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 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!

DavidZornig on November 29, 2015 at 7:59 pm

Photo as Bakersfield Opera House 1910 added.

Also original facade photo circa 1928 added. Courtesy of Mark Mcgowan. Possibly the same from the 2008 post, but the link no longer reaches the photo.

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