Jackson Theater

4019 Eastern Avenue,
Cincinnati, OH 45226

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Functions: Housing

Previous Names: Carrol Theater

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Built as the Carrol Theater in the early-1900’s. In 1919 it was enlarged to the plans of architect Oscar Schwartz. On November 10, 1929 the theater was renamed Jackson Theater for and owned by Jerome Jackson, formerly an early nickelodeon partner of Isaac McMahan and they both started a film distribution business for nickel houses in the Cincinnati region. Mr. Jackson later became the manager of the Taft Theater on East Fifth Street in 1932.

Jackson and other investors owned the Lyric Theater on Vine Street which had been built by Hubert Heuck in 1905, a legitimate playhouse until the 1920’s when it became a movie theater. The Jackson Theater was always a movie house.

The Jackson Theater auditorium has now been demolished, but the front of the building has been retained and converted into apartments. Original terrazzo floors are being retained.

Contributed by hanksykes

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 11, 2012 at 9:18 am

When I look at the satellite view of this theater, I wonder if the auditorium of the Jackson Theatre has not been demolished? The footprint of the existing apartment building looks much too small to have accommodated a theater of almost 800 seats, but there is plenty of vacant land behind it where there could once have been an auditorium. The land looks torn up, too, as though something had been removed from it.

My guess would be that the upper floors of the apartment house are just about as they have always been, and that the entrance to the theater passed all the way through the building to the auditorium behind it, most likely via the arch at left.

Jerome Jackson took over this house around the beginning of 1918, as noted in the January 5 issue of The Moving Picture World that year:

“Carrel theater in Eastern avenue, near Carrel street, operated by Shober Brothers, has been purchased by Jerome M. Jackson. Structure will be remodeled and seating capacity increased.”
The Shober Brothers had already enlarged the Carrell Theatre at least once, as reported in The Moving Picture World of September 4, 1915, which said that the house would have 570 seats once the project was completed.

hanksykes on March 23, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Joe,you are correct the auditorium has been removed, but the front entrance was were the 2 checkerboard piles of brick are attached to this structure. Looks like a marquee was formerly attached to the area directly above.

tedhardman on August 5, 2012 at 8:00 pm

We purchased the Jackson Theater on 6/20/12 and immediately began renovation on the remaining space. The auditorium was demolished many years ago but the lobby and upper two floors remain. We will convert the upper two floors into apartments. The terrazzo floors are in excellent condition as are the interior brick walls. will supply updates.


hanksykes on February 10, 2015 at 4:05 pm

So where is the update report on the Jackson Theater property???

tedhardman on February 10, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Building has been completely renovated. Apartments completed in April, 2013 and the lobby was converted to a Salon and Spa I August of 2013

hanksykes on February 15, 2015 at 2:24 pm

Thanks for the latest news, ted.

rivest266 on May 30, 2015 at 6:33 pm

November 10th, 1929 reopening as Jackson ad in photo section

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 23, 2016 at 9:31 pm

After taking over the Carrol Theatre in 1918, Jerome Jackson had the house enlarged, per this item from the October 25, 1919, issue of The American Contractor:

“Theater (add.): $12,000. 1 sty. 50x 60. Eastern av. Archt. Oscar Schwartz, 311 Provident Bank bldg. Owner Jerome M. Jackson. McGregor & Reading rd. Brk. walls, mill floor & roof constr. Drawing plans. Ready for bids abt. Nov. 1.”
The Biographical Dictionary of Cincinnati Architects has only a brief entry for Oscar Schwartz:
“Listed 1916-1931. Designed a synagogue in Avondale. A considerable number of drawings from his office are preserved in the Cincinnati Historical Society Library collection.”
I wonder if any drawings of this theater are among those preserved?

L.Strite on February 24, 2020 at 5:36 pm

Ted, I’m just now finding out about the Jackson Bldg. Really interesting! As an amateur Cincinnati historian, I was wondering if you have any additional information about the building’s theater days or could point me to some source material I could research. Thanks in advance!

tedhardman on February 25, 2020 at 9:34 am

Check the Columbia-Tusculum Historical Society

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