Bijou Theatre

165 Jeppe Street,
Johannesburg

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Built in 1910 this was Johannesburg’s first super cinema complete with orchestra pit for silent movies.

Renovated in 1930 for talkies, the theatre was demolished in 1958 and an 18 storey office block was built on the site.

Contributed by Graeme McBain

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 20, 2014 at 2:27 pm

This web page says that the Bijou Bioscope was at 165-7 Jeppe Street, and was designed by the architectural firm of Kallenbach & Kennedy.

“Bioscope” was at one time the commonly used term for a cinema in the region.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 21, 2014 at 1:49 pm

This web page has dozens of photos of Johannesburg’s movie theaters, including a late photo (no earlier than 1955) of the Bijou, about ¼ of the way down the page.

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