Nile Theatre

1721 19th Street,
Bakersfield, CA 93301

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The Nile opened in 1906 as the Bakersfield Opera House. In 1924 it was renamed the Nile and then remodeled in 1927.

In 1937 it received a new marquee and an Art Moderne renovation designed by S. Charles Lee.

By the time the building was vacated in 1994, it had been divided into a twin. In July of 2006, the former Nile Theatre was reopened as the Nile Bar & Grill.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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plinfesty on July 12, 2010 at 8:11 pm

1969 Bookings:
1/22/69: The Impossible Years; With Six You Get Eggroll (xtra: Rowen & Martin At the Movies)
1/29/69: The Sergeant; Great Catherine
2/05/69: Bullitt; The Trygon Factor
2/26/69: The Shoes of the Fisherman (featurette: From Sea to Ski)
3/05/69: The Shoes of the Fisherman (featurette: Alpine Glory)
3/19/69: The Subject Was Roses; The Detective
3/26/69: Where Eagles Dare
4/09/69: Where Eagles Dare; The Money Jungle
4/16/69: The Fixer; The Subject Was Roses
4/23/69: The Dirty Dozen; Grand Prix
4/30/69: The Brotherhood; The Wrecking Crew
5/07/69: Mayerling; Lady in Cement
5/14/69: The Big Bounce; The Sweet Body of Deborah
5/21/69: The Illustrated Man; They Came to Rob Las Vegas
5/28/69: Finian’s Rainbow (featurette: The Legend of the Boy and the Eagle)
6/11/69: Bullitt; Cool Hand Luke
6/18/69: Ice Station Zebra; Kenner
7/02/69: The Green Berets; Bonnie and Clyde
7/09/69: The Wild Bunch; The Big Cube
7/30/69: The Maltese Bippy; The Extroadinary Seaman
8/06/69: 2001: a Space Odyssey
9/03/69: The Green Slime; The Fearless Vampire Killers (cartoon)
9/10/69: The Great Train Robbery; The Great Race; cartoon
9/17/69: On My Way to the Crusades, I Met a Girl Who…; The Valley of Gwangi; cartoon
9/24/69: Bullitt; Bonnie & Clyde
10/01/69: The trouble With Girls; Heaven With a Gun (cartoon)
10/08/69: The Good Guys and the Bad Guys; Seven Golden Men (cartoon)
10/15/69: A Stranger in Town; The Stranger returns
10/22/69: The Learning Tree; If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
10/29/69: The Best House in London; The Love Factory
11/05/69: Marlowe; 2000 Years Later
11/12/69: The Rain People; The Fox
11/19/69: The Royal Hunt of the Sun; The April Fools
11/26/69: The Gypsy Moths; Run, Angel, Run!
12/03/69: A Place For Lovers; Alfred the Great
12/10/69: Once You Kiss a Stranger; The Seagull
12/17/69: Romeo and Juliet; The Italian Job
12/25/69: The Arrangement; Killers Three

