Matinee At The Bijou blog

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My old pal Ron Hall has started writing a blog in conjunction with a revival of Matinee at the Bijou.

Apparently new episodes of this classic movie showcase, which was one of the most popular programs on PBS in the 1980s, are back in production – with a new celebrity host, Debbie Reynolds. Ron Hall, who runs Festival Films and was the publisher of the pioneering animation fanzine Mindrot, is actively involved with providing classic movie material for the show. On his new blog, he’s posting about the classic shorts and cartoons – his latest post promotes an upcoming Bijou program which features a bunch of vintage Paramount Screen Songs. I’m not sure what the status of the show is, but they’ve been feeding their content to You Tube, and set up a fun informative website worth checking out.


  • http://checkeredgeekcartoons.blogspot.com Zach

    Wow, what a cool idea. What life was like before the multiplex.

  • EricW

    Best news I’ve heard all day. :)

  • http://www.fpsmagazine.com Tamu

    I *LOVED* this show when I was growing up! I watched it every Sunday and I still tell people about it. Between this and the TV Ontario weekday evening show Magic Shadows, I got my fill of feature films, as well as serials, cartoons and musical numbers.

  • http://ryuuseipro.deviantart.com John Paul Cassidy

    God, I remember watching MATINEE AT THE BIJOU on PBS in the early 80s when I was a kid! So it’s not dead after all. Thanks for sharing this, Jerry!

  • Babbit Catstello

    Boy, what a day of retro goodness for me! KTLA happens to be running a marathon of past tv gems, so this morning brought Uncle Waldo’s Cartoon Show, Underdog, Popeye, & Our Gang/Little Rascals. This seems further proof that with each passing decade, quality entertainment is becoming more of a rarity.

  • http://www.kalikazoo.blogspot.com Kali Fontecchio

    Hey thanks for the info!

    Haha, my mom is Debbie Reynolds, not that one though.

    “Boy, what a day of retro goodness for me! KTLA happens to be running a marathon of past tv gems, so this morning brought Uncle Waldo’s Cartoon Show, Underdog, Popeye, & Our Gang/Little Rascals. This seems further proof that with each passing decade, quality entertainment is becoming more of a rarity.”

    I heard about it too late! Dang it!!

  • http://musingsofachick.blogspot.com sudiegirl

    I loved this show as a kid…I’m glad it’s back.

  • Larry T

    Cool- I saw a great many magnificent movies on this show…

    …not to mention a crapload of the Black and White Looney Tunes as I was growing up….

  • Rick Farmiloe

    This is really exciting!! I loved this show on PBS in the early 80′s on Saturday mornings! I remember the features being cut to about 45 minutes….but the shorts were so amazing!!! It was because of this show I started collecting 16mm films….and I was able to get quite a few of the shorts that were shown on Matinee at the Bijou. My collection needs a zip code of it’s own now, but I can’t wait for these new episoded to air. Debbie Reynolds is the perfect hostess for this too. Yippee Aye O!!