Regent Theatre

127 W. Michigan Avenue,
Lansing, MI 48933

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Previously operated by: W.S. Butterfield Theaters Inc.

Styles: Beaux-Arts

Previous Names: Bijou Theatre

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The Bijou Theatre was located at the corner of N. Washington Avenue and W. Michigan Avenue in the Oakland Building. The Bijou Theatre opened on April 8, 1907. It was remodelled in summer of 1920 and renamed Regent Theatre. The theatre ceased to exist when the Oakland Building was destroyed by fire on December 22, 1923.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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jiveturkey on August 2, 2004 at 8:03 am

The photo of the theatre is facing NE, in looking at the shadows. The theatre, to the best of my knowledge, was located on the NE corner of Wash/Mich. It was torn down many years ago and now an office building stands in its place. I think a bunch of lawyers practice out of there.

monika on April 29, 2009 at 5:31 pm

The correct zip code for the Bijou is 48933.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 28, 2012 at 12:13 pm

W. S. Butterfield was operating the Regent Theatre in Lansing by 1924, according to the August 25 issue of The Film Daily that year.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 18, 2014 at 8:04 am

This item is from the April 10, 1920, issue of Exhibitors Herald:

“LANSING. MICH. — The Bijou theatre is to be remodeled during the Summer season at a cost of $50,000 and reopened under the name of The Regent as soon as the work is finished, according to announcement made by W. S. Butterfield and Harold Bird of the Bird estate, who controls the property.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 10, 2018 at 2:43 pm

The Bijou Theatre originally opened at a location on East Ottawa Street in 1905, but moved into its new quarters in the Oakland Building in 1907. The new house was set to open on Monday, April 8, according to an article in the April 6, 1907, issue of The State Republican (scan at Flickr.) The address of the Oakland Building was 125-129 West Michigan Avenue. If the theater entrance was in the center bay its address must have been 127 W. Michigan.

The location of the Bijou was the southeast corner of West Michigan Avenue and South Capitol Avenue. The 1907 newspaper article mentions some of the theater’s emergency exits debouching onto Capitol Avenue. This web page has a postcard showing the Bijou building, and is captioned “South side Michigan Ave., between Capitol and Washington Aves., Lansing, Mich.” The grassy areas in the foreground were on the grounds of the State Capitol Building.

The fire which gutted and partly collapsed the Oakland Building took place in the early morning hours of December 22, 1923. After the ruins were demolished the 300-room Hotel Olds was built on the site. The hotel building, still standing, has been converted to offices for the State of Michigan and is called the George W. Romney Building.

DavidZornig on March 11, 2019 at 5:58 pm

Circa 1910 postcard of interior added courtesy Walter Jung.

DavidZornig on July 9, 2020 at 8:32 am

Grand Opening as Regent Theatre was September 1, 1921. August 27, 1921 article describing change from Bijou Theatre added credit The State Journal, courtesy Timothy Bowman.

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