Chicago's Bijou Theater to close Sept. 30

Tue. September 15, 2015 9:27 AM by Windy City Media Group

Chicago, IL - Bijou Theater, 1349 N. Wells St., will close Sept. 30.

According to a recorded message left by owner Steve Toushin at the theater's phone number, Bijou lost its lease at its longtime Old Town location. Its last full 24-hour day of operation will be Sept. 29; the doors close for good at 9 a.m. the following day.

"The end of days has come to Bijou after 46 years," Toushin said in the message. "... [Times] change. Neighborhoods change. Ownership changes of buildings and leases change."

Bijou cannot move because its license is tied to the location, he added. "It's not the way I wanted to go out," he said. "I wanted to have a bit more time if I was going to close down after all these years."

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