The Nile Theater opened as the Valley’s first movie house in 1924 in Downtown Mesa. On September 2nd, 1924, this former movie house opened with “The Fighting American” (aka The Fighting Adventurer) starring Pat O’Malley & Mary Astor. For more than 27 years, The Nile Theater was the life-blood of entertainment in downtown Mesa. Over those 27 years, Universal Pictures and Paramount Pictures both had an ownership stake in The Nile, until it closed in 1951.
For many years after the The Nile Theater closed, it functioned as a clothing store, a nightclub, a dinner theater, a church, and other retail businesses util it reopened as a music venue in 1994. The Nile Theater had a colorful history between 1994 and 2002 wh...en the venue closed, but during those years The Nile saw the rise of many puck rock, metal, rock and alternative bands that played in the theater.
Reopened in 2010 under the management of Mantooth Group (Now known as Nile Presents) the new Nile Theater has shamelessly taking the Arizona music scene by storm. Sine the re-opening in 2010, The Nile has added a coffee shop and vegan eatery (The Shop) in the front room, a bar in the main theater and in the shop, and will be going through a renovation of the facade of the building in Spring of 2018 to bring back the historic character of the exterior of the building. Today the Nile Theater is a thriving all ages venue with three rooms, catering to many music communities and events. For booking inquiries or any other questions please go the the Rent The Nile page.
When we reopened The Nile in 2010, we had a vision to make this a special place where people gathered, where the community came together, and where every person felt accepted. This meant that we had to pay special attention to the needs of the community, and that community is at the core of everything we do.