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November to Remember: 3 Memorable Films

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November To Remember

3 Memorable Movies

Presented In Memory of Bob Eberenz*

(See below for explanation)

November 20 & 21
At the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre
A Not-For-Profit Arts Center In a Historic Movie Palace

54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ 07306
Tel: (201) 798-6055

Friday, November 20 at 8PM

"Monsieur Verdoux" -- Starring Charlie Chaplin. Also starring Mady Correll, Isobel Elsom, Audrey Betz, Ada May, Martha Ray. Directed by Charlie Chaplin. (1947, 124mins, B&W) Chaplin called this film his "cleverest and most brilliant", but he is certainly not the familiar Tramp in it. He plays a suave serial killer who makes his living marrying and murdering lonely rich women. Chaplin turned this shocking conceit into a black comedy that seems surprisingly modern to us today -- especially in its presentation of the hypocrisy of societies that damn murder by individuals but praise war.

A rare big screen revival.

Saturday, November 21 at 2PM
"For Whom the Bell Tolls" -- Starring Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Akim Tamiroff, Katina Paxinou. Directed by Sam Wood. (1943, 157mins., Color) Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway, "For Whom the Bell Tolls" is a romantic drama set against the turbulent tapestry of the Spanish Civil War. Though downplaying the extreme ideological aspects of the war (which Hollywood found uncomfortable), the film is otherwise largely faithful to Hemingway's writing and boasts excellent performances, torrid love scenes, and first-rate Technicolor photography.

Screened in a restored, archival print from UCLA.

Saturday, November 21 at 7:30PM
"Forbidden Planet" -- Starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen. Directed by Fred Wilcox. (1956, 98mins, Color, CinemaScope)
One of the most famous science fiction movies ever made. A pre-comedy Leslie Nielsen as a space traveler who discovers the planet where expatriate Earth-man Pidgeon has built a one-man empire with his daughter and the iconic Robby the Robot. Great special effects for the day, the film also boasted lavish use of the wide-screen CinemaScope and MGM's early form of stereo called Perspecta.

A rare chance to enjoy this CinemaScope masterpiece on the Loew's 50 foot W-I-D-E screen.


Separate Admission for each screening is just $6 for adults, $4 for seniors (65+), children (12 & younger) and students with ID.

OR -- Combo Discounts available for multiple screenings over the weekend.


High res images for each film are available for download at (If this link does not work, copy and paste it in your browser.)

Go to this page, click on the thumbnail image you are interested in, then when it refreshes click on the "All Sizes" icon that appears above the image. This will take you to a page where you can choose the size photo file you want and download it. These images are provided to media outlets courtesy of Photofest, Inc. for use in illustrating listings and features about films at the Loew's Jersey. If you have trouble downloading the image you want, call (201) 798-6055.

The Loew's Is Easy To Get To: The Loew's Jersey Theatre, at 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ, is directly across JFK Boulevard from the JSQ PATH Center with trains to and from Lower and Midtown Manhattan and Newark's Penn Station, is minutes from the NJ Turnpike & easily reached by car or mass transit from throughout the Metro Area.

Discount off-street parking is available in Square Ramp Garage adjoining the Loew's. Patrons must validate their parking ticket before leaving the Loew's.

What's Special About Seeing A Movie At The Loew's? The Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre is one of America's grandest surviving Movie Palaces. We show movies the way they were meant to be seen: in a grandly ornate setting -- on our BIG 50 ft wide screen! The Loew's runs reel-to-reel, not platter, projection, which often allows us to screen an archival or studio vault print that is the best available copy of a movie title.

The Loew's Jersey is managed by Friends of the Loew's, Inc. as a non-profit, multi-discipline performing arts center.

For directions or more information: Call (201) 798-6055 or visit

Press inquiries call Colin Egan at (201) 798-6055 or CEL (201) 344-7477. Or email

Classic Film Weekends are presented by Friends of the Loew's, Inc.

Robert Eberenz
Chief Technical Director of the Loew's
1996 - 2008

* Bob Eberenz was an Academy Award winning film and sound engineer who worked on the production of many movies, including "Monsieur Verdoux". Additionally, Bob recorded concerts and performers for some of the greatest albums ever released -- including the Beatles at Shea Stadium -- and worked to design and install cutting-edge equipment for making and presenting movies. Among his many accomplishments in this area, Bob re-built the White House theatre during the Carter Presidency, and was a lead engineer in the development of MGM's "Perspecta Sound", an early form of stereo used in the making of "Forbidden Planet" as well as several hundred other films. Bob was also a very active member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, where he worked to advance the techniques and the appreciation of the art of movie making. Bob worked closely on various Academy projects with the daughter of Hollywood great Gary Cooper, who starred in "For Whom the Bell Tolls."

From 1996 until his passing in 2008, Bob was the Chief Technical Director of the Loew's Jersey. When the Loew's was closed and readied for demolition in 1986, ALL of the Theatre's equipment for showing movies was either removed or destroyed. In fact, the Projection Booth was left open to the elements and became a pigeon coop! As a volunteer, Bob took on the Herculean task of completely rebuilding the Loew's capability to show movies. What he did was to give the Loew's an archive-quality projection booth that allows us to screen the best prints available from studio vaults, archives and collectors. Bob also did many other things to help restore the Loew's, including making the Theatre's organ and stage lifts work again, reviving the Theater's historic 1929 stage lighting system, and installing modern sound mixing equipment.

In truth, EVERY time a movie is shown at the Loew's, it is a tribute to Bob Eberenz's skill and dedication. But Friends of the Loew's gratefully dedicates this particular series to Bob's memory. We miss him greatly.

Posted on: 2009/10/30 19:55

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