Bijou Theatre (Boston)

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The Bijou Theatre (1882–1943) in Boston, Massachusetts, occupied the second floor of no. 545 Washington Street near today's Theatre District.[1][2] Architect George Wetherell designed the space, described by a contemporary reviewer as "dainty."[3][4] Proprietors included Edward Hastings, George Tyler, and B.F. Keith.[5][6] Around the 1900s, it featured a "staircase of heavy glass under which flowed an illuminated waterfall."[7] The Bijou "closed 31 December 1943 and was razed in 1951."[8] The building's facade still exists.[9]


Variant names[edit]

  • Bijou Opera House[10]
  • Bijou Dream Theatre[11]
  • B.F. Keith's Bijou Theatre[8]
  • RKO Bijou Theatre[8][12]
  • Intown Theatre[8]


  1. ^ Boston Almanac and Business Directory. 1887, 1891, 1894
  2. ^ Charles Baxton (1884), Boston and the Back Bay, Boston, Mass: Reed & Lincoln 
  3. ^ Richard Herndon (1892), Boston of To-Day, Boston: Post Pub. Co., OCLC 4430662 
  4. ^ U.S. Dept. of the Interior. National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: [ Boston Theatre Multiple Resource Area]. 1979. Retrieved 2012-03-16
  5. ^ Historical review of the Boston Bijou Theatre: with the original casts of all the operas that have been produced at the Bijou, Boston: Edward O. Skelton, 1884 
  6. ^ "A High-Class Motion Picture House." Photo-Era v.27, no.2, August 1911
  7. ^ Boston Opera House. The Boston Opera House Site. Retrieved 2012-03-16
  8. ^ a b c d Frank Cullen. Vaudeville old & new: an encyclopedia of variety performances in America. NY: Routledge, 2004
  9. ^ Adams House Annex, no.543-547 Washington Street, Boston, USA. "Facade built 1858-1850; interior completely remodeled 1881-82." Boston Redevelopment Authority. (1987), Midtown cultural district plan: historic building survey 
  10. ^ Wilson's annual reference book ... Greater Boston, [Boston?], 1904 
  11. ^ Clark's Boston Blue Book, 1909
  12. ^ Life, Jan. 10, 1938

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Coordinates: 42°21′15.52″N 71°3′44.26″W / 42.3543111°N 71.0622944°W / 42.3543111; -71.0622944