Nixon Theater

28 S. 52nd Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19139

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Nixon Theater Marquee

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The Nixon Theater was built in 1910. The architect is listed as John D. Allen. This theater was demolished in 1985.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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Patrick H Friel
Patrick H Friel on December 17, 2005 at 5:50 pm

Interesting trivia in the Nixon Theatre’s history. When the movie Mikey And Nicky was filmed in Philadelphia in the early 70’s a scene was shot with the theatre’s marquee in the background. I’m not sure if it was dirctor Elaine May’s decision, although it wouldn’t surprise me, but the theatre’s name was changed to the Noxin. Apparently, the dislike for President Richard Nixon went pretty deep. I supose, the thinking went, the film makers didn’t want movie goers to suddenly stop being entertained at the sight of the Nixon name.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 25, 2008 at 7:58 am

Here are expanded views of two PAB thumbnails posted by Lost Memory in 2005. The photos are from the Irvin Glazer collection:
http://tinyurl.com/335do3
http://tinyurl.com/3y5p89

genayabrownpqp
genayabrownpqp on December 17, 2008 at 3:06 pm

Hello, I am Genaya Reid the grand daughter of Frank & Ida May Brown the last owners of the Nixon movies theater. I wanted to thank the members who posted pictures and information about the movie theater.

God Bless

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 17, 2008 at 3:44 pm

This is a photo of the building at the address today. It’s indistinct in the photo, but it says “Nixon Building” at the top. Is it possible that the theater building is still standing? If so, a lot of the architectural details seen in the older photos have been removed.
http://tinyurl.com/3ntmwz

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 17, 2008 at 4:28 pm

The Payless shoe store to the left of the Nixon Building is listed at 32 S. 52nd Street. I do agree that this building doesn’t resemble the theater building, though. The Nixon family was prominent in theater circles in the early part of the twentieth century, so this may be a coincidence.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 31, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Here is a September 1973 photo from Temple U:
http://tinyurl.com/ylcadl3

Holden_33
Holden_33 on August 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm

My parents went on their first date at the Nixon in 1959; they saw “Blackboard Jungle” with Glen Ford, Anne Francis and a young Sidney Poitier. Must’ve been a good date they had 3 kids and remained married for over 30 years until my father passed; thanks for posting these pictures!

andon
andon on February 5, 2014 at 5:15 am

Presidental Election day november 1968.
Mid-day viewing of the Night of the living dead.
Great Theater! remembered.

TheALAN
TheALAN on May 13, 2014 at 5:12 pm

28-30 South 52nd Street is now KICKS USA. Yes, the Nixon Theater was demolished!

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