Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Bijou's First September

Here's a handy list of what we have booked for the Bijou Film Center's shows in September:

Fri., Sept. 2: It's First Friday! Doors open at 6 p.m. Members (can pick up their Original Member T-shirts and mugs) and friends can stop by for a cold beer, or perhaps a glass of wine. At 9 p.m. Richmond's favorite rockabilly band since Hector was a pup -- the Bop Cats -- will perform live. Admission: 5.00.


Chaplin and Goddard strolling.
Sat. Sept. 3: "Modern Times" (1936) will play at 7:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. B&W. 87 minutes. Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman.

Note: Released in the middle of the Great Depression, Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp character is plunged into the daunting world of the assembly line. He can't keep up, so he cracks up. Although the comedy has lots of sound effects, music as well, it was essentially a silent film, in that it doesn't depend on dialogue to tell the story. However, Chaplin's voice is heard (for what was the first time in a movie).

Admission: $5.00.


Sharon Jones onstage.
Sat., Sept 10: "Miss Sharon Jones" (2016) will play at 7:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Color. 93 minutes. Directed by Barbara Kopple. Cast: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Color. 93 minutes. 
Note: Kopple's film presents an extraordinarily talented and lovable woman maintaining her dignity in the face of whatever daunting obstacles she encounters. Sandwiched between the singer's sparkling performances onstage, Jones battles pancreatic cancer with a the-show-must-go-on spirit that makes the film more than just another documentary about a singer/musician. 
Admission: $9.00 (members 7.00).


A still from 'The Red Balloon'
Sat., Sept. 17:  "The 400 Blows," together with "The Red Balloon," will play on the same program.

“The 400 Blows” (1959): B&W. 99 minutes. Directed by François Truffaut. Cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Rémy.

Note: This story’s deft portrayal of a brave boy’s yearning for dignity in an indifferent world kicked in the door for the New Wave’s filmmakers.

“The Red Balloon” (1956): Color. 34 minutes. Directed by Albert Lamorisse. Cast: Pascal Lamorisse, Sabine Lamorisse, Georges Sellier.

Note: Using little dialogue, this utterly charming short French fantasy follows a boy and his balloon friend along the streets of Paris.

Show times: 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.


Sat., Sept. 24: "Danny Says" will play one day only, a week before its national theatrical release. In conjunction with cinemas coast-to-coast, we will be participating in the first national Art House Theater Day. Accordingly, The Bijou will present a thoroughly entertaining new documentary about rock 'n' roll impresario Danny Fields. Show times to be announced.

“Danny Says” (2016): Color. 104 minutes. Directed by Brendan Toller. Cast: Danny Fields, Iggy Pop, the Ramones, the Doors, Cream, Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, Nico and more.

Note: Toller's cleverly edited film is about the rock 'n' roll life of Danny Fields, who crossed paths with legendary pop culture characters and managed some edgy, well known acts in the 60's and '70s and '80s. The role Fields played in the development of punk rock is fascinating. This doc should win awards.

Show times: 5 p.m., 7:25 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.


Well, that's a start. We're proud of that lineup. In October we plan to expand our hours to present films and/or live music on both Fridays and Saturdays. And, we will continue to build The Bijou.


  1. Awesome, this is one thing I've missed since I've moved to richmond, a good indie art house theater.

  2. So glad you're here.

    Matinees, PLEASE.

  3. Is there an OCT calendar? Hard to find current information.

    1. More about October -- http://www.bijoubacklight.com/