1670 Main Street,
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Architects: E.W. Maynard
Previous Names: Nelson Theatre, Fox Theatre, Fox's Springfield Theatre
The Nelson Theatre was opened in 1897, and in later years was located just south of Springfield’s mammoth Paramount Theatre on Main Street. It was renamed Fox Theatre in 1919 when it was taken over by William Fox (sometimes known as Fox’s Springfield Theatre). It was listed with 1,300 seats in 1926. In 1934 it was renamed Art Theatre.
For many years the Art Theatre hosted second run showings of Warner Brothers films which had played their first run engagements at the other SW house in Springfield (the Capitol Theatre) which was located several blocks away at the corner of Main Street and Bridge Street.
Closed since the 1950’s, a bank building now occupies the site of the Art Theatre.
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