Checking In With Becky Hancock and the Tennessee Theatre

I spoke with Becky Hancock, Executive Director of the Tennessee Theatre. I asked if she would talk us through those early days when they realized this would be a significant event, through what transpired over the next weeks and into what she sees in the coming months. As she noted throughout the conversation, events tomorrow […]

Tennessee Theatre Announces 90th Anniversary Events

It’s unlikely there is a citizen alive in Knoxville who remembers a time without the Tennessee Theatre anchoring the 600 block of Gay Street. Its official birthday is October 1, 1928 and big plans are afoot to recognize the institution that is carried in the hearts of so many of our citizens. Executive Director Becky […]

The Historic Tennessee Theatre Relights Its Marquee and Signature Blade Sign

The long story of the Tennessee Theatre continues and, happily, most of the recent chapters have been happy ones. Originally built as a movie palace, it opened its doors on October 1, 1928 with a showing of “The Fleet Is In.” More of these palaces, often funded by movie companies such as Paramount, opened in […]

TN Theatre Celebrates: Open House, Tours and A New Book

Ten years ago tomorrow, January 14, 2005, the Tennessee Theatre opened its doors on a new era. Closed for the restoration that brought its appearance back to an opulence most Knoxville citizens could not remember – likely better than it was in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s – the era in which most older citizens […]

Latest on the Farragut Building

Just less than a year ago the old Farragut Hotel building was part of our local conversation. Developers from California-based Halo Hospitality Group had an option to purchase and said they intended to return the hotel to its former glory and purpose by building out 190 rooms with high-quality amenities. The developers called a large […]