Tennessee Theatre
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Located in the heart of downtown Knoxville, the Tennessee Theatre opened in 1928 as a movie palace. The Tennessee Theatre 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 to the Knoxville area.
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Black and Silver Nomadic
Box Elder, SD160 contributions
May 2022
It doesn't matter who you book here, if you're in Knoxville and you can catch a show at the Tennessee Theatre you need to do it. This is one of the most beautiful historical theatres in the country. We actually saw Tom Segura here when he passed through, and we love Tom so the show was great. That aside though we were just as excited that he played here, as we had seen several shows in town, and none happened to be here. Absolutely a thrill to listen to a comedian we enjoy while admiring the architecture of this incredible place. And then after the show, you step out onto Gay and have so many options to let the night continue! Be sure to dress up when you go, not because of a dress code or anything, but when you snap that picture of yourselves in this beautiful spot, you'll be happy you look the part.
Written December 7, 2022
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Janet F
33 contributions
Oct 2021
The Tennessee Theatre is historic and one of the most beautiful theaters we have seen. We had great seats on the aisle but there probably aren’t any bad seats since it is a small theater. We attended the concert during Covid times. Vaccination cards or negative Covid tests along with a photo id were required for entry. Masks were required. In spite of the extra entry requirements, entry to the theater was well organized and moved quickly. Staff was friendly and helpful The merchandise table did look long. Acoustics were very good in the theater. We really enjoyed our concert.
Written October 27, 2021
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Amber S
Roswell, GA250 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
We went to see Anastasia and the production was great and the theater is absolutely gorgeous, BUT it was so hot inside when we were there and with the seats being on the smaller side, it was uncomfortable. We were 5 rows back from the stage, so it’s not like we were high up or anything, and still so hot. The performers were drenched with sweat as well (which I know is not uncommon). It would have been nice and more pleasant for it to be a little chillier during the performance.
Written August 7, 2022
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zekesphotos
St. Petersburg, FL36 contributions
Dec 2019
Visiting Knoxville and the historic Tennessee Theater for the first time, we saw "Fiddler on the Roof" just before New Years. Very cool venue with antique chandeliers in the lobby,and incredible ornate decorations in the theater itself. Definitely worth seeing if you're in Knoxville. "Fiddler" was excellent, too!
Written February 2, 2020
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edleingroup
Knoxville, TN6 contributions
Jan 2020
You have to attend an event if for no other reason than to see the theatre. Truly spectacular in beauty! I have been to a lot of Broadway plays, have been season ticket holder and have attended concerts etc at this venue. I love it's historical note and exceptional shows it showcases. I give it four instead of five stars only because the seating is pretty tight for a tall person...and if you are beside or behind a large person you can be crowded or not be able to see over or around them.
Written January 7, 2020
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JamesRaRa
76 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
We went to see Fiddler on the Roof - one of my all time favorites. There is no better venue to see an iconic live performance. The movie palace is beyond beautiful, at site worth touring even if you do not see a show. The Fiddler performance was a little different from others I have seen. Not sure I want it to be changed.

Lots if nearby options for food or drink before & after the show.
Written January 26, 2020
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Maggie S
Knoxville, TN8 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We go to numerous concerts and shows at The Tennessee Theatre throughout the year. One of my favorite venues of all time! BEAUTIFUL with great sound and a wonderful, intimate atmosphere. You won't be dissapointed.
Written February 12, 2020
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Loralee W
Sevierville, TN59 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Such an iconic and lovely theater. Parking was convenient (free) and a short walk to theater. Going through security was easy and getting "checked in" was painless. Several ushers were available to assist with any issues. We had seats pretty far from the stage (can't remember exact section); however, we could see the stage from all angles. The show was amazing, too. Love going to the Tennessee Theater. Attended Three Dog Night and had a wonderful time!
Written July 23, 2022
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Greta L
Atlanta, GA65 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
The guide had been with the theather 42 years and knew all the wonderful details and back stories. Getting to see backstage..the projector room...the organ up close and ride the lift to the orchestra pit. BEAUTIFUL THEATER!
Written July 29, 2022
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831vickig
Morristown, TN8 contributions
Jun 2021
When they renovated this place they chose capacity over comfort. Seats are narrow and there is NO leg room. The shoulder/arm of the person sitting next to you is touching yours if they use the armrest, so you have to shift over to one side. Like sitting in a coach airline seat, only worse. Knees touch the seat in front if you don't sit up uncomforably straight I used to go there a lot but I now choose to go to any of the other Knoxville venues because they ALL are more comfortable. For me no show is worth the discomfort of sitting at the TN Theatre for several hours.
Written June 24, 2021
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