Photo by Tom McLaughlin
Music fans lined up outside of the newly restored White Eagle Hall on Wednesday, October 11 in Jersey City to see the California-based indie pop group Best Coast perform with the Philadelphia and Brooklyn-based indie rock group Field Mouse.
White Eagle Hall (WEH) is one of the newest additions to the Jersey City arts scene. Constructed and operated by Polish immigrants and craftsmen, its doors first opened in 1910. After 24 years serving as a community center, Saint Anthony’s parish took over as owners, adding a rich history to the hall as home of the legendary high school basketball powerhouse. In 2012, the venue was sold by Saint Anthony’s and it was publicly announced that WEH would undergo a restoration process.
Now, in 2017, WEH has been transformed into a brand new concert and theater scene for Hudson County residents. Along with cutting edge sound and lighting technology, the owners and restoration team still sought to preserve the venue’s unique history, adding and restoring several different elements and fixtures to have as much of a local feel for the audience as possible.