Nixon Theatre

28 S. 52nd Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19139

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Architects: John D. Allen

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Nixon Theater Marquee

The Nixon Theatre was opened November 21, 1910 as a vaudeville theatre. Topping the bill on opening night was Fred Karno’s London Company presenting “A Night in a London Music Hall” which featured a then unknown Charlie Chaplin. The architect is listed as John D. Allen. This theatre was demolished in 1985.

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Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

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:

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 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.

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.

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 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 on May 13, 2014 at 5:12 pm

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

freddylubin on November 27, 2014 at 6:10 am

This seems to be where Charlie Chaplin was performing, with the Fred Karno Music Hall, when he got his famous telegram requesting that he come to New York to meet with the lawyers who presented him with the offer to work in Hollywood. Interesting. I remember the theater from my childhood, when I lived in my first house, on 48th and Walnut.

rivest266 on October 8, 2016 at 12:03 pm

November 20th, 1910 grand opening ad in photo section. It opened on the 21st.

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