The Tennessee Theatre Purchases Four Floors of the Mechanics Bank and Trust Building

I first wrote about the Mechanics Bank and Trust Building at 612 South Gay Street about four-and-a-half years ago. The article focused on the amazing fifth floor of the building. Almost a year ago I, again, wrote about the Mechanics Bank and Trust Building, with a focus on the first four floors, which were for […]

Can Opera Be Funny? Can It Even Make Fun of Itself? Check Out These Performances!

Knoxville Opera presents a double bill tonight and Sunday at the Tennessee Theatre and the fare is anything but stilted. If you haven’t experienced opera, this would be a good place to start. If you enjoy opera, but think it sometimes takes itself a bit too seriously, this is your night. The Impressario is presented […]

An Interview with a Knoxville Treasure: Dr. Bill Snyder

October 1 is a bit of a momentous day. The Tennessee Theatre celebrates the precise 90th anniversary of their opening day, October 1, 1928. It culminates their 90 years in 90 days celebration and it also marks the end of an important era in the history of the theater. Dr. Bill Snyder officially retires that […]

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 […]

Knoxville Opera Presents La Bohème

Originally performed in 1896 in Turin, and conducted by Toscanini, La bohème was not an immediate success. Both audience reception and critical notices were tepid, but the opera grew in popularity to become one of the most performed operas for many years. Toscanini repeated his performance for the fiftieth anniversary of the opera and that […]