Jersey City has two great movie palaces in Journal Square that are both beautifuly restored.
1. The Loews Jersey Theatre: It was the only one of the Loew's Wonders Movie Palaces built out of NYC. It is oen of five. One in Manhattan that operates as a church; one in Queens which also runs as a church; The Kings Theatre on Flatbush Ave that is sorely delipadated; the Paradise Theatre in Bronx; and last but certainly not least the Loews Jersey in Jersey City as JSQ. It proves of how highly JSQ was thought as a destination in the 20s and 30s and even the 40s where it was a great place for Hudson County for a night on the town. It has been renovated beautifully and hosts film festivals and showing of old films twice a month; has been the settings for recent films; and recently Beck performed their along with Patti Lebelle not that before him. http://www.loewsjersey.org/
2. Stanley Theatre: It was built by Warner Bros. in 1928 and begged mayor Hague who was mayor from 1917-1947 and even offered the mayors daughter a role along side Shirely Temple in an upcoming film for the right to build the theatre. At the time blue laws were on the books and the WBs wanted it to be open Sundays but Hauge intially refused. But when WBs flew Frank Hauge out to Cali he was impressed and they said that they will build a beautiful grand movie palace and that they did.
It was built before Radio City Music Hall and was the largest and most grand theatre on the East Coast until Radio City was built and till this day it is still second only behind Radio City. The Jehovahs Witnesses bought it in the 80s and restored it beautifully and there are rumors but nothing founded yet that the JC Board of Ed or a theatre company wants to buy it and turn it into a performing arts school which would be great because we lost ours in the 40s and haven't had one since so it would be welcomed and highly deserved considering the established burgeoning arts scene in Jersey City.
Just a touch of the great and important history here in the great and ever growing city of Jersey City.