1952 E. 71st Street,
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The Jeffery, constructed in 1923 in the heart of the South Shore neighborhood’s then-bustling commercial center, 71st Street between Euclid Avenue and Jeffery Boulevard, was opened a year later as a vaudeville and movie house for the Cooney Brothers circuit.
The neo-classical style theater could seat just under 1800, and was designed by architect William P. Doerr (who also designed the neo-Georgian style East Park Towers in Hyde Park). It had a tall vertical marquee which rose over the facade of the theater, and could be seen up and down 71st Street.
The Jeffery was operated by Warner Brothers in the 30s and 40s, under a movies-only policy from then on. It was later run by the Coston family, which also operated such South Side houses as the Beverly and the Hamilton.
The Jeffery, a long-time South Shore landmark, was demolished during the late 1990s, except for its facade and lobby area, which now houses a bank. A drive-up is now located where the auditorium formerly stood.
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