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« Reply #124 on: 06-27-2014, 11:47am »
As the RFP states the JCEDC will maintain control on behalf of the city and AEG must be in full compliance at all times.

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Seems to me that a lot of the cost/risk is falling on the public's shoulders, and in the end we are giving away control to a private company for three decades.


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« Reply #123 on: 06-27-2014, 10:37am »
So, the city is going to gather together $30-40 million (according to WSJ) to renovate the theater, a combination of private and public money. That is quite an impressive feat. I hope the bond portion doesn't become a nightmare, like the bond for the Golden Door Charter School site is now.

So AEG Live will be contributing $3.5 million to renovation and $350,000 a year, over thirty years, for a total of $10.5 million to the city. That may be the largest bid by the operating companies, but my question is, is this a good deal for the city?

Fulop complains about the Port Authority paying PILOTs that were set in the 1960s; how do you think the mayor of Jersey City in 2039 (never mind the rest of us) will feel about AEG Live paying rent that was locked in twenty-five years ago?

Seems to me that a lot of the cost/risk is falling on the public's shoulders, and in the end we are giving away control to a private company for three decades.
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Concert promoter AEG set to take over Jersey City's Loew's theater
By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal
on June 27, 2014 at 3:01 AM

AEG Live, one of the globe's largest concert promoters, is set to win a contract to take over management of the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre in Jersey City, and the firm pledges to bring "top talent" to the Journal Square theater.

A city official said AEG offered "far and away" the largest bid to run the venue, saying it would pay $350,000 annually to rent the city-owned theater for 30 years and contribute $3.5 million toward renovation of the 85-year-old former movie palace.

The deal is set to be finalized at a special meeting of the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency on Tuesday, the anniversary of Mayor Steve Fulop's first year in office.

Mark Schulman, an AEG executive vice president, said the firm hopes to make the Loew's "a hub for the entire area." Programming should begin in late 2015, after renovations are complete, according to Schulman.

The city expects it will cost more than $30 million to renovate the Loew's, a sum the city plans to pay for with a mixture of private donations, grants, bonding and tax credits. A city official told The Jersey Journal AEG's proposed lease payments would cover the cost of any amount taxpayers will have to borrow.

Fulop called AEG's proposal "a significant financial commitment.

"The city will stop losing money on the Loew's and the city will 100 percent retain ownership of the Loew's," Fulop told The Jersey Journal. "This is just an important step in bringing back Journal Square as the heart of the city"

AEG, which will partner with New Jersey City University and Mana Contemporary to offer 40 community events annually, was competing with Live Nation, Ace Theatrical Group and local firm Catch a Rising Star.

Ace is set to win the bid to renovate the Loew's.

By picking an outside management firm, the city is booting out Friends of the Loew's (FOL), a local nonprofit that has managed the theater since at least 2004. The group helped save the Loew's from a wrecking ball in 1995. Colin Egan, who runs FOL, said the city is making a poor decision bringing in AEG.

"At best, it'll be a commercial concert venue, not an arts center," Egan said.

FOL sued Jersey City after Fulop announced he wanted a new management firm to take over, with FOL claiming it has a lease making it the theater's managers. Earlier this month, a judge sided with Jersey City, which said there is no current lease.

Egan said FOL will appeal.

Mana Contemporary is part of the Moishe Mana empire. Companies controlled by Mana donated at least $2,125 in 2010 and 2011 to Fulop's mayoral bid.

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Jersey City Taps AEG Live to Manage Loew's, Announces Theater Overhaul
Landmark Venue Hopes to Compete with Manhattan Music Halls, Rejuvenate Journal Square
By Josh Dawsey
Updated June 26, 2014 11:02 p.m. ET

One of the country's biggest entertainment companies is set to manage the Loew's Jersey Theatre in Jersey City, an important step in the effort to turn the aging venue into a gem of the state's second-biggest city.

On Thursday, city officials said that AEG Live, a company that books talent and manages venues nationwide, will manage the Loew's Jersey Theatre and that the city will spend about $30 million to $40 million to overhaul the theater.

The renovation plan calls for closing the theater sometime this year and reopening it by late 2015 or early 2016.

The theater, once among the state's most opulent, opened in 1929 when the city had several movie houses. The palatial space was long a venue for watching films; in recent years, the theater has become a home for film and photography shoots.

Updating the venue would give Jersey City a chance to compete for big performers with halls such the Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan and the Wellmont Theater in Montclair.

"This will be our first signature trophy entity for the cultural arts," said Mayor Steven Fulop. "It's something Jersey City has never had, a cultural arts hub that anchors the community."

The Jersey City Redevelopment Agency is expected to approve the arrangement on Tuesday night.

Jersey City taxpayers will fund much of the renovations, but private donations, tax credits and some improvements by AEG will be part of the mix, officials said.

