What a terrific year at the Tennessee! We are grateful that you choose to attend events at the Tennessee Theatre and create lasting memories here. We had many sellouts this year, including Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell, the Doobie Brothers and Avett Brothers, Kacey Musgraves, and Weird Al Yankovic, just to name a few. We’re also proud to provide a home to the Knoxville Symphony and Knoxville Opera, and to be a featured venue during the critically-acclaimed Big Ears Festival. And what would a historic movie palace be without classic movies? The popularity of the Summer Movie Magic shows us you agree that there’s no place quite like the Tennessee to enjoy an old favorite. We enjoyed experiencing some amazing performances with you this year!
As 2015 comes to a close, a few of us here at the Tennessee Theatre want to share with you our favorite memories of the year. We look forward to seeing you soon in 2016!
- Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the reopening of the restored theatre (January 14)
- Being part of the audience for the Alabama Shakes’ sold-out concert (March 21)
- Partnering with the East Tennessee History Center and TAMIS for the open house/film festival and the screening of silent film STARK LOVE (August 15)
- Hanging out with Emmylou Harris and her dog backstage at the Stars on Stage Dinner Concert
- The Alabama Shakes end of the tour party at The Bistro
- Talking with Ry Cooder and Ricky Skaggs after their show in August
- Kids Movie Day: Seeing all the children’s faces light up when they came to see the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a memory I will not soon forget! That was a really special day.
- Alabama Shakes: Man oh man, what a show!
- Costumes and Classic Cartoons Open House: So many adorable children in costume! And seeing the cartoons of my childhood made my heart smile.
- The book release open house. Because my photo is in the book. 😉 And I was really excited about the book, as we had talked about it for years.
- June 8. I officially switched positions after 10+ years as house/assistant GM.
- Ben Rector – my friend from NJ came in for the show. I loved hearing him gush over the Theatre.
- My favorite TT memory of 2015 was the July Mighty Musical Monday program with WBIR TV 10 anchor John Becker as MC. The songs of the five services are played on the organ, and veterans are asked to stand and be honored when the song of their service is played. John is the perfect MC for that program because of his production and narrating of the award winning weekly show Service and Sacrifice which focuses on the lives of veterans.
- Another favorite memory of 2015 was the Rocky Horror Picture Show on the last Saturday of October. Riding up on the lift with the organ playing at full volume Sweet Transvestite is thrilling, particularly with the audience producing a higher decibel sound level than the organ! It is really Williamina playing the organ, not Bill. Williamina is beloved by the Rocky Horror Picture Show crowd.
- When I arrived here in April 2015, I had never been to the Tennessee Theatre. I was immediately blown away by the beauty of the building. Since then I have gotten to know the staff and am blessed to work with all of them. It is an uplifting place to come to each day to do a job that I love. Even after a few short months, I feel privileged to be a part of preserving this great entertainment palace for future generations.
- Seeing so many students and teachers experience a Broadway performance together was the highlight of my year! Our Youth Arts Alliance program hosted many students for Annie, Guys and Dolls, and Sound of Music.