Nelson Theatre

5956 Main Street,
Mount Jackson, VA 22842

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Architects: J.R. Mims

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Nelson Theatre

The owner was Burgess E. Nelson who built the Nelson Theatre on the site of a previous theatre that had been destroyed by a fire. It opened in 1946, the Nelson Theatre was one of those fondly remembered post-World War II, small town cinemas: black Carrara glass store-fronts on either side of a tiny free standing box office, a yellow brick second story with a glass block hint at Art Deco style, a tiny triangle marquee with the words “Air Conditioned” more prominent than the name of the theatre.

The architect was J. R. Mims who created a nice little hall for $30,000. The lobby featured two elegant murals in Moderne style. The auditorium was simple, but included a small cantilevered balcony and several layers of drapery around the proscenium.

In late-2013, restoration work began, with a view to reopening the Nelson Theatre.

Contributed by Will Dunklin

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

kencmcintyre on March 18, 2007 at 3:24 pm

Here is a 1948 photo. Apologies for the poor quality:

landjb123 on November 19, 2013 at 2:46 am

The Nelson Theatre is under new ownership and currently going through renovation for re-opening.

landjb123 on July 14, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Interior renovation has started on the lobby, concession area.

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