Mr. Fulop said Jersey City doesn't see the project as a moneymaker but a chance to attract more residents and visitors.

AEG will pay $350,000 a year for the 30-year lease, which requires AEG to book at least 20 national acts a year, stage dance and comedy shows and at least 30 community events. The contract doesn't define which performers count as "national acts."

Performers from across the country would now come to Jersey City, said Mark Shulman, a senior vice president for AEG.

"Right now, a lot of those kinds of shows may be going further south into New Jersey or into Manhattan," he said. "It's a tremendous opportunity." Mr. Shulman said AEG is betting on the theater spurring development around the Journal Square PATH stop.

"We believe that's where it's heading," he said.

Loew's "is a stunning, really beautiful piece of architecture with great bones," said David Anderson, the chief executive of Ace Theatrical, the company under contract to renovate the theater. But the stage is in terrible shape, and the building needs new bathrooms, new seats, new carpet and a renovated roof, he said.

The city also received bids from LiveNation and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center to manage the facility. A spokesman for LiveNation declined to comment. "We were certainly looking forward to the opportunity to extend our work and arts education further into Jersey City," said John Schreiber, the president and CEO of NJPAC.

Mr. Fulop's move disappointed the Friends of the Loew's, the nonprofit group that made hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs and once had a lease for $1 per year to run the theater. Mr. Fulop has often been at odds with the group.

"It will inevitably become a commercial concert hall," said Colin Egan, the group's director. "The purpose of the restoration is for the theater to be a true arts center, not for commercial pop programming with other programming as the afterthought."

Mr. Egan said he wants more discussions with the city before an overhaul happens. The city says the contract will allow for up to 20 events sponsored privately by the Friends of the Loew's.

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Re: Loew's Jersey Theatre
« Reply #120 on: 06-14-2014, 05:37pm »
Full disclosure. I was appointed to the FOL
as a Board Trustee last fall by the Mayor.
Myself and Rekha Nadwani were both asked to recuse
ourselves from meeting where board voted
to sue city.

In the meantime, I called AEC and ask they
participate in the RFP. They flew eight or 10
of their people in and have spent more time
in going over every inch of Loew's than any
other participant. AEC has done more historical
preservation of theaters in American then any
other company in the world. Go to their site to
see what venues they have done or are in
process of restoring including the twin to our
Loew's in Brookyn underway now.

AEC has also partnered with both NJCU and
NJPAC and will also work with FOL and other
groups for community events.

AEC also runs profitably every venue they
book programming for in the country.

Mayor Fulop has put in place the only way
that the Loew's will be fully preserved,
restored and a plethora of both community
and national programming will take place
in perpetuity

I really hope ACE Theatrical Group gets this. Loews Kings Theatre is nearly identical to Loews Jersey and they are doing the restoration on that theater.

http://www.nycedc.com/project/loews-kings-theatre


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Re: Loew's Jersey Theatre
« Reply #119 on: 06-14-2014, 03:08pm »
Gentle Readers, Let us all hope who ever gets this contract incorporates a significant amount of time, money and space for film, film preservation, film classes and workshops. This is the Loew's history after all, and film is one of the defining genres of the 20th century.

We need an art film house if Jersey City is ever going to be taken seriously for the quality of its artistic community.


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« Reply #118 on: 06-12-2014, 12:31pm »
I really hope ACE Theatrical Group gets this. Loews Kings Theatre is nearly identical to Loews Jersey and they are doing the restoration on that theater.

http://www.nycedc.com/project/loews-kings-theatre

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:fulop: 's Facebook message on yesterday's decision:

"the last 5 mayors of jc have all been very different, we all agreed on three things with regards to the Loews Theatre in Jersey City

1) when looking at the data that it is crucial to have professional management to optimize chances success since we will be using taxpayer dollars

2) a 3000 seat major venue in jersey city is crucial to bringing back journal square so renovation/investment is important

3) the Friends of Loews organization has been crucial and we should try to find a meaningful role for their involvement but still execute on points 1, 2.

Our administration is the first to follow through on this despite political pressure not too and I am excited with the court ruling yesterday. It is a major step forward for the city . "




Judge rules in favor of Jersey City in Landmark Loew's management suit
By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal
on June 12, 2014 at 8:30 AM

A Hudson County judge has thrown out a lawsuit brought against Jersey City by the nonprofit group that manages the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre, paving the way for Mayor Steve Fulop's plan to bring in a high-profile concert promoter to run the former movie palace.

In a six-page decision filed on June 4 and released yesterday, Superior Court Judge Hector R. Velazquez ruled that there is no valid lease between the Friends of the Loew's and the city that would stop Fulop from pushing the nonprofit out in favor of another management team.

FOL contends that in 2009 it renewed a five-year lease to manage the city-owned theater, but the city argued to the court that the document is void because the City Council never ratified FOL's request for a lease renewal. In his ruling, Velazquez sides with the city.

