Bijou Theatre

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For other theatres of the same name, see Bijou (disambiguation).

Two Broadway theatres have been named the Bijou Theatre.

The first was converted into a theatre in 1878 and rebuilt in 1883. It was often called the Bijou Opera House and was located at 1239 Broadway. It was also sometimes called The Brighton Theatre. It became a popular venue for operettas in the 1880s under the management of the McCaull Comic Opera Company. It later was used as a silent movie house, and was demolished in 1915.[1][2]

The second Bijou Theatre was built by the Shubert family in 1917 at 209 W. 45th Street in New York City.[3][4] It was one of three theatres that hosted the premiere season of the musical Fancy Free—but primarily it presented plays by many writers, including Sacha Guitry, John Galsworthy, A. A. Milne, James M. Barrie, Herman J. Mankiewicz, Leslie Howard, Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen, Luigi Pirandello, Graham Greene, Eugene O'Neill, William Saroyan, and Sean O’Casey.

In 1950, as the Bijou, it hosted one film, Cyrano de Bergerac, starring Jose Ferrer.[5]

In 1951, it became a CBS radio studio, then—as the D.W. Griffith Theatre—it presented art films. It was reinstated as the Bijou Theatre in 1965, but was demolished in 1982 to make room for the Marriott Marquis Hotel.


  1. ^ Kenrick, John. "Bijou Opera House", website, accessed July 22, 2014
  2. ^ "Bijou Theatre", Internet Broadway Database website, accessed July 22, 2014
  3. ^ "Toho Cinema", Internet Broadway Database website, accessed July 22, 2014
  4. ^ "Bijou Theatre", Cinema Treasures website, accessed July 22, 2014
  5. ^ Crowther, Bosley. "Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)". The New York Times. November 17, 1950, accessed July 22, 2014

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