plinfesty on November 26, 2010 at 6:38 pm

1970 bookings:
1/14/70: The Madwoman of Chaillot; Secret Ceremony
1/21/70: Midnight Cowboy; The First Time
1/28/70: Funny Girl; Follow Me
2/04/70: The Last of the Mobile Hot Shots; Lock Up Your Daughters
2/11/70: Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed; Dracula Has Risen From the Grave
2/18/70: …tick…tick…tick…; Kiss the Other Sheik
2/25/70: Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice; Castle Keep
3/04/70: Easy Rider; Thank You All Very Much
3/18/70: The Ballad of Cable Hogue; 100 Rifles
3/25/70: Ben-Hur
4/08/70: Goodbye, Mr. Chips (featurette: Hang Your Hat on the Wind)
4/15/70: Goodbye, Mr. Chips; The Impossible Years
4/22/70: Gone With the Wind
4/29/70: The 5-Man Army; Flareup
5/06/70: Naked Under Leather; The Wild Bunch
5/13/70: The Damned; A Black Veil For Lisa
5/20/70: Bullitt; Bonnie and Clyde
5/27/70: 2001: a Space Odyssey; Ride the High Wind
6/03/70: Zabriskie Point; Blow-Up
6/10/70: True Grit; The Sterile Cuckoo
6/17/70: The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart; Joy House
6/24/70: Captain Nemo and the underwater City; Ice Station Zebra
7/01/70: How the West Was Won; The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
7/08/70: The Moonshine War; Grand Prix
7/15/70: Woodstock
8/12/70: Which Way To the Front?; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
8/19/70: Chisum; Moon Zero Two
9/02/70: Kelly’s Heroes; The Moonshine Wars
9/09/70: Kelly’s Heroes; Captain Nemo and the Underwater City
9/16/70: The Strawberry Statement; The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart
9/23/70: Trog; Taste the Blood of Dracula
9/30/70: Start the Revolution Without Me; 80 Steps To Jonah
10/07/70: Hotel; Cool Hand Luke
10/14/70: Giant; Harper
10/21/70: Performance; The Grasshopper
10/28/70: House of Dark Shadows; Topaz
11/04/70: The Traveling Exectutioner; Zig Zag
11/11/70: Woodstock; Let It Be
11/18/70: Dirty Dingus Magee; 2nd feature
12/02/70: No Blade of Grass; The Walking Stick
12/09/70: Rabbit, Run; Ballad of Cable Hogue
12/16/70: Elvis: That’s the Way It Is; Downhill Racer
12/25/70: There Was a Crooked Man…; R.P.M.

plinfesty on November 26, 2010 at 6:57 pm

1971 bookings:
1/06/71: Threesome; Sex and the College Girl
1/13/71: Flap; Soldier Blue
1/20/71: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever; The Out-Of-Towners
1/27/71: Alex in Wonderland; Johnny Cash
2/03/71: Get Carter; Dirty Dingus Magee
2/10/71: Brewster McCloud; WUSA
2/17/71: The Miracle of Love; Interplay
2/24/71: Airport; Two Mules For Sister Sara
3/17/71: Catch-22; The Adventurers
3/24/71: When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth; Trog
3/31/71: My Fair Lady
4/07/71: My Fair Lady; Yours, Mine and Ours
4/14/71: Waterloo; Darling Lili
4/28/71: The Priest’s Wife; The Student Nurses
5/05/71: Gone With the Wind; How the West Was Won
5/12/71: THX 1138; Journey to the Far Side of the Sun
5/19/71: Pretty Maides All in a Row; The Baby Maker
5/26/71: Mad Dogs and Englishmen (“see 4-track stereo”); Festival
6/02/71: Percy; Brotherly Love
6/09/71: Villain; Hail! Mafia
6/16/71: 2001: a Space Odyssey; Far From a Madding Crowd
6/23/71: Zeppelin; Chisum
6/30/71: Wild Rovers; Kelly’s Heroes
7/07/71: Ryan’s Daughter (featurette: Snow Dream)
8/04/71: Klute; The Arrangement
8/18/71: Summer of ‘42; The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
9/01/71: McCabe and Mrs. Miller; There Was a Crooked Man
9/08/71: The Omega Man; THX 1138
9/22/71: Night of Dark Shadows; House of Dark Shadows
9/29/71: Dusty and Sweets Magee; 2nd feature
10/06/71: The Last Run; A Man Called Sledge
1/13/71: Billy Jack; The Deserter
10/27/71: Doctor Zhivago (featurette: Waterbirds)
11/03/71: Catlow; Wild Rovers
11/10/71: Skin Game; Zeppelin
11/17/71: Going Home; Friends
11/24/71: Man in the Wilderness; The Racing Scene
12/01/71: The Devils; The Seven Minutes
12/08/71: Fortune and Men’s Eyes; How To Succeed with Sex
12/15/71: African Safari; Black Beauty; The Young Graduates
12/22/71: African Safari; Black Beauty
12/25/71: Dirty Harry; The Delta Factor

