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Hey Jerlow, You must remember the Grand theater. Reuben
I do not remember the first Bijou that was replaced by the Roxy but I am very familiar with the Roxy. I saw a lot of cowboy movies and Saturday serials as a little boy (mid-1940’s). The Roxy theater got very rundown and your feet would stick to the floor from all of the soft drinks and ice cream that had been spilled. The cotton stuffing was coming out of the seats at the end when it was mercifully put to rest. Lots of good boyhood memories there though. The Bijou on the other side of the street is positively a 2xx EAST Main Street address as the numbers started in the 100 series at Court Street and the Bijou was on the second block from Court Street. I graduated in the second class out of Mt. Whitney so it is possible that I knew RAGNAR. Also my best friend Freddie Kelm was an usher at the Fox Theater. The Bijou had a concession stand that faced the street. You could actually walk by and buy a treat without buying a ticket or going inside the theater.
The Bijou Theater was on the north side of Main Street a half block east of the Hotel Johnson. That would put it across the street from Vic’s Cafe, a well known landmark. I don’t know when it closed or what took it’s place. The last movie I saw there was High Noon with Gary Cooper, 1952
Hometown, Visalia, CA