Bijou Theatre

112 E. Broughton Street,
Savannah, GA 31322

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Bijou Theatre 1948. Photo courtesy of Lincoln Land Facebook page.

The Bijou Theatre was opened December 25, 1909. It was later owned by Lucas Theatres. It was still open in 1952, but had closed by 1955.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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SidKCols on May 6, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Another theater in Savannah with the auditorium across the lane in the back(now a parking lot).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 10, 2018 at 12:39 pm

The opening of the Bijou was noted in the January 8, 1910 issue of The New York Dramatic Mirror:

“SAVANNAH.—BIJOU R. G. Herndon, mgr.) : The new Bijou was auspiciously opened Dec. 25 with a presentation of When We Were Twenty-One: the new theatre is modern in every respect and the management has taken pains to look after every comfort of patrons: the decorations both interior and exterior are very handsome : there are two entrances, one on Broughton and one on Congress street; for the present Schiller’s Stock co. will present standard plays at popular prices.”
The Bijou was listed in the 1912-1913 Cahn guide, and in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory. Over the years it served as a legitimate theater, a movie house and a vaudeville theater, and was for a time part of the B. F.Keith circuit.

Given the name Bijou it’s possible that the house was originally built for Jake Wells' Bijou circuit, as Wells was planning to build a new theater in Savannah in 1909, according to the June 10 issue of Manufacturers' Record.

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