plinfesty on November 26, 2010 at 7:10 pm

1972 bookings:
2/16/72: The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight; Zig-Zag
2/23/72: Summer of ‘42; Klute
3/15/72: Clay Pigeon; Believe in Me
(3/18-3/19/72: MGM Children’s Mat: Gypsy Colt; 3 cartoons)
3/22/71: The Boyfriend; Hang 'Em High
3/29/72: The Boyfriend; Chandler
4/05/72: Snow Job; Sitting Target
4/12/72: Death in Venice; The Madwoman of Chaillot
4/19/72: Dealing: or the Berkeley-to-Boston ourty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues; Such Good Friends
4/26/72: The Carey Treatment; The McMasters
5/03/72: Cool Breeze; The Split
5/10/72: Kotch; Harold and Maude
5/17/72: Weekend Murders; The Black Belly of the Tarantula
5/24/72: Skyjacked; something big
6/14/72: The Cowboys; Blue Water, White Death
6/21/72: The Cowboys; The Last Run
8/16/72: What’s Up, Doc?; The Out-of-Towners
9/20/72: Come Back Charleston Blue; Man and Boy
9/27/72: Portnoy’s Complaint; Get To Know Your Rabbit
10/04/72: Kansas City Bomber; On Any Sunday
10/25/72: The Candidate; The Groundstar Conspiracy
11/01/72: Shaft’s Big Score; Night of the Lepus
11/08/72: Gone With the Wind; A Gunfight
11/15/72: 2001: a Space Odyssey; The Star-Spangled Girl
11/22/72: Ryan’s Daughter; Jenny
11/29/72: Doctor Zhivago; Me, Natalie
12/06/72: Dracula A.D. 1972; Crescendo
12/13/72: Elvis on Tour; One Is a Lonely Number
12/22/72: Deliverance; Fireball Jungle
12/29/72: Deliverence; McCabe and Mrs. Miller

plinfesty on November 26, 2010 at 7:21 pm

1973 bookings:
3/21/73: Travels With My Aunt; Skyjacked
3/28/73: Jeremiah Johnson; Sometimes a Great Notion
4/18/73: The Train Robbers; The Doberman Gang
5/02/73: The Great Waltz; When the Legends Die
5/09/73: The Thief Who Came To Dinner; 2nd feature
5/16/73: Slither; Criminal Affair
5/23/73: Soylent Green; Lolly-Madonna
6/06/73: Class of ‘44;; The Young Graduates
6/20/73: The Emigrants; Shoot-out
6/27/73: Cahill, unites States Marshall; The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid
7/18/73: Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid; Two Lane Blacktop
8/02/73: Scarecrow; Ulazanna’s Raid
8/16/73: The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing; Red Sky At Morning
9/05/73: White Lightning; Scorpio
9/12/73: The Legend of Hell House; Night of the Living Dead
9/19/73: The Last of Sheila; Pancho Villa
9/26/73: The Mackintosh Man; Trader Horn
10/10/73: Blume in Love; I Love My…Wife
10/17/73: Enter the Dragon; Boot Hill
11/07/73: Oh, Lucky Man; Badge 373
11/14/73: Scarecrow; The Last of Sheila
11/21/73: The Deadly Trackers; Fear is the Key
12/05/73: A Touch of Class; Showdown
12/12/73: The Sacred Knives of Vengeance; Five Fingers of Death
12/19/73: A Fiklm About Jimi Hendrix; Celebration at Big Sur
12/25/73: Magnum Force; Moonfire

