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 11:29 am

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 12:10 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 12:57 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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