Bijou Theatre

62 Monroe Street,
Detroit, MI 48226

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The Cent Odeon opened in early 1906, as a nickelodeon, not long after the city’s first nickelodeon, just down Monroe, Detroit’s first theater row. Designed by the firm of Mildner and Eisen, it could seat just over 300.

In 1908, it was renamed the Bijou, and its auditorium moved from the second to the first floor during a remodeling of the interior.

Over the decades, as the city’s movie houses moved from Monroe to Grand Circus Park, along Woodward, the Bijou continued to thrive. It graduated to feature films, to sound films, and finally to widescreen films. In 1966, it received another new name, the New Gayety, and in two years, yet another name, the Ciné X, when it switched to pornographic films.

The theater closed in the mid-70s, having one of the longest runs of any of the downtown theaters. It has since been demolished.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 24, 2007 at 1:05 pm

This website has a 1950s photo showing the location of the Bijou Theater. Aka names given are Cent Odeon, New Gaiety, Cine X.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 14, 2012 at 10:44 pm

A March, 1914, item in The Moving Picture World has a different address for a Bijou Theatre that was still upstairs:

“Three upstairs theaters — the Jewel, 30 Michigan avenue; the Bijou, 24 Monroe avenue; and the Avenue, 996 Michigan avenue — in Detroit were ordered closed by the state fire marshal.”

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 14, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Here is a picture of the building as of 1989.

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