Bijou Theater

28 Church Street,
New Haven, CT 06510

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Previously operated by: Loew's Inc., Loew's-Poli, Poli

Architects: Ferdinand Von Beren

Firms: Brown & Von Beren

Previous Names: Bijou Dream Theater, Poli's Bijou Theater, Loew's Poli-Bijou Theater

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Destruction of New Haven's Loew's Poli Bijou

The Bijou Dream Theater was opened by 1913. It was equipped with a Hall organ. I found a photo of the Bijou Theater dated around 1915. It was demolished in 1956.

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Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on September 19, 2005 at 4:34 pm

There’s still quite a few unlisted Connecticut theatres. See CinemaTour for a complete listing of all that I know.

shoeshoe14 on September 19, 2005 at 10:33 pm

Yes, I’ve noticed. I’m on there at least everyday. I was wondering why YOU didn’t put them in. But we all have lives, so that’s probably the answer.

shoeshoe14 on September 25, 2007 at 1:52 pm

There’s a picture of this theater on page 40 of Images of America: New Haven.

shoeshoe14 on November 20, 2008 at 2:23 pm

The third post on here with the link to the marquee is the exact same photo (with a different angle) that I saw yesterday at New Haven Union Station. If you are facing the escalators, walk to the left and along the wall you will find it at the end.

classictheaters on July 30, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Why the heck was this great movie palace torn down?? It was on the lot next to the former FIRST NATIONAL BANK building on Church Street. The lot is just a “green lawn” with nothing on it to this day!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 12, 2010 at 5:16 am

I’ve found a reference to Poli’s Bijou Theatre being in operation at least as early as 1913.

This essay about architect Ferdinand Von Beren, published in 1918, attributes the design of the Bijou to him.

His firm, Brown & Von Beren, also designed the Globe Theatre in Bridgeport, and in 1913 construction began on a Brown & Von Beren-designed Poli theater at Main and Gold streets in Hartford, though this project appears not to have been completed (it might have been completed several years later as Loew’s Poli, which is attributed to Thomas Lamb.)

barttjr on January 15, 2014 at 8:53 am

My father Bartolomeo Tammaro Sr was a projectionest in both the Bijou and the Poli across the street In fact he did the closing shows in both of them. This may also be of interest about the Bijou and the Poli There was a tunnel under Church street connecting the Bijou and the Poli’s heating and cooling systems. I was an usher in the Bijou and The Poli.

DavidZornig on April 14, 2015 at 9:04 pm

I just added a 1938 photo, that I believe is the same Bijou as this page. This was the only Loew Poli-Bijou I can find any record of. Please correct me if I am wrong, and I will add the photo to the correct CT page.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 4, 2018 at 3:26 pm

The house listed in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory as the Bijou Dream Theatre, 26 Church Street, was probably this one.

Scott on August 20, 2021 at 8:30 am

I believe this theatre was demolished in 1956 as part of an urban renewal project.

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