Imperial Theater

214 S. Main Street,
Anderson, SC 29624

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Publix Theaters Corporation

Architects: Joseph Huntley Casey, Charles William Fant Sr.

Firms: Casey & Fant

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Bijou Theater

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This theater opened as the Bijou Theater in 1913, but closed in 1920 after it burned. In 1921, it reopened as the Imperial Theater. It operated under that name until it closed in 1928.

Contributed by Lauren Grubb

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blakeshorter on December 5, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Does anyone know any more information about the Imperial and other early Anderson theatres? I’m researching Anderson’s early cinema.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 18, 2013 at 4:25 pm

There were plans to remodel the Bijou Theatre in 1918, according to this item in the May 4 issue of The Moving Picture World:

“ANDERSON, S. C. — Bijou theater has plans by Casey & Fant for improvements to theater to include removal of second balcony, redecoration of interior, making screen fourteen feet square, installing ventilating and heating systems and indirect lighting.”
Joseph Huntley Casey and Charles William Fant Sr. were Anderson’s leading architects of the period.

SethG on May 12, 2018 at 1:24 pm

Streetview is wrong. Needs to move up two blocks and turn the other way. Building must still be there. One of the storefronts south of the Sullivan hardware building.

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