1123 E. Commerce Street,
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Previously operated by: Bijou Amusement Company
Previous Names: Cameo Theatre, Cinne Arts Theatre
This very unique theatre, which was constructed in 1940, is located near St. Paul’s Square in downtown across from Sunset Station Depot. The Cameo Theatre was opened in 1941 as an African-American movie theatre, operated by the Bijou Amusement Company. The front of the theatre in its Art Deco style is what sets the theatre off. The upper portion was set in and came to a point at the top. On the upper portion there was a diamond pattern in two tone blue set against a darker blue background. The lower portion of the upper façade had two windows set in the center and in a dark royal blue.
There was a vertical sign with “Cameo” on it in the upper portion of the front façade. There was a strip of cream color that divided the upper and lower floors of the building and came to a slight V-shape over the entrance with the words “Cameo” on each side.
The main entrance was a dark blue color and there was a free standing box office. The portion along the lower front of the theatre was done in a checkered tile in red and white. The same with the lower section of the box office. The Cameo Theatre had a nice sized lobby and a single floor auditorium. The Art Deco style was maintained throughout the lobby and auditorium both in color scheme and lighting fixtures.
On April 17, 1970 it was renamed Cinne Arts Theatre, opening with “I Am Curious Yellow”.
Today the Cameo Theatre is called the Cameo Center and hosts live theatre, concerts, and special events.
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