$90 for 90 More Years


In honor of our 90th Anniversary, we encourage a donation of $90, or any amount you wish. Your contribution will help us preserve this community treasure and open its doors for free events so that all may experience its magic! 

On October 1, 1928, thousands of people first entered the magnificent Grand Lobby with its sparkling chandeliers and stately staircases, and they experienced a live stage show and hit movie in the ornate auditorium, with its gold-painted ceiling and red velvet curtains. They were the inaugural patrons of millions to enjoy Knoxville’s Grand Entertainment Palace over the next nine decades.

A non-profit organization since 1996, the Tennessee Theatre has a mission to preserve, maintain and operate the Official State Theatre of Tennessee as a performing arts and entertainment venue for the benefit and enjoyment of all. Today the Tennessee presents a wide variety of touring concerts and Broadway shows; is home to the Knoxville Symphony, Knoxville Opera, and Knoxville Jazz Orchestra; screens vintage films; and hosts many other special events. The Tennessee Theatre also ensures everyone can experience this unrivaled movie palace, even if they can’t afford a ticket. Each year we present or host about 30 free events welcoming about 30,000 people, including the monthly Mighty Musical Monday concerts featuring the Wurlitzer organ, and many opportunities for children to see a show or learn about the history of the Tennessee.  It’s what James Dick, the man who saved this wonderful place in 1982, wanted.

Help us make the next 90 years grand. Thank you for your support!