Shalimar Cinema

2610 Fondren Road,
Houston, TX 77063

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Previously operated by: Jerry Lewis Cinemas

Previous Names: Jerry Lewis Cinema, Bijou Theatre, Southwest Cinemas

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Located in the Pinney Point Shopping Plaza. This opened as a twin-screen Jerry Lewis Cinema on February 25, 1972 with Tom Laughlin in “Billy Jack” & Jennifer O'Neill in “Summer of ‘42”. On November 2, 1973 it was renamed Bijou Theatre playing repertory films, opening with Humphry Bogart in “The Maltese Falcon” & Orson Wells in “Citizen Kane”. This was short-lived and it was renamed Southwest Cinemas playing Chinese films. Again, a short-lived venture, it was renamed Shalimar Cinema, playing Bollywood films, which closed in 1984.

Contributed by Steven Domingue

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

markp on February 23, 2011 at 8:50 am

I am curious, this being a twin, if it was similar to the one my father and I worked at in New Jersey. One theatre had a blue color scheme, the other one red. The concession stand split the lobby in half, so patrons could not cross over. There was a complete set of restrooms in each lobby. Each of ours seated 300. The one we worked at opened in 1972 and closed in 1984.

LouB on February 23, 2011 at 11:44 am

The theatre in New Jersey sounds identical to the Jerry Lewis Cinema in Niagara Falls,NY. It is currently used as an OTB.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Jerry’s Bio,“DEAN and Me” he writes about his Twin Theatres and how they failed.

JoelWeide on February 23, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Following link, Thanks!!

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 26, 2011 at 8:40 am



The old address was I-10 East, that was pretty close.



SEATS: 550

Shalimar in 1984.

Opened February 25, 1972.

Closed 1984.

Owned by Mohawk Cinema Corp.

More info and photos are always welcome.

dallasmovietheaters on April 4, 2019 at 10:31 am

This automated twin-screen theater opened as the Jerry Lewis Cinema with “Billy Jack” and “Summer of ‘42” on February 25, 1972. Like many Jerry Lewis cinemas, this one changed names quickly. On November 2, 1973, it became the Bijou Theatre and tried repertory films. it tried again as Southwest Cinemas with Chinese-language films. It became the Shalimar Cinema finding an audience for Bollywood films before closing there in 1984.

rivest266 on November 10, 2022 at 12:04 pm

November 2nd, 1973 grand opening ad as Bijou posted.

rivest266 on November 10, 2022 at 12:06 pm

Also posted the Jerry Lewis cinema ad

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