Bijou Theatre, 38 East 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH

J. M. B., Moving Picture World, August 13, 1910:


“The marble ticket office in front of the Bijou, Cincinnati, is of simple but rich design, with  fancy brass grille work and surmounted by a dome of fine open metal work. The balcony, with its green (natural) plants and flowers in bloom, calls for much admiration and gives an atmosphere of freshness to the place.

Here again I  noted a total absence of ugly loose posters. The posters are framed, even the advance poster of the ‘Roosevelt’s Return‘ film is framed and placed on a neat easel.” 


“Bijou Theater, Cincinnati, at night” 


Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres.

Since 1997 theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle, has conducted a popular series of  theatre talks and walks, available for  historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

Currently seeking funding for “Editing & Formatting” the first three volumes of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, 3rd Edition







The Royal Theatre 709 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

In 1911, Moving Picture World paid a visit to the Royal Theatre in the Queen City of Cincinnati. They were not impressed.

Moving Picture World, January 14, 1911:

“While in the Queen City, my attention was called once more to a moving picture theater, ‘The Royal,’ a very expensive proposition entirely out of proportion and of rather poor taste.”


“The two side columns are a monstrosity, they are heavy enough to support a Chicago skyscraper, while they are out of proportion in a two-story building.

“The top is also heavy even for the big size of the columns, and the crowning butterfly is another monstrosity; in other words, the excellent design of said butterfly is lost in the out-of-proportion effect.

“Everything is too heavy, too rich in ornaments, and the ticket box, intended for a beautiful girl cashier, has been called by many persons a splendid specimen of a mausoleum.”

“One redeeming feature of the Royal Theater of Cincinnati is the neat appearance of the attendants.


“In winter they are well uniformed and in summer time they are provided with very neat and tasty white duck uniforms with caps to match.”

Despite the negative comments, the Royal lasted until 1979, the longest continuously operating movie theatre in downtown Cincinnati.

In this 1939 photo, butterfly and columns are still very much  intact.

Cezar Del Valle is available for theatre talks and walks in 2013.

He is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, chosen 2010 Best Book of the Year by the Theatre Histoical Society.