Renovated 1928 rococo-style theater for films and musical concerts. Listed on National Register of Historic Places. Home to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Knoxville Opera Company.
The Tennessee Theatre is one of the last great movie palaces still in operation. Opening its doors on October 1, 1928, the Tennessee made kings and queens of all who entered its lavish interior. Afterall, the idea of the movie palace was to create a fantasy land, a place where people could forget the outside world and its troubles - at least while they were inside the castle on Gay Street. Now, 71 years later, the Tennessee Theatre is still captivating audiences with its ambiance and with the entertainment it has to offer. Besides enchanting crowds with the likes of Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh on its big screen, the Tennessee hosts a variety of world-renowned entertainers throughout the year. The theatre is also home to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the Knoxville Opera Company. In addition, the Tennessee is available for special occasions including weddings, receptions and corporate events. No matter the occasion, the Tennessee Theatre offers a truly unique experience to all of its visitors. 604 Gay St. 865-522-1174.
City Ballet of Knoxville
P.O. Box 1664, Knoxville, TN 37901. 865-544-0495.
East Tennessee's only fully professional ballet company brings quality performances throughout the year, including the holiday favorite, 'The Nutcracker.' Call for ticket information. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Knoxville Opera Company
612 E. Depot Ave. 865-524-0795.
Four professional productions annually. Knoxville Opera Company invites you to join us for our 2000-2001 Season! We are pleased to continue the Student Dress Rehearsal Program with three exciting productions. The Program is offered at no direct admission cost and is underwritten by local businesses and Knoxville Opera Company. We hope students and educators will take advantage of the opportunity to experience professional opera with international opera stars, lavish sets, tailor-made costumes and music performed by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
The Arts Council of Greater Knoxville
A non-profit organization whose goal is 'connecting artists and audiences.' Through its many programs, it brings together the best of Knoxville's cultural attractions in the city, county and surrounding East Tennessee area. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m Phone 877-566-9278.
Appalachian Ballet Company
The Appalachian Ballet Company (ABC) is East Tennessee's premier classical performing company that makes its home at Van Metre School of Dance in Maryville, Tennessee. Chartered in 1972, ABC's talented company of dancers performs an annual three-program season, providing the region with the highest quality dance performances. ABC offers a wide repertory from traditional classics to creative contemporary ballets and regularly performs with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Youth Symphony, and the Knoxville Opera Company. The company also collaborates with area performing arts groups and is active in educational outreach.
Bijou Theatre Center
The Bijou has been commercially active almost continuously since 1817. It is Knoxville's fourth oldest building, but is Knoxville's third oldest building on its original foundation. The Bijou Theatre Center presents and produces the finest in performing arts for East Tennessee. The Bijou Theatre Center preserves its facility which has been placed on the National Registry of Historic Places. It now functions without its second balcony seating, which is primarily used for lighting. Its 758 seats, without boxes, makes it a perfect fit into the Knoxville entertainment scene. The types of attractions it presents keeps a special ambiance between the stage and auditorium which many performers continue to rave about.
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra
406 Union Ave., Suite 100. 865-523-1178.
Performs nearly 300 concerts a year, several including world-class guest artists. The KSO has developed a reputation for its playing of the great 19th century masterpieces. This season, will bring new romantic works from Smetana, Wagner and Strauss, while revisiting thers that this orchestra have made their own.
Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum
500 E. Church Ave. Phone 865-544-5388.
Ticket office 865-656-4444.
The Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, located in the center of downtown Knoxville, is an outstanding multi-use facility, sites of music, dance, theatre, and other entertainment events year-round.
Laurel Theatre and Jubilee Center
16th and Laurel Ave. 865-522-5851.
Concerts, dance, poetry, readings and festivals dedicated to preserving Southern Appalachian culture. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the building stood for many years as the Fort Sanders Presbyterian Church, constructed in 1898. Today the Laurel Theatre is a performance center and home of Jubilee Community Arts, an organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of traditional music and art forms of the Southern Appalachians. While many buildings in Ft. Sanders and in Knoxville have crumbled under the wrecking ball or yielded their integrity to piecemeal renovation, the Laurel Theatre has stayed alive as an ongoing and growing institution. When the original Presbyterian congregation became inactive, an ecumenical urban ministry was founded to serve the community. The Epworth Ecumenical congregation held services in the building for many years
Tennessee Children's Dance Ensemble
4216 Sutherland Ave. 865-588-8842.
Exciting performances by Tennessee's internationally acclaimed official goodwill ambassadors.The theatre function as a professional modern dance company, setting a high standard of excellence in dance using artists 8-17 years of age. The group represent the State of Tennessee, the nation, and the world as dancing Ambassadors of Goodwill. To pursue excellence by aggressively marketing itself to family audiences using TCDE's unique young dancers as positive role models for children worldwide.