"Today was a great decision for returning Journal Square to its glory," said city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill. "If millions of taxpayer dollars are to be invested into the theater, we must ensure we have the most professional team responsible for taxpayer assets, and we are thankful the court agreed." Morrill added that the city "hopes" to involve FOL in the process in the future.

Colin Egan, who heads FOL, said he and the nonprofit's attorney are reviewing Velazquez's decision to see if there's basis for an appeal.

With Velazquez's ruling, the city can move ahead with its plan to find a new theater operator for the Loew's. It had been barred from doing so until Velazquez ruled.

The city began seeking an outside operator in February, infuriating the FOL, which believed after Fulop's election last year that it would be a part of the theater's revitalization. The mayor contends he asked FOL to help draft the city's request for outside operators or to bid on the proposal itself.

In March, FOL filed suit, saying the city was in breach of its lease with the nonprofit, a lease FOL said provided the group with exclusive rights to manage the theater. FOL alleges the city reneged on its promise to help find funding to restore the Loew's.

On May 1, the city announced that two of the world's biggest concert promoters, Live Nation and A.E.G., submitted proposals to run the theater. A city official said the city could pick a new management team in the next two weeks.

The Loew's opened in 1929 and was saved from a wrecking ball in 1986 when the city purchased it.

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Dispute clouds future of Jersey City movie palace
« Reply #116 on: 05-27-2014, 02:00pm »
Dispute clouds future of Jersey City movie palace
BY DAVID PORTER
Associated Press
May 24, 2014

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — A majestic movie palace that dates back to the Great Depression is being viewed as a possible key to Jersey City's economic future.

For now, the Loew's Jersey Theatre is in the middle of a tug of war between the nonprofit that runs it and city officials who want to bring in a major concert promoter with the hope of revitalizing an underdeveloped area in New Jersey's second-largest city.

The Loew's, one of five palatial "wonder theaters" built in the New York area in the baroque style of European opera houses, has sat in the middle of Journal Square since 1929, when it opened weeks before the stock market crash. Divided up into a multiplex and eventually boarded up in the 1980s, it's been operated since the 1990s by Friends of the Loew's, which presents movies and performances by local groups.

Friends of the Loew's has gone to court and claimed the city has reneged on an agreement requiring it to solicit funding over the years for much-needed renovations. This month, a judge allowed the city's bidding process to go forward, and last week, city planners heard presentations from four groups including AEG Live and Live Nation, two of the world's largest music and entertainment promoters.

The city envisions the theater as the crown jewel of a Journal Square renaissance. Mayor Steven Fulop noted recently that the area, with its major thoroughfares and PATH rail station, was considered the city's heart before an unprecedented building boom over the last 15 years moved the focus east toward downtown and the waterfront.

"Everybody sees this as being the cultural hub of the city," he said. "The goal is to get this back to being that."

Recently, Fulop adjusted the city's tax abatement policies to give companies more incentive to build, buy or relocate to Journal Square. Since then, five new office towers have been approved to be built over the next several years, and two office buildings have been purchased and will be converted into apartments, according to city officials. All are planned to have street-level stores and restaurants.

Friends of the Loew's' involvement in the theater is said to date back to the day in 1987 when Colin Egan, now the group's executive director, was stopped at a traffic light and noticed the theater he had visited as a youth was boarded up. After years of fighting to save the building from being torn down, Egan and others managed to fix it up enough to hold small events in the lobby and then in the theater proper.

Today, the city estimates the approximately 3,000-seat theater will need about $21 million in renovations to be able to host major acts. For example, the balcony needs repairs to address fire code issues.

The city claims Egan's nonprofit is running the theater at a loss and has done little fundraising; Egan claims the city had the chance to get funding for the renovations but failed to do so, in violation of a 2004 agreement.

Egan also is skeptical that a large concert promoter would be able to put on enough events to defray the cost of the renovations.

"The mayor seems to think if you bring in a major promotion company, it will bring in a heavy schedule of concerts, but those entities often are interested more in controlling the theater and keeping the competition out," he said. "Also, it's not clear if funding for the renovations is going to be provided by these companies."

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Egan's arguements are both a false dichotomy and strawman arguements. There's no exclusion from ANY type of programming, especially that which FOL has not been able to produce in the past.

Boggiano thinks the Loew's is part of his Ward C fiefdom when in fact it is a JC city-wide jewel and will become a NJ State and regional historical and community asset.

Now with FoL's response. :boggiano: too



Live Nation and A.E.G. vie to restore Landmark Loew's in Jersey City
By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal
on May 02, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Live Nation and A.E.G. Live, the world’s biggest concert promoters, are among the companies that hope to restore and manage the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre in Jersey City, city officials yesterday told The Jersey Journal.

