Jefferson Theatre

632 25th Street,
Newport News, VA 23607

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1939 ticket

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The Jefferson Theatre was an African-American theatre which opened prior to 1939. This theatre would show movies daily and occasionally Sunday through Thursday and stage shows on Friday and Saturday.

Contributed by alexander tucker, Lost Memory

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Cornell on October 5, 2009 at 8:00 am

The Jefferson was a favorite of mine. You could stay all day for fifteen cents in 1963. I remember seeing the Incredible Shrinking Man
The Mole People The Longest Day Dracula Movies. My aunt Mattie lived on 26th Street. She would fry chicken on Sunday and me and my cousin Ricky would take some to the movies. It was near the corner of 25th Street and Jefferson Avenue. Close by on Jefferson Avenue were the Moton and Dumbar. Both are now closed. The Moton is sort of a community center. It warmed my heart to see the marque showing that a 72 inch TV would be showing the Super Bowl. Wellll it is something.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on April 28, 2012 at 2:31 am

Open from about 1940 to 1969. This was an African-American Theater.

Does anyone have photos, inside and out or more info?


Chief Bob Jensen
Manteno, Illinois

calvintwo on May 4, 2012 at 3:51 pm

The description above is partly incorrect. I grew up going to the Jefferson in the 40’s and 50’s. It was not movies Sun thru Thur and stage shows Fri and Sat. In my day it was movies 7 days a week and occasionally the “Chitlin” circuit would come to town and you could see the stage show as well as a movie on Fri and Sat including a midnight show on Sat. Also, there would occasionally be amateur shows spotlighting local talent. That is how Newport News' own Five Keys gained initial recognition.

stromley on November 26, 2013 at 4:43 pm

I have come across a ticket in perfict condition from July 5, 1939. Playing “BOY SLAVES” with Anne Shirley and Alen Baxter. Also “Flying G Men, Chapter 13. Admit one 15 cents.

wsasser on November 26, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Hi Stromley, what a find. Could you scan it in and post it for us to see.

stromley on March 5, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Hi wsasser, I uploaded it to the photo tab.

wsasser on September 13, 2014 at 12:49 am

Hey Stromley, many thanks, very nice. Helpful for my theater research.

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