Preserving the past, building the future


The $25.5 million renovation of the Historic Tennessee Theatre, completed in 2005, was made possible through a partnership of contributors from government, foundations, corporations and private individuals. The renovation preserved the past by retaining and restoring the original 1928 Spanish Moorish architecture.

Building the future will be accomplished through diverse programming that will provide entertainment and cultural events satisfying a wide variety of tastes. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Tennessee Theatre continues to raise money each year to support operating costs and to subsidize some programs.

Your continued support is requested so that the theater can continue to serve as Knoxville’s Grand Entertainment Palace. Whether you are an individual wishing to make a personal contribution or a corporation that wishes to forge a partnership, there are a variety of ways that you can make an impact on the Tennessee Theatre’s future.

Our special thanks to all of those who have remained or become a friend of the Tennessee Theatre. Your support is invaluable.  If you would like to learn more about how you can support us, please contact Executive Director Becky Hancock at 865.684.1200.

Like many theatres around the world, the Tennessee Theatre temporarily closed its doors to the public in March 2020 due to the pandemic. As a nonprofit arts organization, closing our doors to the public means a significant loss of revenue. While our top priority is keeping our patrons, visiting artists, and staff safe and secure, funds from tickets, concessions sales, and rental fees are the main sources of income and contribute significantly to our financial stability. This closure greatly affects our ability to preserve this beautiful historic theater, and to share it with everyone in the community.