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
JackCoursey on February 21, 2006 at 2:26 pm

Here is a 1906 photo of the Bijou.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on February 22, 2006 at 3:28 pm

It is probally best that you copy and paste the web address (http://www.lib.chattanooga.gov/localHist/photodatabase.html)
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
William on April 21, 2006 at 6:12 am

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm

End of the road for the Bijou. The photo is from the Chattanooga Library:
http://tinyurl.com/25tork

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.

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