Jackson Park Theatre

6711 S. Stony Island Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60649

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Circa 1943

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The Jackson Park Theatre was a nearly-1,500 seat theatre in the neighborhood of the same name (in fact, it stood just across from the large park for which both the neighborhood and theatre are named for, on Stony Island Avenue, at 67th Street.) The theatre opened in 1916.

By around 1960, it had closed, and was torn down long ago.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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dvdmike on January 27, 2005 at 12:57 pm

A senior citizen’s complex stands on the site today

KenC on March 30, 2006 at 11:09 pm

On Sunday,May 10, 1959, the Jackson Park theatre was showing “TEENAGE THUNDER” plus “CARNIVAL ROCK” according to the Chicago Sun Times. On Sunday, Jan.17, 1960, the Jackson Park had a triple feature: “BEATNIK”, “WASP WOMAN”,“BEAST FROM HAUNTED CAVE”.(from the Chicago Tribune).

Kay on January 13, 2007 at 1:30 pm

This was the theatre I walked to when I was a kid in the 1940’s and into the 1950’s. Remember seeing “Yellow Rose of Texas” there. On Saturday mornings I watched dance lessons in a dance studio that was located upstairs in the same building. Couldn’t afford the lessons, but was allowed to sit and watch. Then I would go home to practice on my own. Being strongly influenced by all the wonderful MGM movie musicals of that time, really believed that was to be my destiny. Lovely old theatre and great popcorn………..

chicagomike47 on August 1, 2012 at 4:49 pm

i saw king creole there 16 times in one week and bought karmelkorn next store

dlswansonjr on December 20, 2013 at 3:09 am

I believe this theater – for better or worse – had a tremendous national impact on the U.S. motion picture industry: the owners of the Jackson Park filed, and won, an anti-monopoly lawsuit against the major studios, which resulted in the 1948 Supreme Court ruling that ultimately forced the studios to divest themselves of the exhibition aspect – and sell their theaters – by 1953

DavidDymond on December 21, 2013 at 7:05 pm

You are absolutely correct — The Jackson Park lawsuit started the Federal government investigating Paramount Pictures and ALL their theatre operating partners. Thisled to the consent decree that required Paramount to reorganize and sell off a lot of their theatres. This is what ruined the motion picture industry for many years.

keycom on February 7, 2014 at 4:52 pm

My late uncle Richard Salkin managed the Jackson Park most or all of his adult life. He was the manager when the famous Jackson Park case and decision were adjudicated. When I was a kid, the “JP” was our go-to family movie theatre, partly no doubt because we got in free. I remember seeing “Red River” with John Wayne and Montgomery Clift (1948, I would have been 8 years old); “Stage Door Canteen” (1943, very likely the first movie I ever saw); and National Velvet (1944, Elizabeth Taylor as a child star), to name just three. Whenever we went to the “JP,” we never failed to stop first for Karmelkorn next door.

Silky1 on August 22, 2015 at 7:09 pm

I remember Mr. Salkin. My grandmother was the candy lady at Jackson Park until it closed. She then went to the Avalon, then the Capitol and finally to the Chicago Theater. As my mom says, I grew up in a movie theater. So many wonderful memories and adventures! I saw Hit the Deck 21 times. Mr. Salkin gave me a autographed picture of one of it’s stars, Ann Miller. When the Mummy played, they had a guy dressed up like the mummy walking the aisle. It still creeps me out.

Broan on January 17, 2016 at 3:12 pm

Here is a photo of the Jackson Park. It strongly resembled the Portage.

Broan on January 17, 2016 at 3:27 pm

Several other photos can be found there through search.

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