Jonesborough Repertory Theatre

121 W. Main Street,
Jonesborough, TN 37659

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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 Theater 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.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 8, 2005 at 1:46 am

The Film Daily Yearbook, 1950 gives a seating capacity of 366.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 21, 2019 at 2:49 pm

This opened on August 30th, 1945. Here is the zoomable grand opening ad:

Jackson theatre openingJackson theatre opening Thu, Aug 30, 1945 – 8 · () · Newspapers.com

Grand opening ad posted as well.

ncmark
ncmark on December 27, 2019 at 12:41 pm

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.

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