Jefferson Theatre

4768 N. Milwaukee Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60630

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cmhefner on April 9, 2012 at 8:58 am

I’ve heard that it’s possible that the Lero building adjoining the Jefferson directly to the south (seen here on the left) was actually the movie theatre. Is that possible? Looking at the inside of the Lero, it seems possible that the space was originally a large, single-story space, such as would be used as a theatre. And the seating capacity seems to imply a larger area than the inside of the Jefferson. Anyone have any input on this?

Broan on November 26, 2008 at 3:26 pm

The American Contractor Building Permit index indicates that it was started in 1912. Architect was E.M. Newman.

Broan on October 1, 2007 at 4:40 am

Recent photos of this theatre are HERE

robabank1 on August 2, 2007 at 7:03 pm

I am writing an article on old movie houses in and around Jefferson Park, Chicago; if anyone has a photo of the Jefferson Nickelodeon or any idea where I can find one please contact me.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 25, 2007 at 9:30 pm

Opened in 1914 with a seating capacity of 294 it was re-named Progress Theatre in 1917 and closed in 1923.