The two are among four bidders for the controversial project, which Mayor Steve Fulop thinks will help revitalize the Journal Square section of Jersey City, which the Loew’s has called home for 85 years.

Ace Theatrical Group, which is restoring the Loew’s Kings Theater in Brooklyn, and Catch Holdings are the other two firms hoping to transform the former movie palace into a world-class entertainment venue.

“The restoration of the Loew’s Theatre is one of the most important projects we are undertaking as an administration, as it is both central to the revitalization of Journal Square and the expansion of our cultural arts community,” Fulop said in a statement released by his spokeswoman.

But Colin Egan, director of the Friends of the Loew’s (FOL), the nonprofit that has been managing the theater, told The Jersey Journal yesterday that while he believes concert promoters like Live Nation have a role to play in revitalizing the Loew’s, they shouldn’t “run the place.”

“This will not give Jersey City the kind of rounded, cultural institution that cities as diverse as Red Bank, New Jersey, Cleveland, Ohio, Atlanta, Georgia, and Schenectady, New York, all have, and which Jersey City deserves,” Egan said.

Egan added that he fears if a for-profit company takes over, the Loew’s will become simply a “pop-concert palace,” as opposed to a multidimensional, nonprofit arts center.


Each bidder plans to partner with smaller groups — such as Newark’s New Jersey Performance Arts Center, Mana Fine Arts in Jersey City and New Jersey City University — to create a community programming component.

The legendary 3,000-seat theater opened in 1929, and for decades featured live entertainment and movie showings. Its doors shut in 1986 after years of declining attendance.

In 1993, the city agreed to purchase the theater, saving it from demolition, and the facility remains city property. Since then, it has been the location of performances by local theatrical and music groups, as well as regular old-movie showings.

FOL is suing the city over Fulop’s plan to bring in new management. FOL claims the city has breached its contract with the FOL, while Fulop argues that the theater needs new blood to help it succeed. The two sides are due to meet in court next week.

FOL has rented the space from the city for a nominal $1 annually, though the city contends the lease FOL had with the city is no longer valid.

The city is creating a seven-member committee to review the four proposals. Its members include Bob Sommer, the mayor’s communications guru and a former Prudential Center executive; Brian Platt, a mayoral aide; City Councilwoman Diane Coleman; Mike McNamara, president of Fourth Street Arts; local public school arts teacher Heidi Curko and; and Romana Jaroff, a Jersey City resident and a top executive with IMG Artists.

Rich Boggiano, who represents Journal Square on the City Council, is miffed he wasn’t included in the committee.

“This is a top-secret administration,” said Boggiano, who has a chilly relationship with Fulop. “This should have Ward C council member’s involvement, no one else ... I’ve just about had it with them.”

FOL wouldn’t be entirely shut out of the process if the city goes ahead with its plan. The theater’s new managers would be required to set aside 20 days per year for FOL programming.


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« Reply #114 on: 05-02-2014, 09:14am »
Egan's comments don't seem to recognize the facts in how the RFP specifically defines a minimum of specific event types and organizations -- beyond the 20 days for FoL alone.  Per Gothamist (http://gothamist.com/2014/05/01/photos_bidders_vie_to_restore_stunn.php):

1) At least thirty (30) community/local performances/events (sponsored and/or
produced by local community groups or other City residents), which include but are
not limited to school/youth programs, programs for senior citizens, performances
from local artists, lectures or other academic programs, or cultural celebrations

2) At least twenty (20) musical performances by nationally recognized artists

3) At least ten (10) theatrical or other stage performances

4) At least ten (10) comedy performances

5) At least twenty (20) other performances/events (may include event types listed
above)

6) Allowance for twenty (20) events to be sponsored and produced privately by the
Friends of the Loew’s Inc. community group

7) Allowance for private event booking only during times in which the facility is not
reserved for any of the types of events listed above

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Now with FoL's response. :boggiano: too



Live Nation and A.E.G. vie to restore Landmark Loew's in Jersey City
By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal
on May 02, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Live Nation and A.E.G. Live, the world’s biggest concert promoters, are among the companies that hope to restore and manage the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre in Jersey City, city officials yesterday told The Jersey Journal.

The two are among four bidders for the controversial project, which Mayor Steve Fulop thinks will help revitalize the Journal Square section of Jersey City, which the Loew’s has called home for 85 years.

Ace Theatrical Group, which is restoring the Loew’s Kings Theater in Brooklyn, and Catch Holdings are the other two firms hoping to transform the former movie palace into a world-class entertainment venue.

“The restoration of the Loew’s Theatre is one of the most important projects we are undertaking as an administration, as it is both central to the revitalization of Journal Square and the expansion of our cultural arts community,” Fulop said in a statement released by his spokeswoman.

But Colin Egan, director of the Friends of the Loew’s (FOL), the nonprofit that has been managing the theater, told The Jersey Journal yesterday that while he believes concert promoters like Live Nation have a role to play in revitalizing the Loew’s, they shouldn’t “run the place.”

