When is it possible to use 'near to' instead of 'near'?

Eg., He lives near/to/ a theatre.

Hello, I think in that sentence, near is fine: He lives near a theatre.
I believe it's grammatical to say near the theatre or close to the theatre.
To is sometimes necessary, in certain situations:
-Don't go near to the fire.
-This is the nearest to what you want.
-We're getting near to New Year's Eve.

Near to is used mainly in British English ;see http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/near_1