West Market Street,
Athens, AL 35611

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CSWalczak on June 10, 2012 at 3:27 am

I am loathe to disagree, but I still think the two theaters may well have occupied the same building. Both theaters were in the 200 block of W. Market. I am not a betting man, but if I were, I think the nickelodeon may have occupied the building on the first floor and became retail space or something else when the Dixie was purpose-built as a theater when the second story was added.

BTW, some nickelodeons, especially in larger cities, were purpose-built and had a certain elegance for their time with outer lobbies and theater seating, even a stage for small-time variety acts. San Francisco and New York especially had several of these.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm

C, I don’t think so, nickelodeons began in about 1905 and started to decline in about 1913. They were in converted storefronts and you sat on wood benches. The Dixie was built as a theatre in 1915 on the second floor.

CSWalczak on June 9, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Ah, Bob, you already listed this theater here on CT as the Dixie just a little while ago.