Bijou Theatre

38 East Fifth Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Built on Fountain Square in 1908 by Ike Libson, who came from Pittsburgh,PA. He got his early start in the movie business under the guidance of the Davis-Harris Chain and their Amusement Park and Theatres. It was an early nickelodeon which remained a silent house up to 1934 when it was closed.

Contributed by hank sykes

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hanksykes
hanksykes on April 18, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Fountain Square was where Marcus Loew got his start with his first nickelodeon called the Hippodrome and Peoples Arcade and Theatre in 1906.

hanksykes
hanksykes on May 13, 2009 at 6:10 pm

The Bijou of 1908 and the earlier Gayety-Star -Hippodrome of 1906 ,both became sound movie houses in 1930 ,that’s four years before they were both closed by Ike Libson.Today a Fifth Third Bank occupies their footprint.

hanksykes
hanksykes on May 14, 2013 at 6:57 pm

This store site started as ,“The Trip To California”, entertainment building in 1906.A travelogue situated inside a scenic railroad car.

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