Alcazar Theatre

719 Market Street,
Chattanooga, TN 37402

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Alcazar Theatre

The Alcazar Theatre was opened on September 21, 1914 with Mary Pickford in “Such a Little Queen”. It had 675-seats. Renovations and alterations were carried out in 1919 and the seating capacity was increased to 1,100. The Alcazar Theatre was still open in 1926, but had closed by 1927.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 4, 2009 at 8:22 pm

The Alcazar might have been a fairly early theater. The September 5, 1977, issue of Boxoffice Magazine published an obituary of Jacksonville theater man John Thomas. It said that he began his 45-year career in the business as a projectionist at the Alcazar Theater in Chattanooga, then had several other jobs before arriving in Jacksonville in 1926.

So even though the magazine doesn’t give the year Thomas began working there, there was an Alcazar Theatre operating in Chattanooga in the early 1920s. I can’t find anything else about the Alcazar in Boxoffice, though. Maybe it didn’t last long, or perhaps the name was changed.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

An item in the July 1, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World said that the Signal Amusement Company, operators of six movie theaters in Chattanooga, intended to built a new theater with 1,500 seats in that city. The item also said that Signal Amusement would remodel their Alcazar Theatre and expand its seating capacity from 675 to 1,100.

DavidZornig on October 17, 2019 at 8:04 pm

April 3, 1915 image added courtesy Chattanooga has History Facebook page. The above mentioned renovations apparently did not happen until 1919, per the same page.

rivest266 on June 10, 2024 at 1:51 pm

opened on September 21st, 1914. Grand opening ad posted.

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