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Nile Theatre
1721 19th St
Bakersfield CA


1938 photo from The Bakersfield Californian collection.

The text reads: With the new Nile theater scheduled to open tonight following months spent in the process of rebuilding and redecorating, murals on the auditorium walls are drawing especial attention. They form the keynote of the decorative ensemble. They are approximately 35 by 20 feet each and are done in an oyster-white background, surrounded by mustard-yellow side walls. Ceiling of the beautiful structure is powder blue. The murals strike a new note in modern decorative painting. The subject matter is purely fantastic and decorative with no touch of realism. In each corner of the two murals is a symbolical, modernized figure, holding aloft the torch of knowledge. The backgrounds are suggestive of modern cities and industry while the foregrounds are replete with fantastic foliage and decorative forms. There are several human figures in the compositions representing (although still only in a vague and symbolic manner) music, dance, love and grace. A packed house is anticipated for this evening's opening.

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