Membership
Become a Friend of the Tennessee Theatre
 

Friends of the Tennessee Theatre is a passionate community of theater-goers who enjoy live music, comedy, Broadway performance, classic film screenings and more! Your membership will help sustain everything you love about the Tennessee Theatre, including necessary building updates, and you will enjoy the benefits for an entire year. Honoring the mission of the Tennessee Theatre, membership contributions also support free community events and open houses, ensuring that everyone in the community can make memories at the Tennessee.

Bronze - Up to $299

Silver - $300 to $999

  • Above, plus:
  • Opportunity for advanced ticket purchase before they go on sale to the public (limit 4 per household per show; access on Wednesdays***)
  • Waived ticket fees (must purchase through Tennessee Theatre box office to receive benefit)
  • Choice of one of the below, or you may choose neither and your entire gift will be tax deductible:
    • Custom Poster by Status Serigraph
    • Note Card Set by Michael Underwood

Gold - $1000 to $4999 

  • Bronze benefits, plus:
  • Opportunity for advanced ticket purchase before they go on sale to the public (limit 4 per household per show; access on Tuesdays***)
  • Choice of one from each row below, or you may choose none and your entire gift will be tax deductible:
    • Custom Poster by Status Serigraph
    • Two (2) Summer Movie Magic Passes
    • Note Card Set by Michael Underwood
    • Six (6) $15 concession vouchers

Platinum - $5000-$9999 

  • Bronze benefits, plus:
  • Opportunity for advanced ticket purchase before they go on sale to the public (limit 4 per household per show; access on Mondays***)
  • Invitations to exclusive events (such as meet and greets when available, etc)
  • Choice of one from each row below, or you may choose none and your entire gift will be tax deductible:
    • Custom Poster by Status Serigraph
    • Four (4) Summer Movie Magic Passes
    • One (1) Tennessee Theatre Book
    • Note Card Set by Michael Underwood
    • Ten (10) $15 concession vouchers
    • Two (2) tickets for an event of your choice*

Diamond - $10,000+

  • Bronze benefits, plus:
  • Opportunity for advanced ticket purchase before they go on sale to the public (limit 4 per household per show; access on Mondays***)
  • Choice of one from each row below, or you may choose none and your entire gift will be tax deductible:
    • Custom Poster by Status Serigraph
    • Six (6) Summer Movie Magic Passes
    • One (1) Tennessee Theatre Book
    • Private pre-show reception for up to twenty-five (25) guests**
    • Note Card Set by Michael Underwood
    • Sixteen (16) $15 concession vouchers
    • Two (2) tickets for an event of your choice*
    • Backstage pizza party prior to a movie for up to thirty-five (35) guests**

* Some events may be excluded from this offer.
** Guests must each have a ticket to the show; limited availablity.
****These days of the week are our general schedule. Some on-sales and notifications may happen on other days of the week. In those instances, we will provide you with details on what day you will have access to tickets. Access to tickets begins on the day of the week noted, but you may purchase tickets at any time thereafter. We encourage you to purchase tickets as soon as possible once your access begins in order to secure the best available seating.

(Early ticket buying privilieges are intended for members and those within the member's household only, and is one way in which we thank members for their donation. This privilege may be revoked if it is determined this privilege is being abused or used in a way that is not in accordance to our guidelines.) 

You will receive an email from Kelly Hider on Sunday* of the weeks in which we have a show(s) going on sale. You will then be able to purchase tickets through Jessica Smith-Dunlap in our box office. All purchases must go through our box office in order to secure the best available seats and waive ticket fees. Depending on your membership level, you may purchase tickets on the day listed below*:

  • Monday – Platinum and Diamond members ($5000 and up)
  • Tuesday – Gold members ($1000 - $4999)
  • Wednesday – Silver members ($300 - $999)

* These days of the week are our general schedule. Some on-sales and notifications may happen on other days of the week. In those instances, we will provide you with details on what day you will have access to tickets. Access to tickets begins on the day of the week noted, but you may purchase tickets at any time. We encourage you to purchase tickets as soon as possible in order to secure the best available seating.

In order to receive waived ticket fees (as well as the best available seats), you will need to purchase tickets through our box office. Jessica Smith-Dunlap (865-684-1200 or [email protected]) is your contact for ticket purchases. She will be happy to assist you with purchases. Any tickets purchased online are subject to ticket fees and may not be the best available seats for our members.

