5956 Main Street,
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Opened in 1946, the Nelson Theatre was one of those fondly remembered post-World War II, small town cinemas: black Carrara glass store-fronts on either side of a tiny free standing box office, a yellow brick second story with a glass block hint at Art Deco style, a tiny triangle marquee with the words “Air Conditioned” more prominent than the name of the theatre.
The architect was J. R. Mims who created a nice little hall for $30,000. The lobby featured two elegant murals in Moderne style. The auditorium was simple, but included a small cantilevered balcony and several layers of drapery around the proscenium.
The owner was Burgess E. Nelson who built this theater on the site of a previous theater that had been destroyed by fire.
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