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The first was converted into a theatre in 1878 and rebuilt in 1883. It was often called the Bijou Opera House and was located at 1239 Broadway. It was also sometimes called The Brighton Theatre. It became a popular venue for operettas in the 1880s under the management of the McCaull Comic Opera Company. It later was used as a silent movie house. It was demolished in 1915.
It was one of three theatres which hosted the premiere season of the musical Fancy Free, but primarily it presented plays by many writers including Sacha Guitry, John Galsworthy, A. A. Milne, James M. Barrie, Herman J. Mankiewicz, Leslie Howard, Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen, Luigi Pirandello, Graham Greene, Eugene O'Neill, William Saroyan and Sean O’Casey.
In 1951, it became a CBS studio, then—as the D.W. Griffith Theatre—it presented art films. It was reinstated as the Bijou Theatre in 1965, but was demolished in 1982 to make room for the Marriott Marquis Hotel.
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