Bijou Theatre

601-605 Walnut Street,
Chattanooga, TN 37402

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Bijou Theatre

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The Bijou Theatre opened in 1906. Historic photographs show a large, handsome, brick building of five floors, with stone or plaster detailing in a restrained Classical style. The theatre had two balconies and a large fly tower. The Bijou Theatre was severely damaged by a fire on December 19th, 1943, and the building was demolished in 1949.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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JackCoursey on February 21, 2006 at 2:26 pm

Here is a 1906 photo of the Bijou.

JackCoursey on February 22, 2006 at 3:28 pm

It is probally best that you copy and paste the web address (
since the site doesn’t respond well to urls. Once there, do a search for Bijou and it will direct you onto the photo site.

William on April 21, 2006 at 6:12 am

The Bijou Theatre was one of four theatres operated by Paramount Theatres, subsidiaries.

kencmcintyre on February 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm

End of the road for the Bijou. The photo is from the Chattanooga Library:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 7, 2015 at 1:31 am

All the photo links above are dead. This might be the 1906 photo of the Bijou, and this one dates from 1934.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 7, 2015 at 10:54 am

The February 26, 1906, issue of The Atlanta Constitution had an article about the Bijou Theatre planned for that city, and noted that its architect, Fuller Claflin, was drawing plans for several other projects for the Bijou Theatre Company, including this house in Chattanooga.

hdtv267 on February 25, 2016 at 5:21 pm

I recently uploaded an advertisement I found for a movie that ran here in 1934.

This sums up exactly what is the issue that gets me so angry about what this site’s become. When I locate a picture like this online, I’d love to read about the great history of this theatre, if it’s still around, what happened to it, etc.

But no, this once great resource has become the equivalent of Facebook or an online newspapers comment section. Unmoderated, senseless drivel, conversations with one’s self with the only purpose being some imaginative prize for having the most comments, to urinating all over a useful comment with a self serving one disguised as wishing a theatre well someone never has or never will set foot in, which in turn the original poster finds incredibly insulting, offensive and angering.

In a few weeks, I’ll remove this and the ad and go back to my profanity laced posts about the North Jersey complex, Lincoln Square and others who find a renovation not being done as a personal affront to them

It’s truly sad what’s happened- shooing away members who brought some substance and history to this board and basically letting the idiots win.

Tragic really and I’m hope those who read this in charge are happy with what this has become.

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