Films that spooked the censors showing at Loew’s historic theater this weekend

JERSEY CITY AND BEYOND — The Landmark Loew’s theater in Jersey City will show, this Friday and Saturday, films made before the introduction and enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code, also known as the Hays Code — a set of industry censorship guidelines that governed the production of most motion pictures released by major American studios from 1930 to 1968.
The first film on Friday will be Freaks, directed by Tod Browning. 1932, 65 mins. Described as: “An extraordinary bit of film-making that uses real circus sideshow performers to tell a story of love, deceit and revenge, with a frank-for-its-day approach to sexual gamesmanship and violent retribution. Though surprisingly non-exploitative of its characters, the movie scandalized audiences and helped ruin director Tod Browning’s career. In recent years it has become a cult classic.”
The price for Friday’s double feature is $8 for adults, $6 for kids and seniors.
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