The Sting at the Loews Jersey Theater

I’ve been on their e-mail list for a couple of years, but Saturday night was the first chance F. and I had to drive on down to Jersey City and check out the renovation of the the landmark Loew’s Jersey theater.

There’s a growing movement to preserve and renovate the amazing movie palaces. We visited the “California” theater in San Jose a few years back, and were utterly amazed by the spectacle of the building, even before the curtain parted for the show. And yes, they do have curtains.

Here’s the lobby:

Unlike the California, the Loew’s is still very much a work in progress. Their site has a whole section devoted to the kinds of volunteers they need, including plasterers, carpenters and masons. But still, you get the idea.

One thing that doesn’t need renovation is the pipe organ. Before the show you get a concert played live on this huge instrument, that as the curtain opens slowly sinks down below the stage.

Yes, the screen is that big. The proscenium opening is 50 feet wide.

Oh, and the movie. It holds up great. Newman and Redford are a lot of fun to watch even after all these years, and the plot twists still caught me off-guard.

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