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West Market Street,
Athens, AL 35611

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This was a nickelodeon theatre located on the North side of the Square on the 200 block of W. Market Street.

Contributed by Chief Bob Jensen

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on June 9, 2012 at 11:23 am

Ah, Bob, you already listed this theater here on CT as the Dixie just a little while ago.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm

C, I don’t think so, nickelodeons began in about 1905 and started to decline in about 1913. They were in converted storefronts and you sat on wood benches. The Dixie was built as a theatre in 1915 on the second floor.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on June 10, 2012 at 12:27 am

I am loathe to disagree, but I still think the two theaters may well have occupied the same building. Both theaters were in the 200 block of W. Market. I am not a betting man, but if I were, I think the nickelodeon may have occupied the building on the first floor and became retail space or something else when the Dixie was purpose-built as a theater when the second story was added.

BTW, some nickelodeons, especially in larger cities, were purpose-built and had a certain elegance for their time with outer lobbies and theater seating, even a stage for small-time variety acts. San Francisco and New York especially had several of these.

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