Tennessee Theatre

604 S. Gay Street,
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Patsy
Patsy on September 8, 2012 at 9:16 am

This restored theatre is a must-see when in Knoxville! Hope to revisit this winter!

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 5, 2012 at 10:28 am

Future plans described in 1978 trade article: Boxoffice

tntim
tntim on April 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Here it is from the front.
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tntim
tntim on April 25, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Will,
The lattice showed up in the second round of photos that Jim Thompson shot in 1929
Don Pedro and his band only lasted until spring of 1929. Paramount discovered that the public accepted the shorts with sound instead of live acts. So there was no need to pay for a live band. My guess is they put up the lattice fence to hide the empty orchestra pit.

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on April 6, 2011 at 4:30 am

Tim
In the photo “Auditorium 1929” what’s with the trellis-like railing at the orchestra pit? Never noticed that before.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm

thanks Guys. i have one of the booth,somewhere!

tntim
tntim on July 31, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Here are some vintage pictures of the Tennessee.
Exterior Feb.1929:
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Lobby Aug. 1929:
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Auditorium 1929:
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 3, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Sept.18 1967 NOW SHOWING Sandy Dennis in “ UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE”

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 4, 2009 at 1:12 pm

yeah,I never knew what cue mark was until i worked in a theatre and i wasn’t even in the booth.I don’t think the public even notices them. I guess since no one hardy makes a change over who needs them today. I am going to Nashville right now.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 4, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Hey Mike I have tried to show my wife cue marks on old movies on T.V. I will point them out but she never sees them. Check out the Tennessee Theatre in Nashville site if you havent already.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 3, 2009 at 7:03 am

I Saw in the Knoxville paper a write-up on the Tennessee Theatre. Saw those 35mm projectors. WOW, YOU GUYS must use real projectionists that know a cue mark from a splice!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 26, 2009 at 1:43 pm

NOW PLAYING AT THE TENNESSEE THEATRE SUNDAY SEPT,24 1967 ROBERT REDFORD AND JANE FONDA IN BARE FOOT IN THE PARK, WITH A WOODY WOODPECKER CARTOON TICKETS WENT ON SALE AT 1;20 PM. LAST SHOW WAS AT 9;30. TWO FOR THE ROAD WAS THE NEXT FEATURE TO PLAY AT THAT SHOWPALACE.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on February 10, 2009 at 6:00 pm

In today’s Arts Section of the New York Times, this theatre as well as the nearby Bijou were mentioned as part of the Big Ears Festival.

“Mr. Capps’s company, AC Entertainment, manages and operates the Bijou, a 700-seat theater downtown on Gay Street, opened in 1909 and recently renovated into one of the best-sounding rooms I’ve experienced in this country. It also runs the Tennessee, a 1,500-seat theater with lavish, Moorish-style interiors a few blocks away.”

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on February 10, 2009 at 4:36 am

I can just hear Bill playing “The Time Warp” on the Wurlitzer.

hseiber
hseiber on February 9, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Oh and to Will:
You must have missed Dr. Snyder dressed as a female character from Rocky Horror Picture Show when we showed the film this past October! No dinner jackets in sight!

hseiber
hseiber on February 9, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Patsy, I have worked at the Tennessee Theatre since November 2004, and I assure that since that time the organ has always been RED with gold trim. Perhaps when you saw it Dr. Snyder was playing? Sometimes when he does the Mighty Musical Monday concerts he does use lighting which may reflect a different color?

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on January 27, 2009 at 6:49 am

Ha! The ghostly, white, mystery organ played by a spectral Jesse Crawford? Could it be cradled in a clandestinly created climate controlled crypt? Or does it reside only in the memories of organ interludes past? Where or when should we find the cadaverous claviers again? The sepulcural stops? The phantom pipes? The reaper’s ranks? Quote the Raven: “How the hell should I know?”

Patsy
Patsy on January 27, 2009 at 6:17 am

Lost: I’m sure many theatres have white organs…the key is locating them as it must be a rare sight. LOL! I know many churches have white organs as I have seen many of them.

Ziggy
Ziggy on January 27, 2009 at 5:17 am

Will, I always thought the cobwebs were more of an ash color than simply gray. Please explain? ;–)

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on January 27, 2009 at 4:50 am

The Tennessee’s console was always red with gold trim.

Here’s a photo of another moorish Wurlitzer console, this one quite similar to the Tennessee’s, though this one appears to be monochrome gold, rather than the If the link doesn’t work, search for Bob Castle on YouTube.com.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIvhJ_JBZFo

TheatreOrgan
TheatreOrgan on January 27, 2009 at 2:53 am

The Wurlitzer at the Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, (3 manuals) has always been thought of by me as being the smaller sister to the Wurlizter at the Alabama Theatre, Birmingham, Ala.(4 manuals), known to those fans as ‘Big Bertha’. www.theatreorgans.com/alabama/bham/

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on January 26, 2009 at 1:19 pm

At the risk of releasing another avalanche of posts, please see the virtual tour of the auditorium here and the June 2008 photo LM posted at 10:47 this morning.

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The console is red. RED. R E D! It has gold trim. The keys are white and black and the stop tabs in black, ivory, red and mottled yellow. The toe studs are nickle plated and the black swell shoes outlined in chrome. The music rack lamp is gold-toned. The natural pedal keys are clear-finished maple with ebony sharps. The undersides of all the pedal keys are lightly coated with dust and cobwebs which at first glance appear to be white, but upon closer examination are actually light gray. Dr. Snyder’s hair is a charming shade of white and he usually wears a black dinner jacket or occassionally black tails, there being, thank the gods, no sequins in his wardrobe.

Ziggy
Ziggy on January 26, 2009 at 10:54 am

Patsy, I have another possible explanation, and I wouldn’t bring this up except for the fact that I’ve done it myself. After my first visit to the Landmark in Syracuse (it was still the “Loew’s State”) I very distinctly remembered the dome in the lobby being gold leafed. I mean I was 100% positive that the main dome in the lobby ceiling was absolutely gold leafed. When I went back for a 2nd visit, imagine my surprise to fine that the dome was painted in various colors and in oriental patterns! Maybe your memory is playing tricks on you?