“This will not give Jersey City the kind of rounded, cultural institution that cities as diverse as Red Bank, New Jersey, Cleveland, Ohio, Atlanta, Georgia, and Schenectady, New York, all have, and which Jersey City deserves,” Egan said.

Egan added that he fears if a for-profit company takes over, the Loew’s will become simply a “pop-concert palace,” as opposed to a multidimensional, nonprofit arts center.


Each bidder plans to partner with smaller groups — such as Newark’s New Jersey Performance Arts Center, Mana Fine Arts in Jersey City and New Jersey City University — to create a community programming component.

The legendary 3,000-seat theater opened in 1929, and for decades featured live entertainment and movie showings. Its doors shut in 1986 after years of declining attendance.

In 1993, the city agreed to purchase the theater, saving it from demolition, and the facility remains city property. Since then, it has been the location of performances by local theatrical and music groups, as well as regular old-movie showings.

FOL is suing the city over Fulop’s plan to bring in new management. FOL claims the city has breached its contract with the FOL, while Fulop argues that the theater needs new blood to help it succeed. The two sides are due to meet in court next week.

FOL has rented the space from the city for a nominal $1 annually, though the city contends the lease FOL had with the city is no longer valid.

The city is creating a seven-member committee to review the four proposals. Its members include Bob Sommer, the mayor’s communications guru and a former Prudential Center executive; Brian Platt, a mayoral aide; City Councilwoman Diane Coleman; Mike McNamara, president of Fourth Street Arts; local public school arts teacher Heidi Curko and; and Romana Jaroff, a Jersey City resident and a top executive with IMG Artists.

Rich Boggiano, who represents Journal Square on the City Council, is miffed he wasn’t included in the committee.

“This is a top-secret administration,” said Boggiano, who has a chilly relationship with Fulop. “This should have Ward C council member’s involvement, no one else ... I’ve just about had it with them.”

FOL wouldn’t be entirely shut out of the process if the city goes ahead with its plan. The theater’s new managers would be required to set aside 20 days per year for FOL programming.

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Re: Loew's Jersey Theatre
« Reply #112 on: 05-01-2014, 03:58pm »
Respondents to Loew’s RFP include Community Based and National organizations; RFP Committee Selected with Members of the Community to Participate

Mayor Steven M. Fulop and the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency today announced that a total of four bids were received for the restoration and management of the historic Loew’s Jersey Theatre in Journal Square.

The respondents included:
1) AEG Live/Mana Fine Arts/NJCU
2) Ace Theatrical group/ NJPAC/ NJCU
3) Catch Holdings LLC
4) Live Nation/Jones Lang LaSalle

Live Nation and AEG are the two largest music venue management companies in the world, ACE Theatrical Group is currently designated by the City of New York restoring the Loew’s Kings Theatre in Brooklyn and is a nationally-renowned theatrical management and development firm, while NJ Performance Arts Center in Newark, Mana Fine Arts in Jersey City, and NJCU in Jersey City have all responded for the community programming component of the RFP.

Each respondent provided in addition 20 designated performance days to be administered by the Friends of the Loew’s in Jersey City. Additionally, the Mayor and the JCRA announced the formation of an RFP Review Committee that includes members of the community to analyze the proposals.

“The RFP process is proceeding exactly as we had hoped with world renowned companies responding while partnering with terrific community organizations to make sure that Jersey City residents have a top notch facility for everyone.” said Mayor Fulop. “The restoration of the Loew’s Theatre is one of the most important projects we are undertaking as an administration, as it is both central to the revitalization of Journal Square and the xpansion of our cultural arts community.”

The renovations to the Jersey City Loew’s will restore the aesthetic and historic appeal while also allowing the maximum operating capacity and acceptable level of safety for all patrons.

The Loew's first opened in 1929, the Loew’s seats 3,021 and features an ornate lobby. In 1986, the theatre was closed and sold to a developer who planned to demolish the building, however local preservationists led by the Friends of the Loews ultimately saved the theatre, which is listed on the National Historic Register. The City of Jersey City purchased the Loew’s Theatre in 1993 and the Friends of the Loew’s was granted the task of restoring the theater. Currently, the Friends of the Loew’s shows a few dozen events annually which includes mostly silent film screenings and other private events.

Earlier this year, the JCRA announced a public, fair and open solicitation of proposals for companies for the management and restoration of the facility, with RFP submissions being due April 9, 2014.

The JCRA and the administration have formed a committee that will represent the interests of the City and the community.

