Behold this magnificent venue


Have you ever wondered how many light bulbs are in each chandelier in the Grand Lobby?  How has the seating capacity changed over the years? What event attracted the biggest crowds?  Which Broadway show brought 12 semi-trucks full of scenery, sets, and costumes? Learn these details and more about the history, performances, and complete renovation of the Official State Theatre of Tennessee. You’ll go to areas not usually open to the public, and walk away with a better understanding and appreciation for this architectural and cultural gem.

BASIC TOUR (Select Tuesdays at 11AM, 60-75 minutes, $15 per person) A guided walkthrough featuring the fascinating history, renovation, and performance highlights of the Theatre. Attendees will tour the Grand Lobby, Auditorium, Stage, and Dressing Rooms. All areas are accessible by elevator if needed.

DELUXE TOUR (Select weekdays at 1PM and Saturdays at 11AM and 1PM, 90-100 minutes, $25 per person)  An in-depth discovery of the Theatre’s rich history and comprehensive renovation, and its performances, past and present. In addition to the Grand Lobby, Auditorium, Stage, and Dressing Rooms, attendees will visit the projection booth and attic, the fly floor, and learn more about the theatrical equipment that brings the shows to life. Some areas are accessible only by several flights of stairs.

FAMILY TOUR (Select weekdays at 1PM, 60-75 minutes, $15 per person) This tour is designed for families with children under 12 years old. A guided walkthrough featuring fun facts, fascinating history, details about the theatre’s renovation, and the opportunity for kids to try out their “stage voice”. Children will receive an activity page that utilizes what they will learn on the tour and coloring pages to enjoy at home. This one is for the adults, too! All attendees will learn about Knoxville’s Grand Entertainment Palace and will tour the Grand Lobby, Auditorium, Stage, and Dressing Rooms. All areas are accessible by elevator if needed.

  • With the health and safety of all tour participants in mind, tour group sizes will be very limited. Should your selected tour time reach capacity, we will contact you to offer space in another time slot as available.
  • All attendees will be required to wear a face covering and will be subject to health screening protocols before entering the Theatre.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early so the tour can begin on time.
  • Personal photography with a point and shoot camera is permitted. No professional photography.
  • The Tennessee Theatre reserves the right to exclude certain areas/spaces on the tour due to unexpected maintenance or repairs.
  • While all are welcome, Basic and Deluxe tours are geared for attendees aged 12 & up. For younger ages, we suggest the Family tour.
  • Advance reservations are required.

Your tour ticket helps support the Tennessee Theatre and its nonprofit mission. Thank you, and we hope to see you behind the scenes at the Tennessee Theatre!

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