Bijou Cinema 8

2035 Wade Hampton Boulevard,
Greenville, SC 29615

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The Bijou Cinema was open on June 3, 1976 as a 4-screen theatre. In 1977 another four screens were added. It was a Litchfield Theatre from 1983 thru 1993. followed by United Artists until closing on June 3, 2001, and was soon demolished.

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Bigmack
Bigmack on August 5, 2013 at 1:29 pm

The Bijou Cinemas opened on the 3rd of June 1976 with “The Ode To Billy Joe” and “Whale of A Tale”. It was only 4 screens at the time, the next summer we opened screens 5 & 6, 7 & 8 were added around 1984. I was projectionist there from opening until 1981, I returned in 1991 as the GM to replace my Father in law, Paul Cook, who semi retired. It was closed and demolished June 3, 2001, exactly 25 years to the day that it opened. Mr.Cook was there for all of the 25 years.

GLG
GLG on August 18, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Not sure about that picture. Wade Hampton High School was always right on the backexitdoors of the Bijou.. Thanks for posting.

gjturner
gjturner on November 20, 2014 at 12:55 pm

THE BIJOU CINEMAS HAD THE FOLLOWING SEATING:

1: 388

2: 244

3: 256

4: 168

5: 344

6: 264

7: 398

8: 238

gjturner
gjturner on December 2, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Mr. Cook was a wonderful individual to work for. He knew everybody who was anybody in Greenville, SC. Knowing him opened a lot of doors for a lot of people. He could draw theatre ads like know one else I ever have ever seen before. His ads were not the carnival barker type “hook'em and rook'em” stuff. They were class all the way. I believe his family values stood in the way of him being in a booking and advertising office. Plus, He loved the front lines of the theatre business.

I learned from him to be on the floor and accessible to employees and customers at showtime. I was so sorry to hear that he had passed away.

It’s 6:00 PM right now Mr. C, “go get'em.”

A great theatre man that they don’t make anymore!

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