Bijou Theater

28 Church Street,
New Haven, CT 06510

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I found a photo of the Bijou Theater dated around 1915.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on September 19, 2005 at 2:34 pm

There’s still quite a few unlisted Connecticut theatres. See CinemaTour for a complete listing of all that I know.

shoeshoe14 on September 19, 2005 at 8:33 pm

Yes, I’ve noticed. I’m on there at least everyday. I was wondering why YOU didn’t put them in. But we all have lives, so that’s probably the answer.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 14, 2007 at 7:08 am

A Midmer-Losh theater organ was installed in the Bijou Theater in 1921.

shoeshoe14 on September 25, 2007 at 11:52 am

There’s a picture of this theater on page 40 of Images of America: New Haven.

shoeshoe14 on November 20, 2008 at 12:23 pm

The third post on here with the link to the marquee is the exact same photo (with a different angle) that I saw yesterday at New Haven Union Station. If you are facing the escalators, walk to the left and along the wall you will find it at the end.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 7, 2009 at 11:26 am

This is an updated link to the 1915 photo in the related websites link above which doesn’t seem to be working.

classictheaters on July 30, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Why the heck was this great movie palace torn down?? It was on the lot next to the former FIRST NATIONAL BANK building on Church Street. The lot is just a “green lawn” with nothing on it to this day!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 12, 2010 at 3:16 am

I’ve found a reference to Poli’s Bijou Theatre being in operation at least as early as 1913.

This essay about architect Ferdinand Von Beren, published in 1918, attributes the design of the Bijou to him.

His firm, Brown & Von Beren, also designed the Globe Theatre in Bridgeport, and in 1913 construction began on a Brown & Von Beren-designed Poli theater at Main and Gold streets in Hartford, though this project appears not to have been completed (it might have been completed several years later as Loew’s Poli, which is attributed to Thomas Lamb.)

Tinseltoes on July 12, 2012 at 6:50 am

Photo of 1955 demolition can be seen at bottom of this page: boxoffice

barttjr on January 15, 2014 at 6:53 am

My father Bartolomeo Tammaro Sr was a projectionest in both the Bijou and the Poli across the street In fact he did the closing shows in both of them. This may also be of interest about the Bijou and the Poli There was a tunnel under Church street connecting the Bijou and the Poli’s heating and cooling systems. I was an usher in the Bijou and The Poli.

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