Historic Tennessee Theatre on Gay Street

Watch a live show this month at Knoxville's historic grand entertainment palace. Browse event calendar, visit gift shop, and learn about memberships below.

Tennessee Theatre

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Quick Summary of Tennessee Theatre

Tennessee Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Knoxville on South Gay Street. It is the Official State Theatre of Tennessee and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Tennessee Theatre is the region’s leading performing arts facility with advanced technology, staging, and lighting that draws top entertainment from around the world to the Knoxville area.

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About Tennessee Theatre

With it’s iconic sign anchoring Gay Street in Downtown Knoxville, the Tennessee Theatre is a cornerstone of the arts and cultural community. Experience the unforgettable at the Official State Theatre of Tennessee, hosting over 150 events each year.

Broadway shows, live music, classic films, comedy, dance and more await you at Knoxville’s Grand Entertainment Palace. This gorgeously restored, state of the art historic theatre will elevate your performing arts experience.

Attend an event at Tennessee Theatre and experience the unforgettable!

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- 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Business Hours

Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday -
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Experience the Unforgettable at Tennessee Theatre

Event Calendar

Browse the 2019 Tennessee Theatre event calendar. Learn what concerts, comedy, community events, movies, and shows are schedule to this upcoming season.

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Visit Gift Shop

Do you want to remember your unforgettable experience at the Tennessee Theatre? Visit the gift shop and purchase Tennessee Theatre merchandise online.

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Become Member

Friends of the Tennessee Theatre is a membership community of theater-goers who enjoy live music, comedy, Broadway performance, classic film and more. Become a member today.

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We miss this view. Eli Johnson PhotographyNTheatre #knoxrocks

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We miss this view. #tntheatre #knoxrocks  📸: Eli Johnson Photography

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Such a beautiful theatre ! Can't wait to be there again !😊💖

love this Theatre tennessee 💖🎶🎶🎶💖

Best seat in the house!

I can’t wait to be back!

Gorgeous!

So beautiful

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We're proud to be a part of this community. Stay safe and healthy #knoxville! #knoxtogether ... See MoreSee Less

As a non-profit arts organization which relies heavily on ticket sales to survive, closing our doors means a significant loss in revenue. We need your support to continue to care for the theatre and open its doors for experiences that entertain, enlighten, and inspire once we are able to be together again. Our average monthly utility bill is $13,000, as one example of the expenses we must cover and our need for financial support during this time. It is because of the many people who have provided financial support that the Tennessee has weathered difficult times through its 91 years. Your donation to help sustain us through this closure is greatly appreciated! Click here (fal.cn/38RP3) to find out more about how to support us during this closure.

#knoxrocks #TNTheatre | 📸: @bbailsey
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As a non-profit arts organization which relies heavily on ticket sales to survive, closing our doors means a significant loss in revenue. We need your support to continue to care for the theatre and open its doors for experiences that entertain, enlighten, and inspire once we are able to be together again. Our average monthly utility bill is $13,000, as one example of the expenses we must cover and our need for financial support during this time. It is because of the many people who have provided financial support that the Tennessee has weathered difficult times through its 91 years. Your donation to help sustain us through this closure is greatly appreciated! Click here (https://fal.cn/38RP3) to find out more about how to support us during this closure.  #knoxrocks #tntheatre | 📸: @bbailsey

We miss y'all. Tag #TNTheatre in your marquee photos for the chance to be shared on our socials!
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We miss yall. Tag #tntheatre in your marquee photos for the chance to be shared on our socials! 
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Tomorrow tune into East Tennessee PBS at 9PM for a special concert premiere! This Knoxville Symphony Orchestra concert features KSO Concertmaster William Shaub, and Concertmaster Series collaborator Kevin Class on piano. The program includes Stravinsky’s “Suite Italienne” for violin and piano, Mozart’s Sonata for violin and piano in E minor, and Selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess arranged by Jascha Heifetz, including “Summertime,” “Bess, You Is My Woman Now,” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So.”

Recorded in the historic #TNTheatre, the performance offers a different view for audiences: the camera is flipped 180 degrees, setting the interior of the Tennessee Theater as a stunning backdrop.

To access this performance online, free of charge, click here. → fal.cn/38P1y
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Tomorrow tune into East Tennessee PBS at 9PM for a special concert premiere! This Knoxville Symphony Orchestra concert features KSO Concertmaster William Shaub, and Concertmaster Series collaborator Kevin Class on piano. The program includes Stravinsky’s “Suite Italienne” for violin and piano, Mozart’s Sonata for violin and piano in E minor, and Selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess arranged by Jascha Heifetz, including “Summertime,” “Bess, You Is My Woman Now,” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So.” 
Recorded in the historic #TNTheatre, the performance offers a different view for audiences: the camera is flipped 180 degrees, setting the interior of the Tennessee Theater as a stunning backdrop. 
To access this performance online, free of charge, click here. → https://fal.cn/38P1y

Wishing you and @bossman_chewy a very happy Tuesday! #knoxrocks #TNTheatre ... See MoreSee Less

Wishing you and @bossman_chewy a very happy Tuesday! #knoxrocks #tntheatre

Happy Father's Day #Knoxville! Today, we'd like to celebrate two special fathers in our #TNTheatre history. Meet the men behind the "Burns Projection Booth" - Tim Burns, our Technical Director, and his father, Bill Burns, who was a projectionist at the Theatre. The booth was named after them in October 2019 in honor of Tim's 40th anniversary of working at the Tennessee. Both Tim and Bill have been a special part of our history, and we love Tim's childhood memories of coming to the Tennessee with his father.
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Happy Fathers Day #Knoxville! Today, wed like to celebrate two special fathers in our #TNTheatre history. Meet the men behind the Burns Projection Booth - Tim Burns, our Technical Director, and his father, Bill Burns, who was a projectionist at the Theatre. The booth was named after them in October 2019 in honor of Tims 40th anniversary of working at the Tennessee. Both Tim and Bill have been a special part of our history, and we love Tims childhood memories of coming to the Tennessee with his father.
#knoxrocks #tntheatre

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A gorgeous shot of one of our unique lighting fixtures from @lightiberius! This globed fixture is located in the auditorium... I guess if the #TNTheatre is heavenly, these must be a piece of Eden. #BehindtheTN ... See MoreSee Less

A gorgeous shot of one of our unique lighting fixtures from @lightiberius! This globed fixture is located in the auditorium... I guess if the #TNTheatre is heavenly, these must be a piece of Eden. #behindtheTN

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These are replicas of the original lighting fixtures that were in the auditorium in 1928. They where taken down in 1930 when sound deadening was added to the auditorium walls to accommodate talking pictures. For reasons unknown, the fixtures were not rehung and were lost to time. These replicas were created for the 2005 restoration by the St. Louis Antique Lighting Co. using the 1928 Jim Thompson photographs of the theatre. Below is a photo by Jim Thompson of one of the originals.

Fabulous ! The entire theatre is gorgeous ! Love it !

Gorgeous! 😍

Beautiful

Sweet!

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2 weeks ago

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Tomorrow our friends at Beck Cultural Exchange Center are holding a Virtual Town Hall Meeting. #knoxville friends and family, we hope you'll take time to tune in. #knoxrocksStatement from Beck and Juneteenth Event - mailchi.mp/beckcenter/statement-from-beck-and-juneteenth-event ... See MoreSee Less

Tomorrow our friends at Beck Cultural Exchange Center are holding a Virtual Town Hall Meeting. #Knoxville friends and family, we hope youll take time to tune in. #knoxrocks
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