Bijou Theatre

225 S. Main Street,
Monmouth, IL 61462

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LouRugani
LouRugani on August 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm

George Howard had two Bijou theaters, the first on the west side of the 200 block on South Main St. which was earlier a roller skating rink, and there were theater owners before and after Mr. Howard had it.

He was born in Florence, Kansas on, Jun 28, 1890, and later lived in Little York, but died on Jan. 28, 1973 at San Rafael, Calif., where he’d gone after the death of his second wife on Dec. 24, 1972.

He’d worked as a cigar maker at Fairfield, Iowa in 1910, and it seems that he had the winning ticket on the lottery which won him about $1,200. With that, he came to Monmouth early in 1911, intending to buy the Lyric theater, then in the Quinby building, later the Elks building east of the Monmouth public square. That deal didn’t go through, and he bought the Bijou Theater, which prospered and so he erected a new building with the theater within.

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spacedyevest
spacedyevest on August 31, 2007 at 2:44 pm

I am the current operator of the Bijou Pub. I would love to have any old pictures of the building when it was a theater!