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A Temple of Entertainment in New Jersey

By Linda Tancs

Movie palaces arose during the early 20th century, ornate temples of entertainment that offered a respite from the trials and tribulations of everyday life, particularly during the Great Depression.  One of the those palaces is the Loew’s Jersey Theatre in Jersey City, New Jersey, which opened in 1929.  This landmark theatre is one of the last surviving movie palaces of a bygone era, having survived the threat of demolition thanks to a band of concerned citizens.  Now home of the annual Golden Door International Film Festival, the theatre has evolved into an arts center for stage and screen shows as well as private functions.

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