Jax Jr. Cinema

32 Main Street,
Littleton, NH 03561

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Previously operated by: Inter-State Amusement Co.

Architects: W. Chester Browne

Firms: W. Chester Browne Associates

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 603.444.5907
Manager: 603.444.5907

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Jax Jr. Cinema

The Jax Jr. Cinema is the third theatre to occupy this site. The two previous theatres, both named the Premier Theatre (see listing on Cinema Treasures) both succumbed to fire, the last being in 1949.

After losing two theatres to fires, Jack Eames was determined to build a “fireproof” structure. Construction began on the Jax Jr. Cinema building in 1950, and it opened on March 17, 1951 with Fred Astaire in “Royal Wedding”. It was designed by W. Chester Browne Associates, it’s integral stainless steel ticket booth and blonde entry doors typify the theatre’s Streamline Moderne style. Its 900 seats were located all on a single floor.

In 1975, the Jax Jr. Cinema hosted the world premiere of “Two” – later titled “Captive”. It had been filmed on location in Littleton. In 1982, the Jax Jr. Cinema closed briefly with its beautiful marquee showing the signage: “We’re Having Twins”. After re-opening the newly twinned theatre boasted two screens with just under 300 seats in each auditorium.

Contributed by Richard Grows

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

teecee
teecee on April 26, 2005 at 10:13 am

Nice little photo here:
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richardg
richardg on April 26, 2005 at 7:08 pm

The impressive marquee that you see here is after $40,000. was spent redoing it just last year. I think I have pictures of the marquee from three years ago. Although the present marquee is quite spectacular, I felt the previous design was even more spectacular. If I ever get my photos on line, everyone can decide for themselves. All the border incandescent bulbs were replaced with more neon. Perhaps someone got tired of replacing the bulbs or does neon use less electricity? Anyway, the theatre is kept spotless and the manager, Gord, will be happy to answer all you questions about the theatre. Despite having smallish screens (can’t be avoided when you take a small theatre and split it down the middle) and the New Hampshire thing of keeping the auditorium too bright, Jax Jr is a great place to see a movie. Littleton is also a great town to visit.

Rolfe
Rolfe on January 4, 2006 at 8:49 am

A glass panel with historic items of the theater in the lobby is the newest addition, one that I can appreciate. The sound system is nicely up to date, and the reasonable admission tickets are refreshing ($3 on certain night/matinees!). Blockbusters tend to play first run, though they then stay there for 3-4 weeks.

Drawbacks: the overuse of family oriënted films playing, and that it can take many weeks for a movie to arrive (in some cases, three months after it’s initial release).

www.jaxjrcinemas.com

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 6, 2009 at 7:59 pm

From Boxoffice Magazine, December 10, 1949: “LITTLETON, N.H.— A building to house a 900 seat theatre… will be constructed to replace the one containing the Premier Theatre which burned here, according to Jack Eames…. Plans for the new building now are being drawn by W. Chester Browne Associates, Boston architects.”

50sSNIPES
50sSNIPES on April 17, 2022 at 2:50 pm

The Jax Jr’s actual opening date is March 17, 1951 with Fred Astaire in “Royal Wedding” along with a performance by the Nationally Famous Barbary Coast of Dartmouth College before showing.

The Jax Jr. Theatre also began housing a second floor where it housed to the original studio building facilities of radio station WTWN-AM (Now WSTJ, licensed in Littleton) in October 1951.

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