With Bijou Art Cinemas Closing, Operators Sought To Continue Venue

Mar 19, 2021

After 40 years of movie screenings, the Bijou Art Cinemas in Eugene is closing.  Now the facility needs a new owner.

The front of Bijou Art Cinemas on East 13th Avenue, Eugene.
Credit Brian Bull / KLCC

Darren Stone is the principal broker of Jennings Group, which manages and leases the building space for its owner, Wilcox Venture LLC.  He told KLCC given Bijou Art Cinema’s history, it’s hoped someone will step up to continue its movie-showing tradition.

”It’s kind of an icon of Eugene," said Stone. "It’s the kind of thing the community wants there.  The university wants there.

A sign on the side of the Bijou Art Cinemas, posted earlier during the pandemic.
Credit Brian Bull / KLCC

"It goes back to 1925, and it has that original character and architecture of that era of churches.  That energy is there.  You’re walking into a movie venue, but the light that comes through the old stained glass, I mean, there’s just nothing else like it.”

While the pandemic is still a concern, Stone said other independent venues like Broadway Metro have done innovative things to keep going, like booking private showings.

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