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Bijou Theatre In Bridgeport Works To Raise $100K — Or Go Dark Forever

The Bijou Theatre is slated to close on August 7 unless a group of dedicated actors and fans can raise more than $100,000 needed to keep the doors open.
The Bijou Theatre is slated to close on August 7 unless a group of dedicated actors and fans can raise more than $100,000 needed to keep the doors open. Photo Credit:

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A battle cry has gone out across the theater world -- "Save The Bijou Theater!"

The task is a daunting one, with only days until the old theater located in the beautiful Bijou Square in downtown Bridgeport, closes its doors for good Aug. 7. That's unless the operation receives an infusion of cash in the amount of $100,000 or more.

The $100,000 goal is to clear the theater's current debt and cover expenses to remain open for the remainder of 2016.

To help, the arts community has taken to GoFundMe to try to raise the money to save their beloved theater.

On the page, the group offers a history of the theater and their determination to keep it afloat:

"The Bijou has served the downtown area for the past five years with hundreds of concerts, comedy shows, movie screenings and live theater performances. Our main goal is to bring quality and affordable entertainment to our Bridgeport audience and beyond," the page states. "The Bijou is one of the oldest and longest-running movie houses in the country and is seen as Downtown's Gem to many of our patrons. To local actors, directors and producers, it has become a second home."

The Bijou has built a reputation in its short time open as a theater that produces quality, thought-provoking plays and musicals that are rarely produced and gives audiences the chance to see shows they may not otherwise see, and the performers the chance to play roles they may not get the chance to play again.

The recently announced third season includes "The Scarlet Letter," "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" and "A Christmas Carol." Other recurring music acts such as local Latin musician Rick Reyes, "Lee Squared: An Evening with Liberace and Peggy Lee," Neil Berg's Pianomen and more were also announced over the past few weeks, but may never get the chance to perform on the Bijou stage again.

"Believe us when we say that any little bit helps an incredible amount. The downtown community and beyond does not want to see this fantastic venue close its doors," the group states on the GoFundMe page.

To date, they have raised $3,359. To donate, visit GoFundMe .

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