Bijou Theatre - Jackson MI

Address: 130 W Michigan Ave
City: Jackson
State: MI
Zip: 49201
County: Jackson
Owner History:
Theater Type: Neighborhood House
Number of visits to this page: 3377
General Information:

Source: Joe Vogel

The Bijou was the same theater as the Regent. The Theatre Historical Society says that the Bijou Theatre moved to the site of the Hibbard Opera House in 1908, was renamed the Regent Theatre in 1920, closed in the late 1940s, and the building was demolished around 1950. The theater was at the corner of Francis and Cortland Streets. The Hibbard Opera House, originally dating from 1882, suffered three fires over the years, and was almost completely destroyed by one in 1897.

Old photos of the Hibbard show the same distinctive arches that are seen in the photos of the Bijou and the Regent, but at some point a fancy cornice and decorative towers were removed, probably in the rebuilding after the 1897 fire. The Bijou is mentioned in a history of Michigan published in 1915. It said that Frank Robert Lampman had been manager of the Bjou for the last six years. The Bijou is also mentioned in a few issues of The Billboard in the 1900s-1910s. The Jackson District Library has a couple of photos of the Hibbard Opera House.

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