Nixon Theater

Main Street,
Nixon, TX 78140

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The Nixon was part of the Frels theater chain in the early Sixties.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 30, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Here are two 1984 photos:

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 9, 2009 at 4:31 pm

The Nixon Theatre has a somewhat confusing history. The August 7, 1937, issue of Boxoffice Magazine reported that the Nixon Theatre had burned down the previous Monday, and that owner D.P. Luckie was remodeling another building into a theater to replace it. On August 21, Boxoffice reported that Luckie had opened the new location, which had 325 seats.

Then there’s an item in the December 21, 1945, issue of Boxoffice saying that Raymond F. Smith was designing a theater to be built at Nxon for Rubin Frels. The October 12, 1946, issue of the magazine announced that Frels' new house had opened, but the scan of the page is so bad that I can’t read the name of the new theater.

What is certain is that later issues of Boxoffice name Frels as the operator of the house, so the Nixon Theatre in the photos is probably the 1946 building designed by Raymond F. Smith. Boxoffice offers no clue as to whether or not this building occupied the site of either of the earlier theaters of the same name.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 9, 2009 at 5:04 pm

In 1940 the only theater listed for Nixon, Texas is the 450 seat Freis Theater. In 1945 the only theater listed for Nixon, Texas is the 450 seat Nixon Theater. There was already a Freis Theater by 1940. Could the Freis and the Nixon be the same theater?

trailerjoh
trailerjoh on August 27, 2010 at 11:05 am

I might be wrong but I’m thinking the Freis is a owners name maybe. Here is a photo of the Nixon. Have no idea where I came across this theater photo but it matches the later pictures attached above by LOST MEMORY.

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Seems to be a girl in the box office on the right and it almost looks like maybe a popcorn machine on the sidewalk next to the man. Maybe? I’ve been to this place. The building is gone but you can see the tile floor of the entrance and where the restrooms were.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 25, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Its amazing in Lost Memorys photos how good the vertical sign still looked next the the condition of the building.

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