1722-1726 Main Street,
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Previously operated by: Ascher Brothers Inc.
Marinette’s Bijou Theatre was built in 1905 for businessman Frank Lauerman as a combination general store and vaudeville house which sat just over 380. Within a few years, Lauerman began showing movies, replacing vaudeville acts, but the tiny venue was no match for larger theaters being constructed in Marinette.
By 1920, there were no less than eight movie theaters in operation in the twin cities of Marinette and Menominee, Michigan, and the Bijou Theatre closed down in 1924. It was converted into offices and retail space, which it amazingly still serves as today.
Also, the well-preserved Neo-Classical style Bijou Building, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993, is the only survivor of the handful of movie houses which put it out of business as theater.
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