Bijou Theatre

417 E. Broadway Street,
Monett, MO 65708

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Bijou - Monett, MO

The Bijou Theatre was a silent-era small storefront theatre on Broadway in downtown Monett, MO. An advertisement found in The Monett Times of October 14, 1910 shows a program of vaudeville and movies. It was still open in 1914.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 22, 2018 at 7:35 pm

The Bijou operated two locations. The February 12, 1915, issue of The Monett Times said the the Bijou’s owner, W. S. Sevier, had leased two buildings on Broadway and planned to throw them together, while also extending them at the rear to create a theater of 50x100 feet. The Bijou had moved into its new quarters by April.

I am assuming that the address 417 E. Broadway was for the first Bijou, as the description doesn’t indicate that it contains any information later than 1914. The second Bijou was remodeled in 1920, and I suspect that it was the house that became the Rialto, for reasons I will put in a comment on the Rialto’s page.

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