Monday, February 22, 2021 12:08 PM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The operator of Newark's Prudential Center arena has signed on to transform a historic theater in Jersey City. Devils Arena Entertainment will partner with the city to restore the majestic Loew's Theater in Journal Square. Construction is expected to begin next year. The century-old theater has more than 3,000 seats and was built in the late 1920s in the ornate style of classic European opera houses. It hosted the likes of Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Bing Crosby and many other big names, eventually became a movie theater and was boarded up in the 1980s. A local group has put on smaller shows there since the 1990s.