Jefferson Theatre

4768 N. Milwaukee Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60630

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Architects: E.M. Newman

Functions: Retail

Styles: Neo-Classical

Previous Names: Progress Theatre

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Jefferson Theatre, Chicago, IL

This former nickelodeon is still quite prominent on Milwaukee Avenue, recently repainted in maroon and cream to highlight the detail of its simple facade bearing its name. It is currently a cabinet shop.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 25, 2007 at 4:30 pm

Opened in 1914 with a seating capacity of 294 it was re-named Progress Theatre in 1917 and closed in 1923.

robabank1 on August 2, 2007 at 2:03 pm

I am writing an article on old movie houses in and around Jefferson Park, Chicago; if anyone has a photo of the Jefferson Nickelodeon or any idea where I can find one please contact me.

Broan on September 30, 2007 at 11:40 pm

Recent photos of this theatre are HERE

Broan on November 26, 2008 at 10:26 am

The American Contractor Building Permit index indicates that it was started in 1912. Architect was E.M. Newman.

cmhefner on April 9, 2012 at 3:58 am

I’ve heard that it’s possible that the Lero building adjoining the Jefferson directly to the south (seen here on the left) was actually the movie theatre. Is that possible? Looking at the inside of the Lero, it seems possible that the space was originally a large, single-story space, such as would be used as a theatre. And the seating capacity seems to imply a larger area than the inside of the Jefferson. Anyone have any input on this?

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