Bijou by the Bay gets ready to light the marquee

As we head into the winter season, one of the best ways to get out of the cold is going to the movies - and what better place than the new Bijou by the Bay.

Work was started early this year. Most of the construction took about two months and the movie theatre is now getting its final touches.

Saturday, November 22, the marquee will be lit for the first time. Governor Milliken, a marching band, and the city commission will be in attendance, with the commission flipping the switch on the new sign. There will be free soda and popcorn and a private screening of "All is Lost" for people that have donated time, service, and money.

The weekend will kick off public tours and free showings for a week. There will be open house tours Saturday morning from 9:30-11:30am, where you can have free popcorn and drinks, and then there are a few movies showing at no charge.

Representatives say they were glad to add another venue for seeing movies and to keep the historical aspect of downtown.

"It was really important to us to keep the historic nature of this building," said Deb Lake, the Executive Director at Bijou by the Bay. "This building was built in 1934 as part of FDR's Civil Works Administration-part of the new deal. And it's a beautiful building actually and we didn't want it to look different. But we want people to be able to use it, rather than just sitting here covered with graffiti like it had been for years, or like being a little place where you could buy a train ticket. We wanted people to be able to come in and enjoy it and now everyone can."

Lake said they are excited to show "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" - which starts Thanksgiving.

A reminder, if you're a member at the State Theatre, you're automatically a member of Bijou by the Bay, and will receive the same ticket deals.