Jackson Theater

4019 Eastern Avenue,
Cincinnati, OH 45226

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Jackson Theater

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Built as the Carrol Theater in the early-1900’s. Around 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

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hanksykes
hanksykes on January 8, 2007 at 3:42 pm

The Jackson Theater building and apartment house still retains in raised letters the name Jackson Building on the upper moulding of its facade.

hanksykes
hanksykes on February 4, 2008 at 7:07 pm

Later in the 1940’s the Jackson was leased by Louis Wiethe as part of his ever expanding local chain of movie houses.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 4, 2009 at 6:25 pm

it must have been an impressive building in its time, but it certainly looks shabby now, especially covered with graffiti.

angelacarrington
angelacarrington on March 12, 2011 at 10:17 pm

i grew up in the jackson building in the 1980’s,it was a little run down back then,but it holds alot of memories for me. I would love to know what the plans are for this historic building!!!

DavidDynamic
DavidDynamic on February 11, 2012 at 4:11 am

In response to kencmcintyre*s remark about graffiti. I am very near in favor of the return of the stocks and pillory as punishment for vandalism and graffiti. I think it would be especially effective if those involved were allowed to miss a couple of meals and bathroom breaks. Tagging and graffiti remind me of tomcats and he-dogs marking everything as their territory.

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
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
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.

tedhardman

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