Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2013/12/11

“December 11, 1882” By Rick Sanders

English: Bijou Theatre, Boston

English: Bijou Theatre, Boston (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1882, Boston’s Bijou Theater had its first performance.  It was the first American playhouse lit exclusively by electricity. Wikipedia says:

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 façade still exists.[9]

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