Bijou Theatre
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Restoration of a Grand Venue
The Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee was built in 1909. Originally built as an addition to the Lamar House Hotel, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, the theater has had a lengthy and colorful history. In the 200+ years since its construction, the Bijou has offered up entertainment in various forms from the more traditional theatre productions to vaudeville shows. During the decline of live theatre the Bijou survived by transforming into a budget movie theater and even a stint as a venue for “adults only” cinematography. In 2006, after years of neglect and several partial and failed renovations, the Bijou Theatre held a grand reopening and featured the premiere of the documentary "Bijou Theatre: Gem of the South," by DoubleJay Creative. Today it is once again considered a preferred venue for contemporary acts.
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