In the foothills of Appalachia, you’ll find an east Tennessee town with grit. It’s the kind of town that’s been around and seen some things. It’s adventurous and exciting. It’s raw, yet refined. The city is Knoxville, Tennessee, and this once rebellious frontier Appalachian town has matured. There is a sense of sophistication to the city now. This beautiful mountain town done got classy, and nowhere is the city’s elegance more evident than in its two theaters.
The Bijou Theatre, located on Gay Street, is one of the most acoustically sound venues you’ll ever experience. The theatre was originally built as an opera house in 1909, during the pre-electricity era, so the acoustics are phenomenal. New York Times dubbed the Bijou, “one of the best sounding rooms in this country.” It’s a smaller theater with an intimate feel. Bijou Theatre is a rare commodity for the 21st century. It has old school atmosphere, and the acoustics resonate throughout the entire building.
As you leave the Bijou Theatre, the flashy marquee of the Tennessee Theatre is shining bright over Gay Street. The venue is slightly larger than the Bijou, but what it lacks in intimacy, it more than makes up for in its stunning beauty. The Rolling Stone compared it to performing inside a Faberge egg. This venue is full of 1920s class. With its historical feel, this once dying theatre is feeling more alive than ever since its major restorations in 2003. After restorations were completed, there was a sold-out show in 2005. The 1,631 seats make the Tennessee Theater is the best place to see larger live concerts in Knoxville.
Come visit, experience a little bit of Appalachian class in the middle of beautiful Knoxville, Tennessee.