Our History

A Chattanooga Treasure Since 1923

Founded in 1923 as the Little Theatre of Chattanooga, the CTC [a member the Association of American Community Theatres (AACT); Tennessee Theatre Association (TTA); Tennesseans for the Arts (TFTA); and, Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC)] is one of the oldest, largest, and busiest community theatres in the country.


Chattanooga Theatre Centre volunteers


Our 15 productions per year – seen by audiences of more than 50,000 – are created by hundreds of talented volunteers and represent theatrical experiences of the highest caliber.



The physical plant that is the Chattanooga Theatre Centre is a 40,000 square-foot facility beautifully situated on the banks of the Tennessee River. In addition to our 380-seat Main Theatre and 200-seat Mildred M. Montague Circle Theatre (a black box space), we boast huge scene and costume shops, spacious dressing rooms, large classroom/rehearsal rooms – one with a mirrored wall, sprung dance floor and ballet barre, gorgeous lobbies, attractive offices, and other amenities. Our facility is available for rental for special events in the community.



While we rely so much on volunteers to achieve our mission, the Chattanooga Theatre Centre is also distinguished by the professional staff on hand, who not only provide opportunities for others to learn the theatre craft but also guarantee the operation is managed at the highest levels of accountability. This includes an Artistic Director, Patron Services Manager, Education Director, Youth Theatre Director, Technical Director/Master Carpenter, and Marketing and Public Relations Director. Management is provided by our Executive Director who reports to the Board of Directors.


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