45 Millbury Street,
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An Italian immigrant, Fred Fedeli, along with his brother and his cousin saved up $1,800 and leased the Bijou Theater from someone Mr. Fedeli called “Lawyer Katz”.
They played silent films there. In 1918 they were approached by a man who said he was going to build a new theater across the street. They thought they were going to have competition, but the man actually wanted them to run it. They got a ten year lease on this new “Rialto” theater and before the lease was up they had bought it.
The Bijou Theatre was later turned into a five-and-dime store and as of 1978 the building was still there. From what I gather, it sounds like both the old Bijou Theatre and the Rialto Theatre were located at Eighth and Millbury Street in what was at the time a working-class immigrant neighborhood.
The Rialto Theatre was still operating in 1950. Today only face and front section of the building remains and is in retail use.
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