Historic Tennessee Theatre - Est. 1928 Knoxville, Tennessee


The Official State Theatre of Tennessee

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The beautiful Tennessee Theatre is the centerpiece of historic Knoxville, located in the heart of Downtown.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and honored as the Official State Theatre of Tennessee, "Knoxville's Grand Entertainment Palace" reopened in 2005 after a $25.5 million restoration process. Today, the Tennessee Theatre offers the rare opportunity to step back in time. The magnificent architecture and stunning décor shine as brightly as they did on the Theatre’s opening day on October 1, 1928 and will overwhelm even the most discriminating visitors.

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.


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 $2-9. Food and beverages are allowed inside the auditorium for all events except symphony, opera, and all classical music events, and at the artist’s specific request.

Lost & Found

If you've lost something in the theater, please call the box office at 865-684-1200, Monday thru Friday, 10 am to 5 pm.


In accordance with state law, the Tennessee Theatre is a non-smoking venue. This rule is strictly enforced.