Bijou Cinema is located in the Iowa Memorial Union, on the corner of Madison and Jefferson Streets in downtown Iowa City. Admission is $3.00 for students (with valid University ID) and $7.00 for non-students, and tickets can be purchased day-of-show only at the IMU Box Office (319-335-3041). Ticket prices may vary for special events. All screenings are open to the public.
From Interstate 80 (east or west): Take Exit 244 (Dubuque Street) and turn south. Head straight toward downtown Iowa City until you reach Market Street. Take Market Street west (turn right) and head down the hill. At the base of the hill (at Madison Street) is the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU). Use the east entrance of the IMU. The Bijou Theater is located on the First Floor of the IMU.
Where to Park:
Paid parking is available in the Iowa Memorial Union Parking Ramp, located directly across from the east entrance of the IMU on Madison Street. Free on-street parking can be found in the blocks around downtown Iowa City after 5 p.m. Mon-Sat and all-day Sunday. Several city parking ramps are also located downtown.
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About the Bijou
The Bijou Cinema is a non-profit, student-run cinema screening independent, art house, foreign, and classic cinema. Established in 1972, the Bijou Cinema has built a reputation as one of the preeminent student-run theaters in the nation. The cinema screens a variety of new releases and classic films, with year-round screenings, six days a week, except during University holidays and recesses.
The cinema is run by a 24-member volunteer Board of Directors, under the leadership of the Executive Director and Programming Director. Email email@example.com for more information on the Board of Directors, or watch our website for opportunities to volunteer and join.
The Bijou’s annual operating budget is partially funded by a portion of the student activity funds allocated through UISG and ECGPS, the remainder of our budget is financed by ticket and concessions sales.
Co-sponsorship of Screenings
The Bijou Cinema frequently partners with groups that are part of the University of Iowa or located in Iowa City to screen movies at our cinema. However, due to the high volume of requests for co-sponsorship, we ask that all organizations interested in partnering with the Bijou contact us at least a semester in advance of their proposed screening. Also, unless your screening has a compelling reason to be in a movie theater, we recommend that you consider reserving the Illinois Room through IMU Scheduling. The Illinois Room is a fully equipped theatrical venue.
Current Bijou Leadership
Executive Director: Jesse Kreitzer
Programming Director: Charles Woodard
Board of Directors: Anna Lee, Anthony Rinaldi, Cheryl Chan, Georg Koszulinski, Gerrit Wynkoop, Jenna Lester, Joshua Langseth, Katie Pletcher, Lisa Gardinier Maia Melton, Mark Zhu, Meng Xiong, Nat Alder, Qing Jin, Rebecca Morin, Remington Smith, Ross Byers, Sam Carruthers, Will Hartman
Bijou Projectionists: Misha McKinlay (Head Projectionist), Josh Yates, and Kelly Gallagher
D. Jesse Damazo