Jackson Park Theatre

6711 S. Stony Island Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60649

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rivest266 on August 13, 2020 at 9:37 pm

Held an reopening on October 26th, 1935. Another ad posted.

Broan on February 15, 2017 at 5:35 pm

Erected by Edward I. Bloom. Initially booked by Ascher Bros. The Jackson Park gained a reputation for music starting in 1918, when Leo B. Salkin replaced W.P. Clement as manager (Clement went on to build the Stratford). (Moving Picture World, April 17, 1920). Starting in 1922, Salkin also managed the Kenwood. Renovated in 1936 (pictured above). Bloom would later build the Shore theater.

rivest266 on November 12, 2016 at 11:57 pm

This opened on November 29th, 1916. Grand opening ad in the photo section

Broan on January 17, 2016 at 8:27 pm

Several other photos can be found there through search.

Broan on January 17, 2016 at 8:12 pm

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

Silky1 on August 23, 2015 at 12:09 am

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.

keycom on February 7, 2014 at 9:52 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.

DavidDymond on December 22, 2013 at 12:05 am

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.

dlswansonjr on December 20, 2013 at 8:09 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

chicagomike47 on August 1, 2012 at 9:49 pm

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

Kay on January 13, 2007 at 6:30 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………..

KenC on March 31, 2006 at 5:09 am

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).

dvdmike on January 27, 2005 at 5:57 pm

A senior citizen’s complex stands on the site today