Nugget Theaters

57 S. Main Street,
Hanover, NH 03755

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The Nugget Theater located near Dartmouth College opened in 1951. This theater replaced a prior Nugget Theater that opened in 1916 and was destroyed by fire in 1944. The original Nugget Theater was located near E. Wheelock Street & S. Main Street, which is approximately two blocks away from the current theater site.

The Nugget Theater was designed by architectural firm Orcutt & Marston and was built and operated by Hanover Improvement Society. The seating capacity at opening was for 895, all on a single level. The Nugget Theaters is now a multiplex with four screens.

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teecee
teecee on August 8, 2005 at 9:10 am

Author Bill Bryson mentions this theater in his book “I’m A Stranger Here Myself”. Upon returning to the US after 20 years in the UK, Bryson settled in Hanover because it had a main street complete with a bank, a library, a bookstore, a cafe and an old theater. I like this man’s outlook on life.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 8, 2005 at 9:24 am

The 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook listed the Nugget Theater on Main Street with a seating capacity given as 710.

The seating capacity for the original Nugget Theater is listed as 520 in the 1941 and 1943 editions of F.D.Y.

Backseater
Backseater on December 3, 2005 at 5:51 pm

Saw James Stewart and Kim Novak in Alfred Hackneydplot’s “Vertigo” there while taking a summer course at Dartmouth Medical School in 1984. Don’t remember much about the theater, but there was a restaurant not far away that had 50 different kinds of pizza in the evenings and 50 different kinds of omelettes in the mornings. A true entrepreneurial inspiration…

Nuggeteer
Nuggeteer on February 7, 2006 at 8:40 am

The Nugget was designed by architect Frank J. Barrett and completed in 1970.

See the article by Frank J. Barrett, Jr., in Constructive Images (Fall 2005), available at View link

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 6, 2013 at 3:56 am

Correction to the previous post by Nuggeteer; The Nugget Arcade (not the Nugget Theater) was constructed in 1970.

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