Shalimar Cinema

2601 Fondren Road,
Houston, TX 77024

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This opened as a rwin-screen Jerry Lewis Cinema on February 25, 1972 with Tom Laughlin in “Billy Jack” & Jennifer O'Neill in “Summer of ‘42”. On November 2, 1973 it was renamed Bijou Theatre playing repertory films. This was short lived and it was renamed Southwest Cinemas playing Chinese films. Again a short lived venture, it was renamed Shalimar Cinema, playing Bollywood films, which closed in 1984.

Contributed by Steven Domingue

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markp
markp on February 23, 2011 at 6:50 am

I am curious, this being a twin, if it was similar to the one my father and I worked at in New Jersey. One theatre had a blue color scheme, the other one red. The concession stand split the lobby in half, so patrons could not cross over. There was a complete set of restrooms in each lobby. Each of ours seated 300. The one we worked at opened in 1972 and closed in 1984.

LouB
LouB on February 23, 2011 at 9:44 am

The theatre in New Jersey sounds identical to the Jerry Lewis Cinema in Niagara Falls,NY. It is currently used as an OTB.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 23, 2011 at 11:10 am

Jerry’s Bio,“DEAN and Me” he writes about his Twin Theatres and how they failed.

JoelWeide
JoelWeide on February 23, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Following link, Thanks!!

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 26, 2011 at 6:40 am

PLEASE CHANGE ADDRESS TO:

2610 FONDREN ROAD

The old address was I-10 East, that was pretty close.

AKA:

BIJOU, SOUTHWEST, SHALIMAR

SEATS: 550

Shalimar in 1984.

Opened February 25, 1972.

Closed 1984.

Owned by Mohawk Cinema Corp.

More info and photos are always welcome.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on April 4, 2019 at 8:31 am

This automated twin-screen theater opened as the Jerry Lewis Cinema with “Billy Jack” and “Summer of ‘42” on February 25, 1972. Like many Jerry Lewis cinemas, this one changed names quickly. On November 2, 1973, it became the Bijou Theatre and tried repertory films. it tried again as Southwest Cinemas with Chinese-language films. It became the Shalimar Cinema finding an audience for Bollywood films before closing there in 1984.

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