The seven-member committee includes two JCRA representatives, two city officials, and three community members. The committee members are: Chris Fiore, Acting Director of the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency, Diane Coleman, Ward F Councilwoman and JCRA Board Member, Brian Platt, Policy Analyst to the Mayor, Bob Sommer, Senior Advisor to the Mayor and former Prudential Center executive, Mike McNamara, President of Fourth Street Arts, Heidi Curko, a teaching artist in the Jersey City Public Schools, and Romana Jaroff, a Jersey City resident and Senior Vice President with IMG Artists.

“We are excited to advance this project and are committed to an open and transparent process that engages the community,” said Mayor Fulop. “The committee we have comprised includes community stakeholders with both an understanding of Jersey City and the arts, culture and entertainment industry.”

The committee will begin reviewing the paper proposals this week and will then arrange for all qualified respondents to provide an in-person presentation and question and answer session in order to gather all necessary information from each qualified respondent. The committee hopes to complete the analysis of all proposals and submit a recommendation to the JCRA Board by the end of May.

The City of Jersey City’s is aligned with the mission of the Friends of the Loew’s which is to complete a full historic restoration of the facility and return the energy, excitement, and glory to the Theatre and Journal Square. The City will maintain ownership of the theatre, but lease the facility and the respondent designated as the redeveloper for the facility would complete the full historic restoration.

The RFP calls for the expansion of the current community programming lineup to include a higher volume and greater diversity of programming such as national and international touring music, theater, comedy, dance, and other stage performances.

“We hope to maintain a relationship with the Friends of the Loew’s so they can continue the community programming they have provided, such as the silent film screenings and local community performances,” said Mayor Fulop. “We commend the Friends of the Loews for the work they have done to date to save the theatre from imminent demolition and for their countless volunteer hours, recognizing their work for the facility and the community.”
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World's biggest concert promoters vie to restore classic Loew's in Jersey City
By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal
on May 01, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Live Nation and A.E.G. Live, the world’s biggest concert promoters, are among the companies that hope to restore and manage the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre in Jersey City, city officials tell The Jersey Journal.

The two are among four bidders for the controversial project, which Mayor Steve Fulop thinks will help revitalize the Journal Square section of Jersey City, which the Loew’s has called home for 85 years.

Ace Theatrical Group, which is restoring the Loew's Kings Theater in Brooklyn, and Catch Holdings are the other two firms hoping to transform the former movie palace into a world-class entertainment venue.

“The restoration of the Loew’s Theatre is one of the most important projects we are undertaking as an administration, as it is both central to the revitalization of Journal Square and the expansion of our cultural arts community,” Fulop said in a statement released by his spokeswoman.

Each bidder plans to partner with smaller groups – such as Newark's New Jersey Performance Arts Center, Mana Fine Arts in Jersey City and New Jersey City University – to create a community programming component.

The legendary 3,000-seat theater opened in 1929, and for decades featured live entertainment and movie showings. Its doors shut in 1986 after years of declining attendance.

In 1993, the city agreed to purchase the theater, saving it from demolition, and the facility remains city property. Since then, it has been the location of performances by local theatrical and music groups, as well as regular old-movie showings.

The Friends of the Loew’s (FOL), a nonprofit group that handles most the theater’s programming, is suing the city over Fulop’s plan to bring in new management. FOL claims the city has breached its contract with the FOL, while Fulop argues that the theater needs new blood to help it succeed. The two sides are due to meet in court next week.

FOL, which could not immediately be reached to comment on today’s development, rents the space from the city for a nominal $1 annually.

The city is creating a seven-member committee to review the four proposals. Its members include Bob Sommer, the mayor’s communications guru; Brian Platt, a mayoral aide; City Councilwoman Diane Coleman; and members of the city’s art community, including Mike McNamara, president of Fourth Street Arts.

FOL wouldn't be entirely shut out of the process if the city goes ahead with its plan. The theater's new managers would be required to set aside 20 days per year for FOL programming.

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« Reply #110 on: 03-27-2014, 07:34am »
HAS THE "FOL" MOVED SLOWLY IN BRING THE THEATER UP TO ITS POTENTIAL? YES! BUT MANY VARIABLES MUST BE CONSIDERED BEFORE CONDEMNING THE "FOL". MONEY, POLITICAL INPUT, AREA AND THE PEOPLE. SAD TO SAY. I FEAR FULOP GETTING INVOLVED AT THIS TIME. IF THE SQUARE WAS A WORLD CLASS TRANSPORTATION HUB AS IT ONCE WAS FOR HUDSON COUNTY THEN YES. BUT IN MY OPINION. NO ONE IN THERE RIGHT MIND WOULD INVEST  THERE WITHOUT THE SURROUNDING AREA SUPPORTING IT...  FILTH - DRUGS - EMPTY STORES -LOTS. SORRY TO SEE MY ONCE GREAT SQUARE AREA IN SHAMBLES.   
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« Reply #109 on: 03-26-2014, 09:55pm »
Gracious knows, this isn't much I know about. But shouldn't the hiring out be done in two separate steps? Being able to run and book entertainment doesn't mean you can successfully renovate and restore an old, beautiful movie palace. Accurately renovating and restoring an old movie palace doesn't mean you'll be good at booking acts that will enhance the cultural scene of Jersey City. I must say I'm not all that impressed with NJ PAC

And a 30 yr. lease is a long time to be tied to any company. I don't like tax abatements that last that long. Why not try out several companies at a year or two a piece for booking and then give them more reasonable time contracts. Why not give smaller companies like Art House productions and Nimbus Dance works a chance to bid or a coalition of them to bid? Why does the renovation have to be tied to the business side? Where is historic district in all this?

