When you think of movie sets, film production, and big-name celebrities, Hollywood comes to mind. City of Jerseyyet, quickly becoming the new East Coast Hollywood.
Jersey City has hosted dozens of famous movies and TV showss over the years, but recently there has been an explosion of interest in local neighborhoods—and our own NJCU campus—for the productions.
Stephanie chaiken, director of the NJCU Center for the Arts, said, “One of the really attractive things about the NJCU campus is that we have buildings from many different time periods in one place. Hepburn Hall was built in the 1920s, the Library Building in the 1960s, the GSUB is newer, and the Science Building is the newest. We have beautiful grounds, so it’s a great place to film.
More recently, the 2019 version Joker was filmed near Journal Square with Loew’s Theater and William H. Brennan Hall. Annereleased in 2014, had a variety of scenes filmed in Liberty State Park, parts of downtown Jersey City, and near the waterfront. Even movies from the 1970s through the 1990s were no stranger to Jersey City. , including blockbuster hits like The Godfather and A Bronx Tale.
Jersey City has a long list of credits when it comes to being used as filming locations. Look closely and you’ll be able to spot what Hudson County natives pick up immediately and proudly when watching the big screen. 1997 men in black used Liberty State Park as the birthplace of an alien squid. Paulus Hook is where you can find home in a beautiful spirit. A short walk down Montgomery Street takes you to The Beacon, which was once Jersey City’s medical center; his the beautiful art deco lobby has been used in many different films. Located a few blocks from the NJCUis main campus, you can find the Miss America Diner which has also appeared in advertisements and on great filter.
NJCU has also been part of this entertainment explosion. This variety makes it much easier and cheaper for film companies to have everything in one place.
chaiken explained that there are certain square footage requirements that must be met for large sets and that the NJCU meets those requirements. GSUB has many function rooms, and the trade school was used for lunch and as a waiting area for film teams.