Jeffery Theater

1952 E. 71st Street,
Chicago, IL 60649

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DavidZornig on August 23, 2017 at 11:00 am

1972 photo added credit Pat Hammond.

aspenajax on July 24, 2017 at 10:40 pm

Sad story, I get up until he age of 8 on Crandon Ave and 72nd in the 60’s. Lot’s of gang crime even back then. My family belong to South Shore Country Club back them (now South Shore Cultural Center). We would get dropped off at The Jeffery for Saturday matinees and we would be shaken down for money by what I can only assume were very young gang members. South Shore has needed and still needs saving from the gangs running rampant.

JoeBlacula on May 12, 2016 at 1:21 pm

That is a BEAUTIFUL pic Broan! How did you find it???

Broan on January 17, 2016 at 12:22 pm

Here is a THSA photo of the Jeffery auditorium. Here is one of the lobby.

dvdmike on September 27, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Alisa Starks, who developed movie theaters in Lawndale and Chatham, has been brought in by Monroe Investments to revive the bank at 7054 S. Jeffery Blvd. that closed in 2014.

At a 5th Ward meeting in August 2015 at the South Shore Cultural Center, Starks presented a rough idea for the 46,000-square-foot bank that included a four-screen movie theater on the main floor, a six-lane bowling alley in the basement and a kid-friendly restaurant and play area on the second floor.

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Life's Too Short on March 15, 2014 at 6:40 pm

I can see the residents wanting something more upscale than McDonald’s there. But I don’t understand why the Jeffrey makes any preservation lists. Since they tore the auditorium down there isn’t much left to work with. There must be more important properties than this to focus resources on.

RickB on March 5, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Named as one of the city’s ten most endangered buildings by Preservation Chicago. A presumably recent picture is photo #5 of the slideshow that accompanies this Chicago Tribune article.

Menutia on February 28, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Silver Screens to Golden Arches… what’s left of the Jeffery will be redeveloped.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on December 20, 2013 at 8:12 am

Shore Bank, which ran it’s headquarters out of the old Jeffrey Building, collapsed during the financial crisis and I believe the remains were brokered through FDIC. I saw an article in Crain’s the other day stating that the new owners plan to sell the Jeffrey Building. Shore Bank was a nice idea that was probably never going to work. Their whole business proposition was based on writing mortgages for people in distressed neighborhoods. You’d have to show me a lot of numbers before I would ever put any stock in that idea.

captain54 on February 18, 2012 at 11:12 pm

that’s entirely possible..I remember it being a small place with a few tables… I remember it being next to an alley. My Dad told me a story about a customer that took my Dad into that alley and threatened to shoot him.

dmzlatnik on February 18, 2012 at 8:02 pm

We lived at 7037 Jeffery. There was a lounge next to the beauty shop which butted up to the Woolworth’s. Could that have been the Boulevard Room?

Zol87 on July 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm

According to Google Street View the facade behind where the marquee stood is still standing although the entrance has been modified.,-87.57653&spn=0.000988,0.003664&t=h&z=19&layer=c&cbll=41.766061,-87.576655&panoid=7gPmLKf9lAUBbNhV2qjw-g&cbp=12,57.29090500000001,,0,0&photoid=po-47850825/

NickCoston on June 18, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Great old place, Chris Demos the manager in the 60’s was one my Dad’s best friends. Big, silent Al Wartenberg. What a great, quite man. Smoked a pipe. I loved that old office, it was like a bunker. —-Nick Coston

captain54 on May 28, 2010 at 11:59 am

my Dad owned a cocktail lounge/bar at 71st and Jeffrey, but no living family members can recall exactly where it was….it was somewhere at that intersection, and he owned it in the late 50’s/early 60’s….it was called “the Boulevard Room”….anyone with any info would be greatly appreciated.

rjacobsonmd on July 3, 2009 at 12:58 pm

great pictures ken, thanks again.

It’s amazing how small the theaters were compared to my memories of them

I saw “The Robe” at the Jeffery.

Richard Jacobson

opus1100 on March 28, 2009 at 2:05 pm

The Jeffery Theatre had a 2m 6r Barton Theatre organ. It was badly water damaged. I was working for a local pipe organ service company at the time and a friend and I tried to restore the organ to playing condition. It was so far gone that it would have taken considerable money to repair, money which I didn’t have at the time. Coston Enterprises decided to donate the organ to a local church which only wanted the unit flute. My employer removed the organ, installed the flute at the church and sold off the rest of the parts. I still have the traps. The console was purchased by Jimmie Keating, at teacher at Lane Tech HS, who beautifully restored the console and used it to play his home pipe organ.

brianlewis on December 9, 2008 at 1:40 am

Hello Ken…thanks for the ad. It was nice to see. I noticed the ad for the Hamilton theatre, which was a few blocks east of the Jeffery.
Also fun to see ads from the Highland,Shore, and Ogden shows.

kencmcintyre on December 7, 2008 at 8:25 pm

Here is a May 1951 ad from the Southeast Economist:

tobaccocard on June 17, 2008 at 1:57 pm

I was a frequent customer at the Jeffery between 1967 and 1969.

It was often a unique entertainment experience with audience members shouting advice to the characters on the screen.

Saluki68 on July 15, 2007 at 10:29 am

I was an usher at the Jeffery during the early 60’s. The manager at that time was Chris Demos and the assistant was Al Warpenburg. We wore uniforms complete with cardboard dickies and collars and clip on bow ties. We escorted customers to their seats with flashlights and actually made sure everyone was quiet and kept their feet off the seats. The Jeffery was a very popular theater in those days and played many “road show” engagements like Cleopatra complete with intermissions and special concession items. While I worked there it was hit by a tornado which took off the top of the water tower.

GrandMogul on March 29, 2007 at 10:54 am

Chicago Daily News, Thursday, June 25, 1936, p. 24, c. 6:

The first installation in a theater of the new General Electric air conditioning system has now been completed by R. Cooper Jr., Inc., at Warner Bros. Jeffery, where “The Country Doctor” is to be shown for three days starting Sunday.

This new type of air control system is working automatically. G.E. engineers have pronounced the Jeffery installation perfect.

Broan on March 13, 2007 at 2:40 pm

Here are photos of this theatre.

SouthsideBoy on November 30, 2006 at 6:37 am

I’ll do my best to load some picturs this weekend of the Jeffrey.
Nick Coston