And as we've seen with tax abatements, once the process is over it'll be too late to ...artfully complain.  I confess, that makes me uneasy.


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« Reply #108 on: 03-26-2014, 03:37pm »
Does the RFP give guidance on how they will rate the proposals? I wonder if the city will make public how they rated each proposal.



Wait till the process is over then bitch. :pint:


:| You mean when the city has inked a 30-year deal with Live Nation? Yeah, no, I will reserve my right to bitch now, thanks. :D

If you are on the board, WTF has been going on? Why hasn't FOL been more transparent? Where isn't there a public declaration of who is on the board? The information on the website is pretty impenetrable. Does the board have any governing power over Colin and Pattie? Who approved their salaries?

I am all for new management. I want the Loews to have sprinklers and air conditioning, and doing 200+ events a year. And I want to see it pay for itself. However, I don't want it to be just another box on the balance sheet of MSG or Live Nation, I would rather it stay shuttered for a better day than have that.


The only problem is that they're the only group left that does that sort of promotion and type of facility management. What other company would you suggest for running the place? I agree Live Nation and TM are a bunch of monopolistic bastards, but they won and are the only game in town the country. This argument would've worked better before they took over and there was another option.


Really? When Fulop was campaigning against Healy, he made reference that this could be "our NJPAC." Going from that to your position that companies like Live Nation and MSG are "the only game in town" is sad.

Is there a list of companies that submitted RFPs?

I wonder how this is going:

Wow. A developer might be doing a $70 million reno on the Loew's King Theater in Brooklyn. They're a few steps behind JC, but if this happens, it will be glorious.

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Oh, here's their website: http://www.nycedc.com/project/loews-kings-theatre

For all we know, our Loew's will follow in similar footsteps. But we don't know much at this point.
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« Reply #107 on: 03-26-2014, 11:52am »
Wait till the process is over then bitch. :pint:


:| You mean when the city has inked a 30-year deal with Live Nation? Yeah, no, I will reserve my right to bitch now, thanks. :D

If you are on the board, WTF has been going on? Why hasn't FOL been more transparent? Where isn't there a public declaration of who is on the board? The information on the website is pretty impenetrable. Does the board have any governing power over Colin and Pattie? Who approved their salaries?

I am all for new management. I want the Loews to have sprinklers and air conditioning, and doing 200+ events a year. And I want to see it pay for itself. However, I don't want it to be just another box on the balance sheet of MSG or Live Nation, I would rather it stay shuttered for a better day than have that.


The only problem is that they're the only group left that does that sort of promotion and type of facility management. What other company would you suggest for running the place? I agree Live Nation and TM are a bunch of monopolistic bastards, but they won and are the only game in town the country. This argument would've worked better before they took over and there was another option.


Really? When Fulop was campaigning against Healy, he made reference that this could be "our NJPAC." Going from that to your position that companies like Live Nation and MSG are "the only game in town" is sad.

Is there a list of companies that submitted RFPs?

I wonder how this is going:

Wow. A developer might be doing a $70 million reno on the Loew's King Theater in Brooklyn. They're a few steps behind JC, but if this happens, it will be glorious.

At a Neglected Movie Palace, Cobwebs Are Given Notice


Oh, here's their website: http://www.nycedc.com/project/loews-kings-theatre

For all we know, our Loew's will follow in similar footsteps. But we don't know much at this point.
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« Reply #106 on: 03-26-2014, 11:46am »
Wait till the process is over then bitch. :pint:

:| You mean when the city has inked a 30-year deal with Live Nation? Yeah, no, I will reserve my right to bitch now, thanks. :D

If you are on the board, WTF has been going on? Why hasn't FOL been more transparent? Where isn't there a public declaration of who is on the board? The information on the website is pretty impenetrable. Does the board have any governing power over Colin and Pattie? Who approved their salaries?

I am all for new management. I want the Loews to have sprinklers and air conditioning, and doing 200+ events a year. And I want to see it pay for itself. However, I don't want it to be just another box on the balance sheet of MSG or Live Nation, I would rather it stay shuttered for a better day than have that.

