Bijou Theater

640-48 Hampshire Street,
Quincy, IL 62301

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This theater opened January 16, 1905 on Hampshire Street, Quincy’s “Theatre Row”. It closed in 1949, and has been demolished. A bank sits on the site today.

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sybella26 on June 13, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Before it closed the name was changed to the Quincy. I know it was open at least until 1954, because I went there with Tommy Holford to see a movie and we ran out scared when bats started flying….Pat McCormick

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 26, 2016 at 2:28 am

The May 15, 1910, issue of The Nickelodeon said that the Bijou Theatre in Quincy would be conducted as a motion picture theater during the summer months. The Bijou opened on January 16, 1905, according to the caption of an early 20th century photo of Hampshire Street at the Illinois Digital Archives. The photo is supposed to include the Bijou, but I certainly can’t make it out.

robboehm on March 26, 2016 at 12:41 pm

Disagree with sybella26. The actual Quincy, see elsewhere on CT, was down the street at 521.

I found a reference in the Do You Remember collection of the University of Illinois which said the Bijou was opened by Messrs. Patrick and McConnell. The initial program consisted of five acts of vaudeville, an illustrated screen song and a moving picture.

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