The Tennessee Theatre is a beloved landmark of downtown Knoxville and a pillar in its arts and cultural scene. Built as a movie palace, this opulent theatre serves as a vibrant performing arts venue nowadays. With over 150 events each year, the fully restored historic Tennessee Theatre has something for everyone: Broadway shows, classic films, opera, concerts, dance and more! After a $25.5 million restoration completed in January 2005, the theatre is a world class performing arts center and has welcomed over 2 million guests since its reopening.
The Tennessee Theatre opened in October 1928. Designed by Chicago architects Graven & Mayger, the Theatre has a Spanish-Moorish style interior that incorporates elements from all parts of the world: Czechoslovakian crystals in the French-style chandeliers, Italian terrazzo flooring in the Grand Lobby, and Asian influences in the carpet and drapery patterns. Come experience the unforgettable at the Official State Theatre of Tennessee!