The Tennessee Amphitheater was a central element in the 1982 World’s Fair Park. The Amphitheater, the US Pavilion and the Sun Sphere were playful elements around the park's central reflecting pool. Each building is a different paradigm of construction, material, and presence. Today the Sun Sphere and the Tennessee Amphitheater still challenge and complement each other with gestures to the sky and the ground. Both structures are incorporated in the new Knoxville Convention Center Master Plan as links to connect the University of Tennessee and Downtown Knoxville. World's Fair Park. 865-523-4228. Covered outdoor stage and seating area for concerts, drama, dance and other special events.
UT Music Hall and Opera Theatre
UT Music Hall, 1741 Volunteer Blvd. (on UT campus) 865-974-8935 or call the UT concertline at 865-974-5678.The School of Music at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville offers over 150 recitals and concerts per year. Regularly scheduled music concerts and recitals, plus opera performances at various times during the academic year. For a complete list of concerts and recitals, see the "Calendar" pages on the UT School of Music Website or call (865) 974-8935.
Tennessee Valley Players
The Tennessee Valley Players is a not-for-profit community theatre group located in Knoxville, Tennessee. TVP's mission is to provide theatrical opportunities for the community as participants and as audience.
Tennessee Stage Company
The Tennessee Stage Company is a professional theater company offering a year-round program of plays, readings, acting classes, and community outreach programs. Focus is on producing plays by Southern playwrights, but TSC is best known for its annual summer Shakespeare in the Park series, which attracts visitors from throughout the Southeast.
Clarence Brown Theatre
The Clarence Brown Theatre is a 581-seat proscenium theatre built in 1970 and dedicated to Clarence Brown, University of Tennessee alumnus and distinguished film director. The building, located in the center of UT's campus, also houses the costume, light, sound and scene shops. The theatre provides seating for the physically challenged and listening systems for the deaf and hearing impaired.
Theatrical and dance performances by faculty, students and professional guest artists throughout the year. The Clarence Brown Theatre Company presents a varied repertoire of plays featuring nationally and internationally known guest artists, making the Clarence Brown Theatre one of the finest theatres in the Southeastern region of the United States. The University of Tennessee is one of a select number of universities nationwide that are affiliated with a professional LORT theatre, allowing MFA candidates and undergraduates in theatre regular opportunities to work alongside professional actors while earning membership in Actors' Equity Association. The Ula Love Doughty Carousel Theatre, one of the nation's first arena theatres, is a versatile 400-seat space featuring flexible seating and staging. Located next to the Clarence Brown Theatre, the Carousel Theatre was renamed in October 1991 in tribute to Mrs. Doughty, a devoted patron who has provided for the building's future. 1714 Andy Holt Blvd. on UT campus.
The Carpet Bag Theatre, Inc.
The Carpet Bag Theatre, Inc. (CBT) is a community based, non-profit, professional theatre company dedicated to the production of new works. CBT's Ensemble Company develops new scripts primarily through collaboration and improvisation. Founded in 1970, CBT is a corporation of writers, artists, dancers and musicians. It has had a notably good record of performances, workshops, and other activities, and is one of the few tenured African-American professional theatre companies in the South.
Jubilee Community Arts
Jubilee Community Arts is a regional, community cultural center, dedicated to preserving and nurturing the evolving traditional arts and cultural communities of this Southern Appalachian region. For thirty years, Jubilee has served as a meeting ground for area artists and residents of diverse backgrounds, offering performance series and participatory educational programs throughout the twenty-one counties surrounding Knoxville.
The Co-op produces six mainstage productions a season, an alternative season known as the Beehive, a theatre-training program known as the Actors Co-op Training Studio and several arts outreach programs. The Actors Co-op is dedicated to providing entertaining, thought-provoking and inventive theatre to the Knoxville area, by placing its focus on the actor and their ability to create an honest performance. The Actors Co-op believes in establishing a strong bond between the audience, the actor and the story of the play.
Tennessee's Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena is widely recognized as one of the nation's premier basketball facilities. Only Syracuse's Carrier Dome, which is also utilized for football, can seat more on-campus basketball fans. Named for the late B. Ray Thompson and former UT President Dr. Edward J. Boling, the arena is set for another busy sports schedule this year with the Vols and Lady Vols playing host to some of the nation's top teams in their home schedules. In addition to basketball games, the venue also hosts concerts, camps, conferences and other special events throughout the year. 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way. 865-974-0953. Ticket office 656-4444.