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Nile Theatre
1721 19th St
Bakersfield CA


December 1937 photo from The Bakersfield Californian collection.

The text reads:

$125,000 Theater to be Erected; Finest Equipment Ordered

Razing of the Nile theater will begin soon after January 1 and upon its site will be built a $125,000 theater, to be one of the finest in San Joaquin valley, it was announced today by Robert Cottom, manager of the Fox theater. Built in 1909 as the Bakersfield Opera House, by which name it was known for a score of years, the theater is owned by the Clinton E. Worden Company of San Francisco, owners of much property in and around Bakersfield. The new Nile theater will be built by the Worden Company, also, and will be leased to the Fox West Coast Theaters.

Under a revision of early plans merely to remodel the theater, it will be completely rebuilt in a modernized empire style of architecture. It will seat approximately 1000 people, all on one floor, with no balcony. This type theater is best for talking pictures. All interior walls and ceiling will be acoustically treated.

Nothing will be used from the old theater, said Mr. Cottom. Complete new projection equipment and seats will be bought. There will be four aisles, giving maximum ease of seating and maximum safety, and the rows will be amply spaced.

The new Nile will be in keeping with the latest trend in theater design, such as in theaters being built in all the large cities of the country. The Fox West Coast Theaters officials believe Bakersfield will grow to be a much larger city during terms of the lease, said Mr. Cottom.

The construction will be reinforced, fireproof and earthquake proof concrete. It will be an all-union job using all local labor, and 100 to 125 men will be employed upon it. The stores on each side of the theater will be modernized to conform to the new design.

Sixty tons of refrigeration equipment will be installed to provide air conditioning summer and winter.

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