Fairfax Theatre

4122 Herschel Street,
Jacksonville, FL 32210

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Previously operated by: E.J. Sparks Theatres, Paramount Pictures Inc.

Architects: Roy A. Benjamin

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Fairfax Theatre

Located in the Fairfax district. The Fairfax Theatre was opened on June 26, 1941 with Barbara Stanwyck in “The Lady Eve” & James Ellison in “Play Girl”. All seating was on a single sloping floor. It was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary E.J. Sparks. It was closed in 1952. It has been demolished and by 2024 the site is used as a parking lot.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 10, 2006 at 1:49 am

There is no listing for a Fairfax Theatre in the Film Daily Yearbook;1941 edition.
In the 1943 edition there is a Fairfax Theatre listed with 700 seats operated by Paramount through their subsidiary E.J. Sparks.

The 1950 edition of F.D.Y. lists a Fairfax Theatre with 555 seats. However the address is different from the one given in the headers above. It is located at 4122 Heschel Street, Jacksonville

Could there have been two different Fairfax Theatre’s operating in the city at seperate periods of time?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 10, 2006 at 1:52 am

Correction, the address given in 1950 for ‘that’ Fairfax Theatre is 4122 Herschel Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210

JackCoursey on May 10, 2006 at 11:24 am

The Dignan St address is from the 1946 Jacksonville City directory. I have noticed in some of the directories that the business address is sometimes different than the site in which the theatre located. The city directory also lists two addresses for the Ritz: 829 N Davis St & 824 W State St.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 10, 2006 at 11:33 am

The 1950 edition of F.D.Y. lists the Ritz Theatre at 829 N. Davis Street, Jacksonville.

irvl on July 19, 2006 at 4:14 pm

This theatre was home to the “Fairfax Players” for many years after it closed as a movie house.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 14, 2010 at 4:01 am

There are photos of the Fairfax in Boxoffice, February 21, 1942. The 555-seat house was designed in the Art Moderne style by architect Roy A. Benjamin.

erikljohnson on April 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm

I’m searching for some information about a Vaudeville show that performed at the theatre in the late on February 20, 1927. The show was called “Jungleland” which was a traveling contortionist show. If anyone could help out, that would be great. I have an article that I found online: View link

rivest266 on May 20, 2024 at 5:31 pm

The Fairfax theatre opened on June 26th, 1941. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on May 21, 2024 at 11:10 am

Closed in 1952.

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