plinfesty on November 26, 2010 at 10:48 pm

1974 bookings:
2/13/74: Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street; Joe Kidd
2/20/74: The New Land; The Culpepper Cattle Co.
2/27/74: McQ; Bad Company
3/13/74: Blazing Saddles; The Train Robbers
3/29/74: The Exorcist
6/07/74: Black Eye; Cleopatra Jones
6/14/74: Badlands; The Deadly Trackers
6/21/74: Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry; Emperor of the North
6/28/74: Mame
7/05/74: Mame; Just Like a Woman
7/10/74: Mame; Take the Money and Run
7/17/74: Our Time; Head of the Family
7/24/74: The Terminal Man; Bad Man’s River
7/31/74: Zandy’s Bride; Young Rounders
8/07/74: Uptown Saturday Night; Pocket Money
8/28/74: Cold Sweat; Captain Apache
9/11/74: Black Sampson; 2nd feature
9/18/74: Little Fauss and Big Halsey; 2nd feature
9/25/74: The Godfather; Santee
10/02/74: The Groove tube; Taste of Death
10/16/74: It’s Alive; The Grovve Tube
11/01/74: The Abdication; The Public Eye
11/08/74: Uptown Saturday Night; The Public Eye
11/13/74: Shanghai Lil and the Sun Luck Kid; Man of Iron
11/20/74: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre; Return of the Dragon
11/27/74: The Klansman; High Plains Drifter
(12/06/74: Sneak preview)
12/11/74: Don’t Turn the Other Cheek; Kid Blue
12/18/74: The Teacher; Policewomen
12/25/74: Freebie and the bean; Macho Callahan

plinfesty on December 3, 2010 at 1:07 pm

1975-76 Bookings:
2/19/75: Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins; A Man For Hanging
3/05/75: Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore; Summertime Killer
3/21/75: Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore; Our Time
3/26/75: My Pleasure is My Business; Little Laura and Big John
4/02/75: The Yakuza; Hot Rock
4/09/75: The Streetfighter; Hard Contract
4/23/75: Chinatown; The Conversation
4/30/75: The Prisoner of Second Avenue; C.C. and Company
5/07/75: Dirty Harry; Mahgnum Force
5/28/75: Enter the Dragon; Red Sun
6/04/75: Gone With the Wind
6/11/75: Lepke; McQ
6/18/75: Bug; SSSSSSS
6/25/75: The Drowning Pool; The 7-Ups
7/02/75: The Drowning Pool; Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins
7/09/75: Mandingo; The Klansman
7/16/75: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad; Mysterious Island of Captain Nemo
7/23/75: Return To Macon County; Mr. Majestyk
7/30/75: Night Moves; Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York
8/06/75: Doc Savage; Westworld
8/13/75: White Line Fever; The Stepford Wives
8/20/75: Black Christmas; The Bird With the Crystal Plumage
8/27/75: Black Christmas; Enter the Devil
9/03/75: Tidal Wave; Cooley High
9/10/75: The Wild McCullochs; Macon County Line
9/17/75: The Exorcist; Zardoz
(9/19-9/20/75: Midnight: Journey Through the Past; Jimi Plays Berkeley; Rock n Roll Your __________)
10/01/75: Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold; Capone
10/08/75: A Clockwork Orange; Deliverence (added: Ali vs. Frazier Superfight III)
10/15/75: Coonskin; Return of the Dragon
10/22/75: Let’s Do It Again; Brannigan
11/05/75: Crazy Mama; 2nd feature
11/12/75: Lisztomania; 5 Fingers of Death
(11/14-11/15/75: Midnight: Yessongs; Fillmore; Gimme Shelter)
11/19/75: Gone In 60 Seconds; Outer Space Connection
11/26/75: Gone in 60 Seconds; Return To Macon County
12/10/75: Wild Heritage; George!
12/17/75: Lenny; Last Tango in Paris
(12/24/75: Theatre closed)
12/25/75: Dog Day Afternoon; The Drowning Pool
1/21/76: Dog Day Afternoon; Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
2/04/76: Dog Day Afternoon; Born Losers
2/11/76:The Sunshine Boys; Kotch
(2/18/75: Theatre closed for TWINNING)

plinfesty on December 3, 2010 at 1:09 pm

That should be
(2/18/76: Theatre closed for TWINNING)
The theatre would reopen on Friday, March 26 with Theatre 1 showing BARRY LYNDON and theatre 2 showing I WILL, I WILL…FOR NOW and WHIFFS

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Two VERY different types of Films,Wouldn’t get much walk over in one sells out!

milanp on May 13, 2011 at 5:46 am

Some of those double-features are positively surreal!
Thanks for posting thjem, Plinfesty.
This sounds like the perfect neighborhood theater—if your neighborhood is on Mars.
I positively love it!

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