Jonesborough Repertory Theatre
121 W. Main Street,
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Jonesborough Repertory Theatre (Official)
Functions: Live Theatre
Previous Names: Blue Mouse Theatre, Jackson Theatre
Built in the 1800’s as a furniture business. The Blue Mouse Theatre was opened as a movie theatre in the 1920’s and had 200-seats. It closed around 1929 as a silent movie theatre. It was converted into Debyns-Taylor hardware store.
Movies returned to the building when the 400-seat Jackson Theatre opened on August 30, 1945 with Marjorie Reynolds in “Three is a Family”. It was still open in 1957. In the 1960’s it was closed and converted into retail and office space.
In 2015 it was converted into the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre. In late-2019 it was totally gutted internally the create a new space for the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre. Renovation work continues in 2023.
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The Film Daily Yearbook, 1950 gives a seating capacity of 366.
This opened on August 30th, 1945. Here is the zoomable grand opening ad:
Jackson theatre opening Thu, Aug 30, 1945 – 8 · () · Newspapers.com
Grand opening ad posted as well.
Work is underway to totally renovate this space for live performances for the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre. It’s totally gutted inside with new steelwork in place for the balcony and a new stage area. The exterior will be restored to its original looking movie theater roots. Seating capacity will be about 350 with around a $3 million budget. Completion is planned for late 2020 or early 2021.
Work is still not complete but is slated to finish in late 2023. Like so many other construction projects during the pandemic, material shortages and other problems have caused many setbacks.