Bijou Theatre

206 Broadway,
Farmington, ME 04938

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Bijou Theatre

The Bijou Theatre was a small storefront nickelodeon owned and managed by Fred M. Foss. It opened in 1911 in the Saving Bank Hall. It was still listed as open in the American Motion Picture Directory 1914/1915 (as was the Music Hall Theater on Broadway), but date it closed isn’t known. It was definitely out of business by 1920, when Foss left town, but it likely closed not long after the Music Hall Theater began showing movies in 1913.

Contributed by W. Dustin Alligood

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SilentMaine on January 4, 2016 at 7:05 pm

Ah, I figure it was on upper Broadway. The Savings Bank Block is the building next door to Reny’s, formerly the Music Hall Theatre. If it was in the Savings Bank Block, then I’m almost certain it was at 206 Broadway and that Foss leased the storefront from S.O. Tarbox.

Richard Mallet’s book “The Last Hundred Years” (a history of the town) mentioned that the storefront the Bijou was in would later be resued as the office for the power company. Jabez Currier Tarbox, who was co-owner of the Music Hall, had a brother, Samuel Orland. Samuel owned a general merchandise store next door to the Music Hall at 206 Broadway and he would later become the president of the Farmington Power Company.

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