Bijou Theatre

112 E. Broughton Street,
Savannah, GA 31322

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Previously operated by: Keith-Albee, Lucas Theaters, Wilmer & Vincent Corp.

Functions: Retail

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Bijou Theatre 1948. Photo courtesy of Lincoln Land Facebook page.

The Bijou Theatre was opened December 25, 1909. By 1926 it was operated by Wilmer & Vincent Corp. It was later owned by Lucas Theatres. It was still open in 1952, but had closed by 1955.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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SidKCols on May 6, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Another theater in Savannah with the auditorium across the lane in the back(now a parking lot).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 10, 2018 at 12:39 pm

The opening of the Bijou was noted in the January 8, 1910 issue of The New York Dramatic Mirror:

“SAVANNAH.—BIJOU R. G. Herndon, mgr.) : The new Bijou was auspiciously opened Dec. 25 with a presentation of When We Were Twenty-One: the new theatre is modern in every respect and the management has taken pains to look after every comfort of patrons: the decorations both interior and exterior are very handsome : there are two entrances, one on Broughton and one on Congress street; for the present Schiller’s Stock co. will present standard plays at popular prices.”
The Bijou was listed in the 1912-1913 Cahn guide, and in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory. Over the years it served as a legitimate theater, a movie house and a vaudeville theater, and was for a time part of the B. F.Keith circuit.

Given the name Bijou it’s possible that the house was originally built for Jake Wells' Bijou circuit, as Wells was planning to build a new theater in Savannah in 1909, according to the June 10 issue of Manufacturers' Record.

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