Bijou Theatre

N. 8th Street and Race Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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This was the second Bijou Theatre to open in Philadelphia, and was the first of two B.F. Keith’s vaudeville theatres to open in the city. Keith’s Bijou Theatre was opened November 4, 1889, and it was located at the northeast corner of N. 8th Street and Race Street. On December 25, 1895, Keith’s Bijou Theatre showed the first ever films in Philadelphia. From 1896 films became part of the vaudeville program. In 1928 and 1929 the Bijou Theatre had converted to full time cinema use. It soon went back to live theatre, presenting burlesque, and was closed in 1967.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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RickB
RickB on June 8, 2014 at 5:40 pm

I doubt that any theater in this area actually stayed in operation as late as 1967. When I was a kid (mid ‘60s to early '70s), the buses we rode on field trips to museums or the zoo had to come through here to take us home. It was on the edge of skid row, and it was just a mass of big old creepy buildings that looked like they had been abandoned for a very long time.

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