Bijou Theatre

Reclamation Ground,
Hong Kong

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The pre-20th century Bijou Theatre was situated on the reclamation ground in West Point (also known as West Praya) near Central District on Hong Kong Island. It was probably a temporary structure erected on the newly reclaimed land.

The theatre opened to business on 28th January, 1899 with the performance of D'Arc’s marionettes. According to its advertisement published by the Hong Kong Telegraph on 28th January, 1899, “The overtures and incidental music executed on a magnificent concert grand
piano by Steinway & Sons specially manufactured for D'Arc’s Marionettes”.

From late February until the theatre closed on 26th March, 1899, short films were included in the programme. Among the films shown at the theatre included Spanish-American War, Jerusalem, the Fillipino Donkey, Santiago by Night, The bombardment of the Spanish Forts, The Sinking of the Merrimac, Lieut. Hobson’s
Escape, The Meeting of the rival squadrons, The destruction of the Spanish fleet off Santiago Harbour etc.

Contributed by Raymond Lo
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