253 N. 8th Street,
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The Bijou Theater was opened in 1877 and was designed by the Wilson Brothers. Not to be confused with the second Bijou Theatre in Philadelphia which was opened in 1889 on N. 8th Street and Race Street and operated by B.F. Keith presenting vaudeville.
This first Bijou Theater was renamed Forepaugh’s Theater in 1884. The Forepaugh’s Theater, was operated by a theatrical family of the same name, and presented legitimate theatre and repertory theater for many years.
By 1941, it had become a movie theatre, and was closed in 1955. It was converted into retail use and demolished in 1960.
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