The only problem is that they're the only group left that does that sort of promotion and type of facility management. What other company would you suggest for running the place? I agree Live Nation and TM are a bunch of monopolistic bastards, but they won and are the only game in town the country. This argument would've worked better before they took over and there was another option.
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« Reply #105 on: 03-26-2014, 10:12am »
Wait till the process is over then bitch. :pint:

:| You mean when the city has inked a 30-year deal with Live Nation? Yeah, no, I will reserve my right to bitch now, thanks. :D

If you are on the board, WTF has been going on? Why hasn't FOL been more transparent? Where isn't there a public declaration of who is on the board? The information on the website is pretty impenetrable. Does the board have any governing power over Colin and Pattie? Who approved their salaries?

I am all for new management. I want the Loews to have sprinklers and air conditioning, and doing 200+ events a year. And I want to see it pay for itself. However, I don't want it to be just another box on the balance sheet of MSG or Live Nation, I would rather it stay shuttered for a better day than have that.
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« Reply #104 on: 03-26-2014, 09:34am »
Decent re-cap from the JC Independent:

Landmark Loew’s Theatre Faces Uncertain Future
By Laryssa Wirstiuk • Mar 17th, 2014

How does one save a dying dinosaur? Often described as such, the Loew’s Jersey Theatre is a former movie palace located in Journal Square. Since 1986, when the Loew’s officially closed its doors, Jersey City and the Friends of the Loew’s (FOL), a non-profit organization that’s been caring for and improving the theatre for three decades, have been struggling to return it to it’s full operating potential. To do so will cost more than $20 million.

Opened in 1929, the Loew’s once embodied old Hollywood glamour with its polished brass doors, state-of-the-art lighting, seats for more than 3,000 guests, ornate lobby, 82-foot-wide stage, and projection booth equipped with VitaPhone sound-on-disk projectors. It was one of the most impressive theatres of its time.

In early February, Mayor Steven Fulop and the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA) issued a request for proposal (RFP), calling for developers and entertainment management companies to submit proposals for the management and restoration of the Loew’s. The process began in August 2013, and the city met with the FOL in September. Two dates in February were specified as days when interested parties could tour the theatre.

FOL founders Colin Egan and Patricia Giordan are two passionate community organizers who, by all accounts, saved the theatre from demolition; however, they disagree with the city’s initiative to find outside development/management, and they are fighting against it.

“This is the process by which cities find new garbage contractors, not to build and maintain a local arts center,” said Egan. “Had it not been for FOL, this theatre would not be here.”

In an effort to appease the organization, Mayor Fulop proposed three options: first, the FOL could respond to the RFP; second, the FOL could partner with a national organization and submit a joint RFP; or third, the FOL could help select the winning RFP. According to Mayor Fulop, the FOL rejected all three options.

“Despite the fact they rejected those options we still put them in the RFP because we want them to be a part of it. We’re so appreciative of them,” claims Mayor Fulop.

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« Reply #103 on: 03-26-2014, 03:15am »
I'm on the board of FOL and Colin and Pattie's statement is bs and half-truths. It's all about their jobs($90k) and not about the excellent volunteer work done by all of FOL and their board over the years. 

FOL will have a continuing presence but they lack resources, skill sets, booking expertise, professional management and partner sponsors with money. The RFP will bring that and some of the participants have done the most extensive restoration projects in the country including the ongoing Loew's in Brooklyn, the twin sister built in 1929 as is our landmark Loews Theater. Wait till the process is over then bitch. :pint:

Fulop seems not to be making any friends with Friends of the Loews.

If what FOL says is true, and I don't have any reason to doubt them, then :fulop: is either ignorant of what work FOL has done or is being deliberately duplicitous so he can hand the theater off to some for-profit company now that FOL has done all the dirty work.


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« Reply #102 on: 03-21-2014, 08:11am »
Oh, now I do feel like a goose! The fault is all mine, dear sir. I don't seem to pick up on facetious. :o

No, my bad.  Sincerity trumps sarcasm.

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« Reply #101 on: 03-20-2014, 07:28pm »
Oh, now I do feel like a goose! The fault is all mine, dear sir. I don't seem to pick up on facetious. :o

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« Reply #100 on: 03-20-2014, 09:57am »
I was being facetious, Miss Bennet.  I think entertainment monopolies stink, but I cannot help but see how that model is particularly appealing in a modern context.

Obviously, I have no firsthand knowledge of what the mayor would like to see for the Loew's future.  What I do know however, is that profitability, media exposure, career building, and the ability to defer responsibility to private corporations appear to weigh very heavily in his decision making processes.  And it's not so much Mr. Fulop, it's just the unstoppable reality of modern government.  "It's nothing personal, it's just business," as they say. 

Referring to the post below regarding the Boyd, I saw my last movie there in the summer of 1998 when I lived in the Rittenhouse neighborhood in Philadelphia.  It's one a hell of a bummer to think of its interior being demolished :(

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