Jefferson Theatre

123 S. 2nd Street,
Hamilton, OH 45011

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The Jefferson Theatre was opened on March 31, 1903. It was destroyed by fire on the 4th January 1928.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 7, 2009 at 2:19 am

The Cummins photo collection at Lane Libraries has a photo of a demolition site captioned “Future Jefferson Theatre.” It’s dated 1901, so the theater must have been completed that year or the next.

There is also an undated photo of the house as Smith’s Theatre.

The Cummins Collection has pictures of several theaters in Hamilton, most of which are not yet listed at Cinema Treasures. The most glaring absence is the 1931 Paramount, a Rapp & Rapp design.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 7, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Oh, wait. The Paramount is already listed. I just didn’t click the link to the second page of theaters in places called Hamilton. D'OH!

Hamiltonhistorian
Hamiltonhistorian on June 17, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Jefferson Theater — 123 South Second Street, west side of street between Court and Ludlow streets. Opened March 31, 1903, as a 1,600-seat playhouse, featuring traveling dramatic companies, musicals, vaudeville and later movies. Renamed Smith’s Theater April 21, 1903, three weeks after opening, when sold to Tom Smith. Renamed Jefferson Theater Feb. 17, 1914, when Smith sold it to John H. Broomhall and John Schwalm. Destroyed by fire Jan. 4, 1928.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 7, 2014 at 11:14 am

An early street scene in Hamilton, with Smith’s Theatre on the left.

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