Bijou Theatre

214 8th Street,
Augusta, GA 30901

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Previous Names: Wells' Bijou Theatre

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Bijou ad

Augusta, Georgia had a Bijou Theatre that operated sadly only during the silent movie days. Augusta it turns out had quite a few silent movie theatres to serve a city population close to 50,000 people. Some burned to the ground others just went dark. The Wells' Bijou Theatre was located above a restaurant.

Contributed by MikeRogers

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

TLSLOEWS on August 13, 2010 at 6:20 pm

This theatre has almost the same address as the Elite,wonder if it was the same theatre or next door?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 13, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Yeah, I noticed that too,The IMPERIAL and RIALTO were almost side by side on Broad Street in Augusta.In fact, They were closer than the ELITE and BIJOU were.Thanks.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on August 18, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Bijou means a jewel.

Anyone have more info or photos from a long time ago?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 14, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Just recently spent time in the Archieves of the Augusta Chroncile as far back as 1915 I could find no theatre ads at all.I know we had theatres,maybe they didn’t place ads or just put them in for special films?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 30, 2012 at 11:44 pm

no info yet,Probably have all there is on this theatre.

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on January 31, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Mike, I ran into the same problem here in Tampa. I was shocked to find no movie ads were published in the Tampa Tribune at all until just prior to 1920 as I recall. That would make it next to impossible to research local theatres that ran silent films. Who knows how many of these silent theatres we really had?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 4, 2012 at 3:42 am

Yep, it was into the 20’s here with ads.I think I nailed all of our theatres here.Thanks.

jawjahboy on April 10, 2024 at 3:25 am

Bijou was owned by Wells who also owned the Grand Opera and the Wells (later Imperial. The Bijou was located on 2nd floor in what was the Miller Walker Hall.

jawjahboy on April 10, 2024 at 3:36 am

Correction: the Bijou was at 214 over a restaurant. Source Augusta Herald ads from 1905 - 09 and Sanborn Fire Insurance Map

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