Jefferson theater hosts pre-renovation shows

Jefferson Theater

The historic Jefferson Theatre has been a mecca of entertainment since its inception in 1927 when noted architect Emile Weil designed the building for Jefferson Amusement Company by the tune of $1 million.

The Jefferson has hosted all the stars who have come to Beaumont including James Stewart for the movie premier of It’s a Wonderful Life, along with director Frank Capra, in 1946.

The building saw a complete restoration and renovation in 2000, and was opened again several years later. Lenny Caballero, hired in 2013 by the City of Beaumont as the director of event facilities, and his staff have done a tremendous job continuing to book great shows at the Jefferson, but the time has come once again for the Jefferson to go on hiatus while it sees repairs.

“The main project will be fixing the ceiling in the entire theatre,” said Caballero. “It’s a moisture problem in the attic, and it will require a lot of scaffolding in the building, so it’s going to take several months to do. We hope to have it all wrapped up and ready to go in late September.”

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