Cameo Theatre

527 Market Street,
Chattanooga, TN 37402

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Previous Names: York Theatre

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Cameo Theatre

The Cameo Theatre was opened in around 1925. The Wurlitzer factory records show it received a used organ, Wurlitzer opus 372, ‘style 135A photoplayer’ in December 1925. It was located across the street from the Capitol Theatre on Market Street at West Fifth Street. Seating was listed at 527. The Cameo closed in the early 1950’s.

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JackCoursey on March 20, 2006 at 3:35 pm

The Cameo opened as the York around 1925 and was equipped with a Wurlitzer pipe organ.

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on January 25, 2007 at 4:02 am

The organ was Wurlitzer’s opus 372 which had been built for the Capitol Theatre in Macon Georgia (q.v.) in 1920. It was relocated to the York in December 1925. It was a model 135a, which is 4 ranks of pipes (Trumpet, Salicional, Flute, Vox Humana), tuned percussions, traps, sound effects and piano.

Seems Chattanooga had 4 Wurlitzers: the York/Cameo, the State, the Tivoli and St Elmo’s Methodist, an original Wurlitzer church installation.

blanks on June 27, 2007 at 2:42 pm

The Cameo showed many of the B Westerns, mainly I recall the “Red Ryder” series from Republic Pictures with both Rocky Lane and Wild Bill Elliott. I attended the Cameo many times in the late 40’s/early 50’s.
It had a small concession stand located on the right side of the small lobby. Inside was not that large from what I recall, so the 527 seat capacity surprised me.
Later on, the Cameo showed a lot of the exploitation films for “adults only” and it wasn’t long afterwards that they closed down.
It was located directly across from the Capitol Theater on Market Street.

50sSNIPES on February 2, 2021 at 5:40 am

The Cameo Theatre Opened Its Doors On March 15, 1929 With Antonio Moreno And Ben Lyon In “The Air Legion”.

On January 25, 1948, The Theater Lost $170 After A Robbery. Less Than A Month Later On Valentines Day 1948, The Theater Was Damaged By A Fire. It Is Closed In 1950.

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