Nixon Theatre

Seventh Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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NIXON Theatre; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Uncertain when it was built, but the large, very ornate Beaux-Arts style facade indicates before 1915. The Nixon Theatre seated approximately 2,500. Located adjacent to the Nixon Restaurant, on 7th Avenue downtown, across the street from Mellon Square Park.

The Nixon Theatre was demolished in June of 1950. Although it remained a legitimate stage house until the very end in 1950, at least one major movie played at the Nixon Theatre, when Cecil B. DeMille’s original "The Ten Commandments" was screened in 1924.

Contributed by David Litterer

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 13, 2010 at 11:07 am

A picture of the Nixon Theatre (sometimes referred to as the first Nixon Theatre, to avoid confusion with the later one that was on Liberty Ave.): View link

KJB2012
KJB2012 on December 13, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Why is it named Nixon? Was that a theatre chain back when?

Pebbles24
Pebbles24 on June 27, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I have a program from the Nixon Theatre from April 26, 1954 for South Pacific. Is this considered a collectible or anything of value?

RogerA
RogerA on March 8, 2013 at 10:00 pm

South Pacific didn’t get released until 1958.

RogerA
RogerA on March 9, 2013 at 8:53 pm

So that South Pacific program must be from a road show version of the stage show.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm

This is a rather belated reply to KJB2012’s question about the origin of the Nixon Theatre’s name. The original owner of the Nixon Theatre was Samuel F. Nixon-Nirdlinger, a theater operator based in Philadelphia in the late 19th and early 20th century. He owned several theaters in Pennsylvania, and in 1896 was one of the six founders of the notorious Theatrical Syndicate, which for many years controlled bookings for most of the legitimate theaters in the United States.

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