Tennessee Theatre

A Must-visit in Downtown Knoxville

The Tennessee Theatre is a beautiful and historic entertainment venue in downtown Knoxville. This gorgeous 1,600 seat theatre has been a part of Knoxville for over 90 years and has been graced by many actors, singers, musicians, dancers, and comedians. Learn more about what to expect when visiting this amazing place!

A Brief History About Tennessee Theatre

Tennessee Theatre first opened its doors to the public in 1928. The theatre has been host to many big names in the world of entertainment, including Robert Palmer, Kenny Chesney, and Johnny Cash.

In addition to this, the Tennessee Theatre has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places!

Visiting Tennessee Theatre

It should come as no surprise to you that the Tennessee Theatre has many different performances throughout each year. Some of these include Broadway musicals, big-name comedians, movies, and more. 

Aside from the amazing performances available, another great thing about the theatre is that the admission may be tax-deductible! By purchasing a ticket to a performance, you may be able to deduct a portion of the ticket price for business expenses.

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How to Get There

The Tennessee Theatre can be found at 604 South Gay Street.

If you are coming from I-40 East, you can take Exit 388a towards Summit Hill Drive. Then turn right onto Summit Hill Drive, and then left onto Gay Street.

For those coming from I-40 West, you will have to take Exit 388 towards Summit Hill Drive, and then follow the same directions as above.

If you live near Knoxville Museum of Art, you can easily get to Tennessee Theatre on foot. Head southeast on Worlds Fair Park Dr toward Clinch Ave, then turn left onto Clinch Ave and you will find the theatre on the right.


Tennessee Theatre is a must-go place in downtown Knoxville for locals, tourists, and anyone who wants to see the best of what Tennessee has to offer. The theatre showcases all sorts of performances including concerts by popular artists, Broadway productions from New York City’s famous TONY Awards winning theatres, and much more! If you’re looking for something new or different that will excite your senses then this iconic venue is worth checking out!

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