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Entries Tagged as 'Phil Kuchma'

Bijou Theatre To Host Cultural Development Summit

November 2nd, 2016 · No Comments · Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

News release: The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County (CAFC), in partnership with the Kuchma Corporation and Spinnaker Real Estate Partners, is pleased to announce a one-day “Space Summit,” Creative Spaces for the Creative Economy, on Saturday, November 12th at the Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. The summit is being held […]

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“Lights On”–Bijou Theatre Screens New Chapter Of Events

October 23rd, 2016 · 27 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

When the curtain appeared to fall a few months ago on the Downtown gem Bijou Theatre it was like a shot to the solar plexus of patrons who loved live music, comedy, films, community events and theatrical productions in an intimate 200-seat setting. Developer Phil Kuchma says the Bijou never really closed, but has transitioned to […]

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Can Tiin No More

August 11th, 2016 · 21 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Can Tiin, a French Vietnamese bistro on Fairfield Avenue, has closed, marking another recent casualty of the Bijou Square redevelopment Downtown. The Bijou Theatre and Two Boots Restaurant are also recent closures although a new restaurant is preparing to fill the Two Boots space shortly.

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A Rallying Cry For Downtown

August 5th, 2016 · 6 Comments · Development and Zoning

City policy wonk Jeff Kohut shares his observations on the critical need for a vibrant Downtown. From Kohut. The news of the closing of Bridgeport’s Bijou Theater took a lot of Bridgeporters and area residents by surprise last week when it was announced by the local media the present theater management just wasn’t getting enough […]

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Wanna Attract Visitors Downtown? Always Market Your Product

August 1st, 2016 · 25 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning

The notion that Downtown Bridgeport is unsafe is a fallacy. The Bijou Theatre enjoyed a number of performances that were jam packed. Were people afraid to attend then? When the Webster Bank arena has a sold-out event–and there have been many–are they afraid? Downtown Cabaret Theater just two blocks from the Bijou has had numerous sold-out […]

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Bijou Theatre Plans To Shut Doors–”We Are All Devastated”

July 30th, 2016 · 39 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

Bridgeport’s Downtown gem, the Bijou Theatre, a key component of a mixed-use redevelopment on Fairfield Avenue, will close its doors in a week, according to Christine Brown, who managed operations there for five years. A disappointed Brown says try as she may, rental and utility costs could not make the entertainment venue sustainable.

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Downtown Has Brighter Face, A Resident’s Viewpoint

March 17th, 2016 · 15 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning

Two Boots took a walk on Downtown Bridgeport. Some hand-wringing is going on over this. Communications professional Doug Davidoff who resides Downtown says the neighborhood has a lot more going on than the naysayers assert. He shares in this commentary that follows a response to OIB comments and perspective as a relatively new resident. I’ve […]

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Dough Alert–’Aiming Too High’ Two Boots Downtown Closes, Owes Taxes

March 17th, 2016 · 36 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

UPDATE: The owners of Two Boots Downtown, one of the original tenants in Phil Kuchma’s Bijou Square redevelopment that cleaned up a couple of city blocks on Fairfield Avenue, have announced the business has closed after eight years, according to the pizza specialty website. According to city tax records Two Boots has shut its doors owing […]

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