Bijou Theatre

275 Fairfield Avenue,
Bridgeport, CT 06604

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bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on February 22, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Good to know. I know they’ve had a steady bunch of programming there including live shows.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on July 20, 2011 at 5:17 pm

I just went to the Bijou today to see some old Chaplin films. The theatre was gutted and rebuilt, but some old features such as the proscenium remain. This could be a great addition to downtown Bridgeport. My only problem was the parking is pricey. It cost me $7 to park in the garage across the street. BTW, the permanent seats are not in yet, but hopefully will arrive soon!

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on July 7, 2011 at 9:06 am

Finally! Great news. It opened today. I was there the other day and snapped pix. New neon signage and exterior with a box office and concessions stand. The big picture window is open with a new carpet, long draped table and it looks like it’s waiting for tons of people. 3 framed poster signs out front says, “Open Summer 2011”.

And the article: http://www.fairfieldweekly.com/news/connecticut/nm-ff28newsbijou-20110707,0,5745392.story

dctrig
dctrig on December 14, 2010 at 6:22 pm

I live in L.A. but have fond memories of patronizing the Rivoli in the 1950s and 1960s. One of the last movies I saw was “Mr Moses” in 1965. If I’m not mistaken we could hear bowling during the movie as there was an alley either adjacent or above the theater.

My mother remembered the upstairs ballroom as “Quilty’s”, in the 30s and 40s. It was a great location with Howlands, Sears, Barnum Hotel, Koenig’s Art Shop and a fresh food and meat market very close.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 16, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Here is a 1968 photo of the Rivoli.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on July 7, 2009 at 3:46 am

Hahaha – it has been opening “this summer” for the past five summers now.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on April 12, 2009 at 10:43 am

Okay. New update, Summer 2009. View link

As for the Bijou movie house, which dates to 1909, Mr. Kuchma says he has at last found a tenant for it. He was not prepared to give further details but said he was hopeful of a summer opening. (The theater already has one nonthespian tenant: its second-floor ballroom and viewing balcony house the architecture offices of Antinozzi Associates.)

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 25, 2008 at 8:43 pm

The latest news (from two months ago) is that instead of renovating this into a three screen complex by adding two more screens in other parts of the building it will be kept a one screen theatre with only the original auditorium due to financial reasons.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on February 10, 2008 at 2:23 pm

Still empty on the inside. A few posts ago it says it will open a few months after Two Boots opens, which was around Christmas. So April?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 9, 2008 at 1:24 pm

This website has alot of information about the Bijou Theater.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 22, 2007 at 8:51 pm

I have decided that this theatre will never reopen. Originally it was supposed to be like three years ago, but from what I’ve heard there has been NO renovation work at all done in the inside yet.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on September 26, 2007 at 11:13 pm

Passed by it the other day and it’s still under construction, but a nice sign is in the window talking about what will be offered there. I lost my notes but if I recall it was midnight matinees, stuff catering to all film buffs, soccer moms, etc. Documentaries, cult classics, etc.

There’s a picture of this on page 71 of Images of America: Bridgeport.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on August 14, 2007 at 7:07 pm

Rode by there last week. Still under construction.

rappi123
rappi123 on August 11, 2007 at 5:41 pm

the upper floors are now used for an architectuarl firm of about 20 people. it is a beautiful space, if you want more info emaol me at

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on June 20, 2007 at 3:09 pm

From the Fairfield Weekly last week.

Westport resident and documentary filmmaker Larry Locke announces plans to relocate his TV production and editing company from NYC to downtown Bridgeport’s Bijou Theatre this fall. Locke is producing a documentary about Beepo as seen through the eyes of the mayor’s office, which can only get more bizarrely Babylonic by the time it’s released in 2008.

PhilipHartman
PhilipHartman on May 1, 2007 at 6:04 am

Dear All,

Sorry it’s taken me so long to visit this site and read the comments about the Bijou…it’s been a long haul getting this project going and I appreciate your patience…renovating any old theater is hard, especially in an urban context riddled with decades of neglect; added to that is the fact that we’re also building a restaurant and a performance space, that it’s in two different buildings and that I, the owner, have been trying to complete a couple of other projects in the interim, and you can see why it’s taken so long. But it is finally happening! Two Boots of Bridgeport will open in the next few weeks, and the Bijou Theater a couple of months after that. The Bijou will have restoration of its original pressed tin cavorting nudes, a gorgeous event-space of a lobby, a full liquor license and two sky boxes up above with casual seating for large groups. We’ll program a combination of mainstream independents and off-beat cult films, and work with as many local organizations as possible — arts groups, ethnic organizations, gay/lesbian filmmakers, etc.
Please stay in touch, through Two Boots.com, or call us at 212-777-2668. We look forward to seeing you all up in Bridgeport soon!

Best,

Phil Hartman, Two Boots/Pioneer Theater/Bijou Theater, etc.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on April 29, 2007 at 12:12 pm

I know. It’s annoying.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on April 28, 2007 at 2:01 am

I’ll believe it when I see it. They’ve been saying for over 2 years that this theatre will open soon, and the date keeps getting pushed back.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on April 27, 2007 at 4:59 pm

Was mentioned again in the Weekly. New stage erected in Two Boots will open soon and as with his other Two Boots in the East Village, will offer music AND burlesque acts!

Bijou set to open sometime in summer.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on April 8, 2007 at 1:58 pm

I can’t find it in this week’s Weekly, but I read it. It’s still under renovation. Two Boots will be opening by this month’s end, though.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on June 28, 2006 at 4:55 pm

Anyone know when this will reopen? It has been a year since the original reopening date.

Jim Vecchio
Jim Vecchio on March 30, 2006 at 3:48 am

Throughout the fifties and into the seventies, Iknew this as THE RIVOLI. They had a program venue similar to that of the STRAND, with the shows changing three times weekly, and plenty of movie posters to dream about on the outside. The inside was unpretentious, but you always got your money’s worth. In the Sevenites, they changed to the STUDIO CINEMA, and added the Chaplin silhouette on the marquis. Then, it changed to the DOWNTOWN FAMILY CINEMA and quietly passed away. Hardly anyone wanted to go to that part of town anymore, let alone park your car nearby. One thing I remember is attending a showing in the seventies, and in the coming previews, there was a trailer of “Godzilla Vs The Thing”. The narrator began the trailer with, “It started out innocently, as a giant egg…” My friend turned to me and said, “How can a giant egg be innocent?”

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on January 23, 2006 at 10:05 am

Shortly. It was just mentioned in this week’s Fairfield Weekly article on Phil Kuchma. View link

“The Bijou, the oldest independent movie theater in the country, and the upstairs ballroom next door, once known as Colonial Hall, are architecturally interesting places worth preserving. And he’s adamant that the interior of the ballroom space remain intact, with its large windows, balconies and chandeliers—a place that has not seen renovation in 40 years and may become home to a new catering hall. The Bijou, an independent movie venue; the Spotless Mind Café, a bar and eatery; and Two Boots Roadhouse, a music hall and restaurant, are all being designed by renowned architects who will maintain the beauty of the brick facades while bringing the interiors into the 21st century.

While watching movies at the new Bijou, patrons will drink creative (even alcoholic) milkshakes and specialty drinks, and relax on couches and loveseats in a raised lounge area behind the traditional theater seats."