423 4th Avenue North,
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Built on the site of the former Adelphi/Grand Opera House, the Bijou Theatre was the Nashville flagship of the Bijou Amusement Company, one of the first African American theatre chains in the south. It was opened September 14, 1904. From 1923 to 1925 Bessie Smith appeared regularly at the Bijou Theatre. Ethel Waters also appeared here and in the 1930’s Count Basie performed on the stage. For close to forty years, the theatre featured both live performance and film until it was razed in 1957 for construction of the new Municipal Auditorium.
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