This Historic Bijou Theatre Is The Only Indoor Theater Open For 300 Miles

Bojou Theatre off Highway 101 / Photo courtesy of Cinema Treasures

It’s the simple things we miss, like going out on a Friday night and taking the kids to see the latest flick in a theater. For those who are looking for something to do and will be on the Oregon coast area, you may be happy to know the Bijou Theatre in Lincoln City is open.

The indoor theater opened June 3, 1937, and is even said to be the only one open for 300 miles. On the marquee that opening day was the movie Personal Property, starring Jean Harlow.

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Lakeside Theatre, 1937 – Oceanlake, Lincoln City.

According to the North Lincoln County Historical Museum, it was originally known as the Lakeside Theater.

“The theater had 270 seats and movies were 35 cents for adults and 10 cents for kids,” the museum writes. “The ownership changed several times and some of the Art Deco details were covered with a particleboard facade. In the 1980’s the theater was renamed The Bijou (French for ‘Jewel’) and was remodeled to have more seating and transformed back to its Art Deco roots. In 1996, the current owners, Keith and Betsy Altomare bought the Bijou and have made great improvements to the theater’s signage/marquee. Thanks to the hard work of the owners and theater-goers alike, The Bijou Theater is still going strong today.”

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Residents and visitors gather at the Bijou Theatre in Lincoln City; photo courtesy the Bijou Theatre

The theater, now a venue for film festivals and art films, has both 35mm and 16mm projection equipment. You will find your typical snacks in the lobby before entering the theater. Last weekend, we were able to see Wonder Woman 1984. Not only was it a great movie, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. It’s been over a year since we sat down for a movie!

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Who wants popcorn? Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor

Safety first!

And with the pandemic, the theater takes being responsible while visiting very serious. Here are some reminders to keep in mind before visiting, via their website:

BY PURCHASING A TICKET YOU (AND YOUR FAMILYAGREE:

*TO STAND & SIT AT LEAST SIX FEET AWAY FROM ANY OTHER PATRON.

*TO ONE PERSON IN THE RESTROOM AT A TIME.

*TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONAL ARROWS AND SIGNS.

*TO STAY IN THE SEATS YOU HAVE CHOSEN.

* TO WEAR A MASK EVERYWHERE IN THE THEATRE- Except when drinking and eating.

* TO ENJOY YOURSELF.

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For those who are not quite ready to go out for the movies, the company is also offering a virtual theatre which you can read about more on their website.

Help support the historic Bijou Theatre!

From their website:

Now, with our website (cinemalovers.com) presenting more than 8 movies each week online, there are more options than ever for cinema lovers to get the quality curated film they should have.  We are truly excited about these opportunities.

But with the pandemic lasting longer than anyone expected with no idea when we might get back to some normalcy we again are having problems keeping this going.   Again we ask for your help.

Hit the link here if you want to learn how you can help support the Bijou Theatre Lincoln City.

Address: 1624 NE Highway 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367

Phone: (541) 994-8255

Website: www.cinemalovers.com

Facebook: BIJOU LINCOLN CITY

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