1809 Broadway Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Frisina Amusement Company
Firms: Barnes & Anderson
Previous Names: Bijou Theatre, Strand Theatre
Edward Clarke (who operated the theatre in partnership with Dominic Frisina and Antonio Bianchi) built the Clarke Theatre in 1936 in the old Bijou Theatre space. The Bijou Theatre dated back to 1908. Clarke also owned the Time Theatre (built on the site of the Grand Theatre) and the Mattoon Theatre. The Bijou Theatre was renamed Strand Theatre on July 31, 1917. In 1936 it was rebuilt/remodeled and reopened as the Clarke Theatre on December 31, 1936.
After the Clarke Theatre’s closing in the 1960’s, the building was heavily remodeled, and it became home to the Upchurch Group, an architectural and engineering firm. With the Upchurch Group’s recent departure from the building, there are currently plans to convert the Upchurch Building into a restaurant.
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