Jefferson Theatre

116 W. Jefferson Boulevard,
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

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Exterior of the Jefferson Theatre in downtown Fort Wayne, IN.

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Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 16, 2006 at 6:07 pm

Film Daily Yearbooks;1941 and 1943 editions, give the seating capacity as 1,298. In the F.D.Y. 1950 edition it is listed with a seating capacity of 1,100.

kencmcintyre on September 8, 2007 at 5:05 am

The Jefferson was part of Alliance Amusement Co. in the early sixties. This chain, headquartered in Chicago, operated numerous theaters in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Washington. In Fort Wayne alone, Alliance ran the Jefferson, Embassy, Lincolndale Drive-In, East 30 Drive-In, Ft. Wayne Drive-In and Northcrest Drive-In. President of Alliance in 1963 was S.J. Gregory.

koosmal on March 28, 2009 at 10:17 am

Most of the Alliance properties went to Cinecom, then through a legal settlement to Sportservice Theaters. Sportservice sold all their theaters in the 80’s. I do not know if any of their drive ins survived, notable loss Miles in Cleveland, OH. Beautiful Paramount and State Theaters in Anderson still survive.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on April 27, 2009 at 1:01 am

From 1940, a photo ad announcing the re-opening of the Jefferson Theatre after having been remodeled.

kencmcintyre on February 4, 2010 at 4:08 am

The Jefferson was across the street from the Embassy, more or less. The even side of the block is now taken by a Hilton hotel.

mwoehnker on November 29, 2011 at 12:38 am

The Jefferson Theatre was open from 1912-1978.

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