216 South Jefferson Avenue,
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The Jewell Theatre opened in downtown Springield in 1936. Located on Jefferson at Park Central. The Jewell Theatre was one of many downtown houses showing first run attractions.
The front entrance was housed in a two story building. The theatre had a large rectangular marquee with large neon letters spelling out the theatre name on three sides. There was a large spacious lobby before entering the beautiful auditorium.
The Jewell Theatre drew large crowds until the late-1950’s when the suburban theatres started opening and cutting into the downtown theatre business. The Jewell Theatre closed its doors in 1961.
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