the film was riveting, the true attraction was the movie theater itself.

The Loew’s Jersey Theatre stands across the street from the Journal Square PATH station in Jersey City, New Jersey. The Loew’s opened in 1929 and remains a true movie palace. A temple for artistry and entertainment.

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Stephen King in Jersey City

This past Tuesday, Stephen King entertained a sold-out crowd of casual and hardcore fans at the grand, historic, and simply breath-taking Loew’s Jersey Theatre. The event marked the release of King’s latest novel End of Watch and the beginning of his summer book tour. Yes, Stephen King’s book tour began in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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This altered black-and-white photo seems more atmospheric than the original. Stephen King at the Loew’s Jersey Theatre, Jersey City, New Jersey, June 7, 2016 (Photograph by the author).

This was a real coup for the Loew’s and for Jersey City. Manhattan, the country’s media capital and the former home of generations of artists and writers, and Brooklyn, the current seat of the literati and the creative class, both sit across the Hudson River from Jersey City. Stephen King could have chosen a larger venue in either of those boroughs and he could have demanded a much higher fee. Instead, he choose Jersey City. Thirty-two dollars gained one a seat at the Loew’s and a copy of the book. Signed copies were randomly handed out to guests. My wife received one.

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Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy 15th Annual Preservation Awards Ceremony

On Thursday night—yes, this Thursday May 28, 2015 from 6:00 to 9:00—the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy is hosting its annual preservation awards ceremony at the splendid and magical Loew’s Jersey Theatre.

Loew's Jersey Theatre (Courtesy of Friends of the Loew's).
Loew’s Jersey Theatre (Courtesy of Friends of the Loew’s).

The JCLC will be handing out awards to homeowners, developers, and architects who have renovated or preserved historic property throughout Jersey City and to individuals who championed local history and culture through writing or activism. This year’s marquee honoree will be the novelist Richard Price.

A ticket—only $35—will get you a seat at the awards ceremony, a buffet dinner, drinks from an open bar, and a guided tour of the Loew’s. In addition to enjoying good company, you’ll be helping the JCLC with its local preservation goals and historical awareness efforts.

If you don’t have any plans, check it out. We’ll be there.