Matinee at the Bijou premiered nationally on PBS in 1980. The series recreated the American moviegoing experiences of the 1930s, 40s and 50s -- complete with trailers, a cartoon, one or more selected short subjects, a cliff-hanging serial chapter “to be continued,” and a tightly edited feature film presentation.
The 90-minute series ran for five consecutive first-run seasons, each consisting of 16 episodes, and continued on national PBS for three subsequent years in reruns. The series was an independent production from Bijou Productions, Inc. of Medford, Oregon, and producer/co-creator Bob Campbell.
A sequel Matinee at the Bijou series is in development in HD to be hosted by the magnificent Debbie Reynolds. Producers are currently seeking a network platform for the sequel series.