You will receive an email from Kelly Hider on Sunday* of the weeks in which we have a show(s) going on sale. You will then be able to purchase tickets through Jessica Smith-Dunlap in our box office. All purchases must go through our box office in order to secure the best available seats and waive ticket fees. Depending on your membership level, you may purchase tickets on the day listed below*:

  • Monday – Platinum and Diamond members ($5000 and up)
  • Tuesday – Gold members ($1000 - $4999)
  • Wednesday – Silver members ($300 - $999)

* These days of the week are our general schedule. Some on-sales and notifications may happen on other days of the week. In those instances, we will provide you with details on what day you will have access to tickets. Access to tickets begins on the day of the week noted, but you may purchase tickets at any time. We encourage you to purchase tickets as soon as possible in order to secure the best available seating.

Your membership is valid for 12 months from the time you join. If you join in the month of April, your membership is good through April 30 of the following year.

You and your spouse/partner whose name is given to us when you join may purchase tickets with your membership. If you do not have a spouse or partner but wish for someone else in your household, such as a child, to be able to purchase tickets, please contact us.

You may purchase up to four tickets per show per household. 

If you join online, you will be given the option on the sign-up form to make your donation recurring. You can set a schedule for donations to be made monthly, quarterly, or annually. If you wish to join via phone and want to set up a recurring donation, please let us know and we can process your membership accordingly. You will begin receiving benefits immediately. Should your recurring payment halt (often due to a credit card number change), your member benefits will cease until payments are back on schedule.

If you join online, you will be given the option on the sign-up form to make your gift recurring. You can set recurring gifts to be made monthly, quarterly, or annually. If you wish to join via phone and want to set up recurring gifts, please let us know and we can process your membership accordingly.

The tax-deductible amount of your membership is dependent upon the benefits you choose. If you elect none, your full membership gift may qualify as a tax deduction. Please consult your tax adviser or the IRS to determine deductibility. 

Your annual membership donation is instrumental in our success and allows us to expand the ways we serve the community. Over the last five years (since the inception of Friends of the Tennessee), with members’ generous support we have been able to:

 

  • Host free community events such as the annual East Tennessee History Day, many open houses, and the monthly Mighty Musical Monday concert, all of which allow us to open the Theatre’s doors to the community so that all may enjoy its splendor
  • Expand our children’s programming with the introduction of two new annual events – Costumes and Classic Cartoons and Cookies with Santa
  • Invest over $1.1 million in capital improvements for ongoing preservation and necessary upgrades (new stage floor, advancements in lighting and rigging, changes to HVAC systems, etc.)
  • Build partnerships with local organizations serving children to provide access to the arts and exploration of this iconic theatre and its history through tours
  • Provide rich cultural and artistic experiences that illuminate and inspire

Yes. You can become a member the week of a show’s on sale and gain access to tickets before the public on sale. To ensure access, please contact Kelly Hider at 865-684-1200 ext. 150 after joining. She will confirm your membership and connect you to the box office to purchase tickets.

You will receive a printed letter via US Mail alerting you when your membership is due for renewal approximately 5 weeks prior to expiration. You will also receive an email reminder approximately two weeks prior to expiration. If, at any time, you wish to confirm your membership expiration date, contact Kelly Hider (865-684-1200 ext. 150 or [email protected]).

If you wish to upgrade your membership before its expiration, please contact Mary Adkins at 865-684-1200 ext. 150.

A Friends of the Tennessee Membership makes a wonderful gift! To purchase a gift membership, please call Kelly Hider at 865-684-1200 ext. 150.

As a member, you may purchase up to four tickets per show. We would love for you to bring friends with you to shows, but we discourage purchasing tickets on friends’ behalf on a regular basis. If you have friends, family, or colleagues who wish to get the best tickets for shows they wish to attend on their own, please encourage them to become a member. If you have any question about this policy, please contact Kelly Hider (865-684-1200 ext. 150 or [email protected]).

Members get access to the best available seats and the total number of tickets available to members is not limited (as a whole; each household is limited to four tickets per show). While there is a pre-sale for newsletter subscribers, there is a very limited quantity of tickets available through that pre-sale, and the seating locations are scattered throughout the house.

VIP packages are coordinated and managed by the artist. While there are some exceptions, most VIP packages are sold online only, are subject to ticket fees, and cannot be sold through the Tennessee Theatre box office in advance.