124-26 East First Street,
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The Bijou was Flint’s first vaudeville house and was developed by Col. Walter S. Butterfield. Col. Butterfield converted two storefronts in 1905 into a theater. It was remodeled and/or renovated in 1909, 1910 and 1913. A 1915 remodeling also gave it a new name, the Garden Theatre, which added motion pictures to the program.
Its seating capacity was expanded to 1,080 in 1917 and was converted to talkies with both Vitaphone and Movietone in 1929. The first talkie shown at the Garden Theatre was “The Wild Party” starring Clara Bow. It was torn down in 1939 to make way for the new Garden Theatre.
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