270 S. Main Street,
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Previous Names: Auditorium
This theatre opened as the Auditorium (converted from a carriage/streetcar barn) in 1893 (the same year as the first Lyceum Theatre burned). It was renamed Bijou Theatre in 1903. It was primarily a legitimate theatre.
The building burned in 1911, and the Chisca Hotel still stands on the site, dating from 1913. Most theatres had film somewhere on the bill after 1910, but the Bijou Theatre’s main claim to cinema history is the first demonstration of the Cinematograph in 1896.
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