PATH to Journal Sq. station
Of the five Über-extravagant movie palaces (dubbed “wonder theaters”) built by Loew’s in the New York area, this is the only one still screening films. The self-proclaimed "lavish temple of entertainment" opened in 1929, at the time welcoming legendary acts like Bing Crosby and Duke Ellington in addition to hosting variety shows and screening new movies weekly. After a grassroots movement saved it from demolition in 1993, the theater has undergone a massive cleanup—pigeons had taken roost in the projection booth—and preservation. Located less than a half hour from Herald Square on the PATH, the cavernous, 3,000-seat space has a grand lobby with decorative touches like ornate plaster moldings, portraits, and faux-marble columns. More of the baroque architecture is on display in the seating area, where a spectacular, ornate pipe organ is in plain view to the side of the stage. Though the theater still hosts occasional concerts, plays, and lectures, today it primarily screens old films, from classics to lesser-known gems. Film buffs especially appreciate the studio-grade projectors that run prints from the archives of UCLA, the Library of Congress, and private collectors—all originally released between the twenties and the early nineties.Note
The theatre does not have air-conditioning and is closed to the public every year from May through the third week in September.
For $2,500 to $3,200 the Loew's Jersey will host your fairytale wedding. Capacity is 170 for dinner, 225 for cocktails. Included in the fee is a bit of star treatment: your name and wedding date displayed outside on the theatre's marquee.