This is a free event.

(plus applicable fees)

For more information, contact the Tennessee Theatre's Clinch Avenue Box Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or Saturday 10am-2pm at 865-684-1200.

Event Info

Join us for a cinematic celebration of the region's country music history, including an open house and self-guided dressing room tours! The Knox County Public Library’s Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound (TAMIS) once again partners with the Tennessee Theatre to present a day of archival film and video during the annual East Tennessee History Fair. Additional support comes from Friends of the Knox County Public Library.

The Theatre will open at 10:30 a.m. for an open house and will screen rare treasures from the TAMIS vault throughout the day. Thirty-minute breaks between each film presentation allow for exploration of the Theatre lobby, lounge, auditorium, and dressing room areas.* The full schedule is listed below. All screenings are FREE and open to the public.

11:00 - It's Startime with Jim Clayton! - Highlights from Jim Clayton’s weekly variety show from the 1960s and 1970s, showcasing country music acts from the Knoxville area, as well as a few Nashville stars. Featuring performances by Con Hunley, Jimmy Hartsook, Kathy Hill, Barbara Mandrell and much more, including recently filmed commentary and reminiscences from Clayton himself!

12:30 - Cas Walker Farm and Home Hour - Spotlighting one of East Tennessee’s most popular variety show, clips from Cas Walker’s legendary television program will include vintage commercial, musical performances and more than a few words from the man himself.

2:00 - Special preview of COUNTRY MUSIC: A FILM BY KEN BURNS - In partnership with East Tennessee Public Television, this unique sneak peek at the remarkable stories of the people and places behind a true American art form focuses on East Tennessee's contribution to Country Music.

3:30 – Event concludes and Theatre closes.

During the open house, attendees will be able to explore the lobby, lounges, auditorium, and dressing room suite of the Tennessee Theatre, an area seldomly open to the public. (*Due to requirements for film screening, the stage and projection booth will not be accessible.)

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