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Old Guard or Upstart?

Old: The Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre (top); New: Nitehawk Cinema (bottom)  

Cinephile Edens

Old: The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre
It may be on the other side of the Hudson, but the Landmark puts the Ziegfeld to shame. The 83-year-old theater’s majestic Grand Lobby— replete with towering columns, velvet drapery, gilded detailing, and ornate chandeliers—can accommodate 170 guests for dinner and dancing. What’s more: Marrying couples get their names on the old-timey marquee outside. Site fees start at $3,315. 54 Journal Square, at John F. Kennedy Blvd. W., Jersey City, N.J.; 201-798-6055;

New: Nitehawk Cinema
stylish new movie theater in a neighborhood that was desperately in need of one, this three-screen complex opened in June with indie-flick programming and serious food. The rustic-chic lobby-and-bar area is available for receptions, as is one of the adjacent theaters, from which the seats-on-wheels can easily be removed to accommodate a dance floor and band. Nitehawk can host up to 150 for cocktails and dancing, with all catering handled by in-house chef Saul Bolton (of Cobble Hill food-lover mecca Saul). Prices upon request. 136 Metropolitan Ave., nr. Berry St., Williamsburg; 718-384-3980;


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