Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Loew's Jersey Theatre

New Jersey Historic Preservation Bond Program
Grant Award: $989,205 (1992)
Grant Recipient: Jersey City Economic Development Corporation
County: Hudson
Municipality: Jersey City

Once threatened with demolition, Loew's Jersey Theatre remains as one of five sumptuous "wonder theatres" built by Marcus Loew between 1927 and 1930. Designed in the ornate Spanish Baroque style by nationally renowned architects Rapp and Rapp, the theater was likely one of the first built specifically for talking pictures. The texture of the walls and ceilings was prepared to reflect sound to the farthest reaches of the space.

The Trust grant helped fund exterior and interior stabilization and basic life-safety improvements, which permitted limited use of the interior for small gatherings. The long-term objective is to return the theater to full use as a performing arts center.

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