PHOTO – CHICAGO – JEFFERY THEATER – 1952 E 71 ST SOUTH SHORE NEIGHBORHOOD – AUDITORIUM INTERIOR – A WONDERFUL FIND – WE ALREADY HAVE A LOBBY PHOTO OF THE JEFFERY ON THE SITE – NOTE: THE AVALON WAS MY FAVORITE OF OUR LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD “MOVIE PALACES” BUT THE JEFFERY WAS A CLOSE SECOND – JUST A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE GOING TO ONE OF THESE PLACES FOR A DOUBLE FEATURE AND GETTING A BIG CONTAINER OF FRESHLY-POPPED BUTTERED POPCORN (THE BUTTER MELTED, THE REAL STUFF, DRIZZLED ON AND IF YOU WANTED MORE YOU ONLY HAD TO ASK) – THE THEATER LOBBIES ALWAYS HAD BIG POPPING MACHINES ATTENDED AT THE CANDY COUNTER AND YOU COULD HEAR IT AND SMELL IT AS NEW BATCHES WERE PERIODICALLY MADE – MAYBE YOU WOULD ALSO HAVE A CANDY BAR OF WHICH THERE WAS A HUGE CHOICE IN THOSE DAYS – THE ATMOSPHERE WITH HIGHLY THEATRICAL LIGHTING AND ROMANTIC ARCHITECTURE WAS SO EXCITING AND MYSTERIOUS MAKING “GOING TO THE MOVIES” A SPECIAL EVENT – THE CITY HAD A LARGE NUMBER OF SUCH THEATERS (PLUS MANY MORE MODEST ONES) BOTH DOWNTOWN AND IN NEIGHBORHOODS SO IT WAS POSSIBLE TO HAVE QUITE A CHOICE OF THE “SHOW” YOU WERE GOING TO SEE AT ANY TIME – TRULY LIKE NOTHING AROUND TODAY – THE MOVIE MULTIPLEXES TODAY ARE PRETTY STERILE-LOOKING BY COMPARISON WITH NO ROMANTIC ATMOSPHERE OR LIGHTING AND GENERALLY HAVE A SINGLE MOVIE PLUS TONS OF ADS (THERE WERE NONE TO SPEAK OF IN THE 1950s AND 1960s EXCEPT A PREVIEW OF NEXT WEEK’S SHOW) – THE POPCORN ISN’T EVEN FRESHLY-POPPED NOW (GENERALLY PRE-POPPED IN BAGS, OFTEN RATHER DRY AND STALE) – ARCHITECTURAL PHOTO LIKELY DATES TO OPENING AS A VAUDEVILLE THEATER IN 1924   1 comment

PHOTO - CHICAGO - JEFFERY THEATER - 1952 E 71 ST - AUDITORIUM INTERIOR - ARCHITECTURAL PHOTO LIKELY DATES TO OPENING 1924

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Posted August 2, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

One response to “PHOTO – CHICAGO – JEFFERY THEATER – 1952 E 71 ST SOUTH SHORE NEIGHBORHOOD – AUDITORIUM INTERIOR – A WONDERFUL FIND – WE ALREADY HAVE A LOBBY PHOTO OF THE JEFFERY ON THE SITE – NOTE: THE AVALON WAS MY FAVORITE OF OUR LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD “MOVIE PALACES” BUT THE JEFFERY WAS A CLOSE SECOND – JUST A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE GOING TO ONE OF THESE PLACES FOR A DOUBLE FEATURE AND GETTING A BIG CONTAINER OF FRESHLY-POPPED BUTTERED POPCORN (THE BUTTER MELTED, THE REAL STUFF, DRIZZLED ON AND IF YOU WANTED MORE YOU ONLY HAD TO ASK) – THE THEATER LOBBIES ALWAYS HAD BIG POPPING MACHINES ATTENDED AT THE CANDY COUNTER AND YOU COULD HEAR IT AND SMELL IT AS NEW BATCHES WERE PERIODICALLY MADE – MAYBE YOU WOULD ALSO HAVE A CANDY BAR OF WHICH THERE WAS A HUGE CHOICE IN THOSE DAYS – THE ATMOSPHERE WITH HIGHLY THEATRICAL LIGHTING AND ROMANTIC ARCHITECTURE WAS SO EXCITING AND MYSTERIOUS MAKING “GOING TO THE MOVIES” A SPECIAL EVENT – THE CITY HAD A LARGE NUMBER OF SUCH THEATERS (PLUS MANY MORE MODEST ONES) BOTH DOWNTOWN AND IN NEIGHBORHOODS SO IT WAS POSSIBLE TO HAVE QUITE A CHOICE OF THE “SHOW” YOU WERE GOING TO SEE AT ANY TIME – TRULY LIKE NOTHING AROUND TODAY – THE MOVIE MULTIPLEXES TODAY ARE PRETTY STERILE-LOOKING BY COMPARISON WITH NO ROMANTIC ATMOSPHERE OR LIGHTING AND GENERALLY HAVE A SINGLE MOVIE PLUS TONS OF ADS (THERE WERE NONE TO SPEAK OF IN THE 1950s AND 1960s EXCEPT A PREVIEW OF NEXT WEEK’S SHOW) – THE POPCORN ISN’T EVEN FRESHLY-POPPED NOW (GENERALLY PRE-POPPED IN BAGS, OFTEN RATHER DRY AND STALE) – ARCHITECTURAL PHOTO LIKELY DATES TO OPENING AS A VAUDEVILLE THEATER IN 1924

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  1. The Jeffery and Hamilton were our neighborhood theaters, cartoon shows on Sat. The Robe, many others.

    The Jefferey was rather plain compared to the old Tivoli in Hyde Park-

    Thanks for this photo Chuck

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