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Jewell Theater

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, April 5, 2021
1. Jewell Theater Marker
Inscription.  On this site stood the Jewell Theater. Originally known as the Jefferson. Erected ca. 1910 by Harry S. Jewell this was the home of the nationally telecast Ozark Jubilee seen on ABC-TV from 1954 thru 1960. Starring musical legend Clyde Red Foley the Jubilee favorably introduced millions of viewers to talented Ozarkers and inspired those viewers to travel to the Ozarks where they experienced the beauty of Springfield and the entire area
 
Erected 1988 by a friend of the Ozarks.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1910.
 
Location. 37° 12.506′ N, 93° 17.379′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker is at the intersection of South Jefferson Avenue and East McDaniel Street, on the right when traveling south on South Jefferson Avenue. Marker is located at Jubilee Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 298 S Jefferson Ave, Springfield MO 65806, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Colonial Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); John T. Woodruff
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By Jason Voigt, April 5, 2021
2. Jewell Theater Marker
Located at Jubilee Park
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Gillioz Theater (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Paul United Methodist Church (about 400 feet away); First Post Office in Springfield (about 500 feet away); First Store in Greene County (about 600 feet away); The Landers Theatre (about 600 feet away); Battle of Springfield (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ozark Jubilee on Wikipedia. this was the first network television program to feature country music stars, and to have significant national viewership. It was noted for exposing female musicians and African American talent on TV, something that was not common at the time. Top country music acts that guest-starred on Jubilee included Patsy Cline, Eddy Arnold and Gene Autry, and making stars of Brenda Lee and Carl Perkins. But by 1960, ABC decided to cancel the show mostly due to the publicity of Red Foley's battles with the IRS. (Submitted on April 11, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 

2. Jewell Theatre. From cinematreasures.com, this features
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photos and brief history of the legendary building. Just a few months after Ozark Jubilee's cancellation, the theater was demolished in February 1961. (Submitted on April 11, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
Additional keywords. country music, tv show
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 11, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 11, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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