Loew’s Jersey call for restoration volunteers - Saturday, March 21

posted by Michael Zoldessy on March 20, 2009 at 7:45 am

JERSEY CITY, NJ — Even as our season of classic films and other events continues, Friends of the Loew’s is moving forward with a number of volunteer projects to improve our Loew’s Jersey Theatre.

So, this coming Saturday …

For weeks, several FOL volunteers have been working to remove decades of old bubble gum from more than two thousand metal seat parts from the Loew’s balcony. It may not sound very glamorous, it is nevertheless very important. Now, the next step is to disassemble those parts. All of this is in preparation for re-painting those parts, re-installing the seats and — FINALLY! — reopening the Loew’s balcony! We need three people to use pneumatic wrenches (the kind you see in auto-repair shops) to remove the bolts and disassemble the parts. It’s not really hard, and no special skills are needed. Come join the Balcony Team at the Loew’s!

Another job will be to clear space in the Trap Room — that’s the room under the stage; the name derives from the trap doors that would open from the stage into the room, and through which the magician’s assistant safely drops (hopefully) just before she’s sawed in two! The goal is to make room to construct new shelves for storing lighting and other stage equipment. It’s an important project to make stage productions at the Theatre easier to put on. What we need to do is move an assortment of parts and hardware to another area of the basement. Some heavy lifting will be involved — but there will be carts and dollies to help. Two to four people will make this job go quickly. Can you lend a hand?

We ask volunteers to try to plan to spend at least three hours at the Theatre; this ensures there’s enough time to set up a job and train for it, if necessary.

If you have time to help out this coming Saturday, please email us at or call (201) 798-6055.

And if you are interested in volunteering at the Loew’s but can’t make it this weekend, email or call us to talk about it. More volunteer construction-related projects will be coming on line soon. And we always have a standing need for help with office work, routine maintenance and show operations.

Come and join FOL’s volunteer crew!

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donpiano on June 15, 2009 at 12:48 pm

i am trying to save two old loews theaters in bridgeport connecticut any help or advice you could give me would be deeply appreciated Please contact me at

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