Beaumont in Jefferson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Built in 1927 by the Jefferson Amusement Company, this theatre quickly became a landmark in downtown Beaumont. Emile Weil, Inc., a New Orleans architectural firm, designed the structure. The interior is a showcase of fine materials and workmanship, with marble staircases and Spanish-style decoration. In addition to motion pictures, the Jefferson Theatre featured dramatic stage productions, vaudeville shows, and other live entertainment.
Erected 1978 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10537.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Entertainment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1927.
Location. 30° 4.932′ N, 94° 5.879′ W. Marker is in Beaumont, Texas, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Fannin Street west of Pearl Street (U.S. 90), on the left when traveling west. The marker is on the right (southwest) of the ticket booth and on a wall Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 345 Fannin Street, Beaumont TX 77701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tyrrell Public Library (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); First National Bank Building (about 400 feet away); Henry Millard (approx. 0.2 miles away); Noah Tevis (approx. 0.2 miles away); Beaumont (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint Anthony's Cathedral (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jefferson County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Port of Beaumont (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beaumont.
Regarding Jefferson Theatre. The Jefferson Theatre is Beaumont’s best example of Renaissance Revival style and is the town’s only surviving historic movie Theater. The Theater was designed by architect Emil Weil and was built by Sol E. Gordon and J.C. Clemmons of the Jefferson Amusement Company for $1 million. The Theater opened on November 14, 1927, with the movie “Rose of the Golden West” starring Mary Astor and Gilbert Roland. The Jefferson Theatre also hosted traveling shows, vaudevillians and community talent
Also see . . .
1. Jefferson Theatre in Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 15, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
2. A YouTube Tour of the Theatre. (Submitted on August 15, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 15, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 422 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 15, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. 3. submitted on September 27, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.