Historic Tennessee Theatre - Est. 1928 Knoxville, Tennessee


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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about the Historic Tennessee Theatre? It is highly likely that it has been answered below. In the event that you're still curious about something, give us a call at 865-684-1200.

Finding the Tennessee Theatre

From I-40 East: Take Exit 388a, James White Parkway, to Summit Hill Drive, (first exit).  Turn right onto Summit Hill Drive. Turn left onto Gay Street at the third traffic light. The Tennessee Theatre is located at 604 South Gay Street.

From I-40 West: Take Exit 388, James White Parkway, to Summit Hill Drive, (first exit).  Turn right onto Summit Hill Drive. Turn left onto Gay Street at the third traffic light. The Tennessee Theatre is located at 604 South Gay Street.


Free parking is available for most night and weekend performances at the State Street garage located behind the theater, as well as the nearby Locust Street and Market Square garages. Additional parking lots and on-street parking are located nearby. Click here to download a current and easy-to-read map.

For performances during regular business hours, parking is available in all of these areas for a fee. Parking fees vary from lot to lot. Please allow ample time to park.

Service fees

Service fees are charged in addition to the advertised ticket price and will vary depending on the purchase method.  Service fees cover the costs of operating a box office, including staffing, software licensing, and shipping/handling.

Website show calendar

We do not post shows on our schedule until we have confirmed an on-sale date.  For some rental or private events, information will not appear on our calendar. 

Dress code

There is no specific dress code for The Tennessee Theatre. Some events such as the Symphony and Opera will draw a dressier crowd. Most people enjoy dressing up to go to the theatre, but you will see people wearing everything from casual to Sunday best, and on Opera nights, formal wear.

Special needs

If you have special seating needs, please contact the theatre's box office directly at (865) 684-1200, option 2.


For most shows, the concession stand in the lobby sells snacks, sodas, beer, wine, and mixed drinks.  For movies, we sell popcorn, candy, soda, beer, and wine.  Prices vary from $2-10. Food and beverages are allowed inside the auditorium for all events except the symphony, some classical music events, and at the artist’s specific request.  Please check with the ushers and bartenders when you arrive at the theatre to see if there is a restriction on food and beverages in the auditorium for that evening’s performance.

Late Seating

Some events, such as symphony and Broadway performances, require late arriving patrons to enter the auditorium only at certain intervals once the production has begun.  Please check with the ushers when you arrive at the theatre to see if there is a late seating restriction for that evening’s performance.


To schedule a tour of the Tennessee Theatre, contact Bill Snyder or 865-684-1200 x 149.  Tours are scheduled depending on the theatre's schedule of events.  No tour will be scheduled on a date when there is a production taking place.

Lost & Found

Items that are left at the theatre are kept in our lost and found at the Clinch Avenue Box Office. Please call 865-684-1200, option 2 during regular business hours to see if your item has been turned in.  

Seating for Children 

Every person age 2 and above must have a ticket. Occasionally, shows may require tickets for everyone regardless of age. For questions, please contact the box office at 865-684-1200, option 2.


Per State Law, The Tennessee Theatre is a non-smoking venue. This rule is strictly enforced.

Camera/Audio/Video Policy

Every show is different. The Tennessee Theatre abides by the rules set forth by the artists and their management.  Please call the Theatre at 865-684-1200 within two weeks of the event for the camera policy. 

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Opera and UT Cultural Events

These local performing arts organizations produce events at the Tennessee Theatre and sell tickets through their own offices. Tickets for these organizations' shows are available at Knoxville Tickets outlets, by phone at 865-656-4444, online by clicking here.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
100 South Gay Street, Suite 302
Knoxville, TN 37902
Box Office: 865-291-3310
Administrative Offices: 865-523-1178
Fax: 865-546-3766

Knoxville Opera
612 East Depot Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917
Box Office: 865-524-0795, option 1

UT-Cultural Attractions Committee
Office of Student Activities
305 University Center
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996
Phone: 865-974-5455
Fax: 865-974-9252