January 13, 2012

Touring the Historic Tennessee Theatre


A week ago, the southern beau and I attended a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Tennessee Theatre located on Gay Street in Knoxville, and I wanted to share some of the pictures I took of the gorgeous facility. Opening in 1928 as a silent movie house, it’s the Official State Theatre of Tennessee as well as listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


The theatre is designed in the Spanish Moorish style, and was totally restored prior to its grand re-opening in 2005. Even down to the carpet pattern, styles and designs are as authentic as they could get to match what it would have been back in its hey day.


The first film to play at the Tennessee Theatre back in the 1920s was The Fleet’s In, staring the IT girl herself, Clara Bow. Since then the theatre has been a place to see movies, concerts, musicals and even hold your wedding or high school prom.


I was lucky enough to perform on the stage of the Tennessee Theatre while in college when my sorority competed in the annual All Sing competition. This was prior to the renovations, but it was still an awesome experience.


One of my best friends saw Les Miserables there this week and I’m trying not to be too jealous. It’s just such a wonderful venue to see a show. The grandeur of it sort of overtakes you and creates a really magical time.


Have you ever been to the Tennessee Theatre? If not, I highly recommend you go. And even if you can’t see a show, just take a peek in the lobby.

Are you a person who enjoys attending live performances? What was the last great show you saw? Or if it’s been awhile, what’s the next one you’re dreaming of seeing?