History of a Painting - Loew's Jersey Theatre, Jersey City, NJ

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History of a Painting -

Loew's Jersey Theatre, Jersey City, NJ.

Acrylic Painting by Larry Johnston©

While researching local landmarks in my home town of South Bend, Indiana, I recreated the Old Palace theatre, to make it look like it did in its thriving era. I started a series of the old theatres that were built during the 1920's, which included the Chicago Theatre.  Later I discovered the Loew's Jersey, which, at the time was in disrepair was closed in 1986.

The fascination to me was the animated clock outside the building, which had two statues above the clock, St. George and a Dragon.  There were red light bulbs in the dragons mouth which, when lit, simulated fire.  On the quarter hour, the clock would chime and the statures would perform and the knight would approach the dragon and tip forward with his lance simulating a lunge.

The theatre was remodeled and reopened in 1996.

 

Blogs About Some of My Other Paintings and their History:

Loew's Jersey Theatre,....  Marathon Gas Pump,....  Calloway's Round Barn,....  River Street, Savannah, GA,....  Court House, Crown Point, IN,....  Pooles Mill Covered Bridge,....  Steak and Shake,....  The Peanut Shop,....  Hot Diggity Dogs,....  Wrigley Field,.... Piano Through a Window,.... The Coconut Tree,....  Barber Tonics,.... Pelican Diner,.... A & W Drive-in,.... The Lantern,.... The FOX Theatre, Atlanta,...  Tri-Way Outdoor Theatre,...  Rexall Drug Store,...  A Family Homestead,...  The Palace Theatre,...  Angel's Diner,...  Krispy Kreme, Gainsville, Florida,...  Bonnie Doon US31,...  Ross Diner,...  The Gag & Heave,... A&W Root Beer Barrel,...  Bonnie Doon, Lincolnway, Mishawaka, IN,...  Train Depot, Cartersville, GA,...  Dairy Queen,...  Firestone Store,...  The South Shore,...  The Gathering Place,...  4-Way Lunch,...  Mustard and Ketchup,... McDonald's,...  Lost Mountain Store,...   The Big Chicken,...  Euharlee, GA. Covered Bridge,...  Juliette, GA Church,...  Fried Green Tomatoes House,...  Whistle Stop Cafe,...   Whistle Stop Train Depot,...  Tilley Park,...   Jimmy's Hurricane,...   Barber Chair,...  Fire Truck,...   Rosies Diner,... Judge Roy Bean's   

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If you know someone who wants to Buy or Sell a Home in Elkhart County or surrounding areas, call me:

Larry Johnston, 574-304-7577

Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC

Elkhart, Indiana

or email larry@larry-johnston,com

Comments (27)

Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I can't believe it's a painting! Such a talent!  Beautiful!

Jan 17, 2015 07:09 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Thank you for the bit of history. It is always interesting to learn about paintings.

Jan 17, 2015 07:34 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Larry you out did yourself on this one, this painting has to be one of my favorites so far.

Jan 17, 2015 09:11 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Hi, Larry...that is a really neat looking building. You did a great job on this painting. 

Jan 17, 2015 10:25 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

And the accolades keep pouring in...as they should.  Your work is outstanding, and I get the privilege of watching you create these masterpieces, one at a time.

Jan 17, 2015 11:42 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Joan Cox , When I started on the painting, they were still in the process of remodeling the theatre.

Jan 17, 2015 01:00 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi John McCormack ,  Thanks for your kind comment.  Have a great weekend.

Jan 17, 2015 01:01 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

You do such great work. My goodness you are talented Larry Johnston

Jan 17, 2015 01:02 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Will, The book will probably not be this year, as I am gathering information for the website and book now.

Jan 17, 2015 01:02 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Thanks Noah Seidenberg ,  This is one of my favorite paintings.

Jan 17, 2015 01:03 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Hannah Williams ,  I am not familiar with the FOX in Philadelphia, but have done paintings of both the FOX in Detroit and Atlanta.

Jan 17, 2015 01:05 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Good evening Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner ,  Thanks for the awesome comment and photo.  I'm glad you liked the painting.

Jan 17, 2015 01:08 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Sharon Tara , I will be sharing some of my early years in some of my blogs too.

Jan 17, 2015 01:09 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Good evening Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional , Thanks you for your comment. I enjoy telling you a little about the paintings and my thoughts.

Jan 17, 2015 01:11 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi George Souto ,  Gee, the pressure is on to show you my best.

Jan 17, 2015 01:12 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Debbie Laity ,  I really enjoyed this one, as it is so different.  Thanks for your nice comment.

Jan 17, 2015 01:13 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Evelyn,  You don't see a whole lot of it lately, but you will again.

Jan 17, 2015 01:15 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Larry, it's sad to me that so many of these buildings with so much architectural interest have disappeared.

Jan 17, 2015 10:34 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Good evening Nina Hollander , I have seen many beautiful building torn down and now are prking lots or Parts stores.  Many of the outdoor theatres are now shopping centers.

Jan 18, 2015 06:31 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Larry -- so many things are starting to look so homogenized without personality. It's really a shame. Your talent to "preserve" this in artwork is wonderful!

Jan 18, 2015 08:07 PM

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