Loew's Jersey Theatre
If you're thinking about visiting this venue, do it. You'll be awestruck.
Yes, you'll need to bring in everything--caterer, furniture--but it's well worth it.
Pattie, Colin, John and everyone else at the theater were a joy to work with.
This movie theatre opened in 1929. It is beautiful inside! A quick Google search will turn up all the photos you need. We had the ceremony on the stage in the auditorium, and the reception in the grand lobby. The setting is amazing, and so much better than a normal banquet hall. All your guests will remember your wedding day. One word of caution: To rent the space means just that. You'll need to find a caterer (the theatre has a recommended list), rent tables and chairs, etc. Our caterer provided dinnerware and linens, which was a help. We had about 120 guests, which I think is a good amount for the space. Much more than that and it could have gotten too crowded. I wouldn't recommend the theatre if you are on a very tight budget, or prefer the kind of all inclusive packages banquet halls can offer. There is nothing all-inclusive about the theatre. You're literally just renting the space. When all was said and done, with a LOT of hard work cutting corners, our wedding cost between $25,000-$30,000 (officiant, photographer, videographer, DJ, catering, theatre, rentals, booze, etc.). The theatre is a non-profit, and they'll use every dollar and dime they get toward renovating it and preserving it. It's nice to know the money is going to a good cause.
This is a beautiful, historic venue and truly a treasure to NJ. HOWEVER, the theatre is a volunteer-run organization. So if you don't plan on doing everything, don't even call. Every single aspect of the place requires an additional fee and the staff is nice but inflexible. There are tons of extras including paying for a fire marshall to sit there the whole time at 65 dollars an hour. It is very difficult to get ahold of the staff. It can be very, very frustrating. It is a labor of love to have your wedding here, not for the faint of heart or light of wallet. Also, know that you must bring in EVERYTHING. No chairs, tables, seats, nothing. There is nothing but the actual shell of the building included and using the theatre itself is extra too. It is also closed in June, July, and August so its out for you summer brides.
The Loews Jersey Theatre is a tricky venue...and if you accept what you're getting from the start, you'll be happy and satisfied. For a reasonable price, you're getting a beautiful venue that will set a great tone for your wedding. But it's an empty venue. You need to provide just about everything. Throughout the planning process, they were difficult to communicate with, which speaks to their status as a non profit theater and not a professional wedding destination. As a landmark building in the process of being renovated, they also come with a lengthy list of restrictions that force you to work within a certain box. But in the end, the classical beauty of the setting was worth every hurdle we encountered.
We received tremendous compliments, not only from those who attended the wedding but from people who only saw pictures. The theater is absolutely beautiful, decorations aren't even needed as the lobby provides more than enough ambiance for the night.
The staff at Loews is extremely helpful. We spoke with them several times and were even able to customize the wording for the marquee - by the way, you get your wedding displayed on the marquee!! When some of our vendors had issues with tables or electronics the staff was more than willing to help and provide extra supplies.
I highly recommend this venue for any couple that wants to do a unique, sophisticated, old Hollywood style wedding.
From the ceremony on stage, pictures on the upper balcony and dancing in the lobby the night was absolutely tremendous!