Nixon Theatre

28 S. 52nd Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19139

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Cmanni on January 29, 2023 at 10:43 am

Sorry - will try post the link again. (or just google 23 S 52nd St Philadelphia). This address is actually across(?) the street from the original address.’s Performing Arts Center.9591798,-75.22504,3a,75y,254.98h,95.39t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s0fS_K0QgA56L1vxlPMpWsQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

Cmanni on January 29, 2023 at 10:39 am

How is this building at the same address (and labeled Nixon Building at the top) related to the original theatre which is listed at Demolished?’s Performing Arts Center.9591798,-75.22504,3a,75y,244.79h,99.01t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s0fS_K0QgA56L1vxlPMpWsQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

dallasmovietheaters on February 11, 2022 at 8:02 pm

The Nixon Theatre resigned at end of lease on May 29, 1977 with “King Kong,” “Superfly T.N.T.” and “Tiger Force.”

rivest266 on October 8, 2016 at 2:03 pm

November 20th, 1910 grand opening ad in photo section. It opened on the 21st.

freddylubin on November 27, 2014 at 8:10 am

This seems to be where Charlie Chaplin was performing, with the Fred Karno Music Hall, when he got his famous telegram requesting that he come to New York to meet with the lawyers who presented him with the offer to work in Hollywood. Interesting. I remember the theater from my childhood, when I lived in my first house, on 48th and Walnut.

TheALAN on May 13, 2014 at 7:12 pm

28-30 South 52nd Street is now KICKS USA. Yes, the Nixon Theater was demolished!

andon on February 5, 2014 at 7:15 am

Presidental Election day november 1968.
Mid-day viewing of the Night of the living dead.
Great Theater! remembered.

Holden_33 on August 7, 2012 at 2:24 pm

My parents went on their first date at the Nixon in 1959; they saw “Blackboard Jungle” with Glen Ford, Anne Francis and a young Sidney Poitier. Must’ve been a good date they had 3 kids and remained married for over 30 years until my father passed; thanks for posting these pictures!

kencmcintyre on December 17, 2008 at 6:28 pm

The Payless shoe store to the left of the Nixon Building is listed at 32 S. 52nd Street. I do agree that this building doesn’t resemble the theater building, though. The Nixon family was prominent in theater circles in the early part of the twentieth century, so this may be a coincidence.

kencmcintyre on December 17, 2008 at 5:44 pm

This is a photo of the building at the address today. It’s indistinct in the photo, but it says “Nixon Building” at the top. Is it possible that the theater building is still standing? If so, a lot of the architectural details seen in the older photos have been removed.

genayabrownpqp on December 17, 2008 at 5:06 pm

Hello, I am Genaya Reid the grand daughter of Frank & Ida May Brown the last owners of the Nixon movies theater. I wanted to thank the members who posted pictures and information about the movie theater.

God Bless

kencmcintyre on January 25, 2008 at 9:58 am

Here are expanded views of two PAB thumbnails posted by Lost Memory in 2005. The photos are from the Irvin Glazer collection:

Patrick H Friel
Patrick H Friel on December 17, 2005 at 7:50 pm

Interesting trivia in the Nixon Theatre’s history. When the movie Mikey And Nicky was filmed in Philadelphia in the early 70’s a scene was shot with the theatre’s marquee in the background. I’m not sure if it was dirctor Elaine May’s decision, although it wouldn’t surprise me, but the theatre’s name was changed to the Noxin. Apparently, the dislike for President Richard Nixon went pretty deep. I supose, the thinking went, the film makers didn’t want movie goers to suddenly stop being entertained at the sight of the Nixon name.