Jewel Theatre

12412 St. Clair Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44108

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Previously operated by: Ohio Amusement Co.

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Jewel Theater

The Jewel Theatre was a neighborhood theatre on St. Clair Avenue between Eddy Road and Shaw Avenue. It was opened by 1924 when it was operated by the Ohio Amusement Co. It was closed in the mid-1950’s, one of many theatres that lost the battle to survive in the face of the competition presented by television. I recall my mother attending “dish nights” there.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

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blausche on November 6, 2005 at 2:06 pm

It was converted to a bowling alley after it closed. It was still operating has a bowling alley a few years ago. Have not been by it since

dwdconsulting on July 24, 2008 at 8:46 am

There’s a Save-a-lot store on that site now.

kencmcintyre on March 20, 2009 at 3:47 pm

The Jewel was open as early as 1916, according to this lawsuit:

Along about the latter part of October 1916, possibly along about the 27th or 28th, Mrs. Fox, the plaintiff, with her husband, who are living in Cleveland, and were at that time living in Cleveland near the Jewel theatre on St. Clair Street, near 118th Street, went to see the pictures in the theatre on that night; bought tickets, paid their admission, whatever it was, five cents possibly, and took seats in the theatre. Mrs. Fox at that time was pregnant with child, probably three months, and during the performance, and not very long after they had taken seats, the bottom of the seat fell almost completely out, letting her fall to the floor and upon her knee, which was partly under the seat. One side of the bottom of the seat broke away from the fastenings; the other side was held up partially by an iron or steel brace, so that the bottom of the seat did not fall completely down, one end was stuck up, but she fell clear down to the floor on her knee. She stayed there until almost completely recovered, and then she was taken out by Mr. Fox. On the way out they spoke to one, who appeared to be in charge there of the theatre, whom we will prove to be Mr. Kalafat. She was taken home, and in two or three days after that began to feel the effects so far as her pregnancy was concerned, having pains in her back and began menstruating, and was taken care of as well as her husband could take care of her. She had relatives in Youngstown, and was taken there, and was attended by a doctor in Youngstown, who is here and will tell you the exact extent of her injuries. She lost the child, with which she was pregnant at the time she fell; and she has now, in her left leg, what is known to the medical profession as Phlebitis of the blood vessels, that is, a clot that is formed there, and she now has to wear a rubber bandage, and is under almost constant pain, especially when she walks, and it is, as the doctor will testify, a permanent injury.

rivest266 on January 19, 2014 at 7:02 am

Listed in the paper 1916-1959

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