The Tennessee Theatre celebrates arts in Knoxville with a Spring Open House on Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., which will include backstage tours, Wurlitzer organ music and an opportunity to learn about and support the marquee refurbishment campaign.


Spring traditionally has been a time in Knoxville to celebrate and promote the arts with Dogwood Arts and music festivals. The Tennessee Theatre is joining in that spirit and welcoming guests to enjoy the historic venue for free.


Attendees at the open house can take self-guided tours of backstage areas. Theater historians and staff members will be available to answer questions and provide information on the history of the marquee and the campaign to refurbish and upgrade the sign with 5,700 new brighter, energy-efficient light bulbs.


Several commemorative items will be on sale to support the marquee refurbishment, including a handcrafted blade sign ornament, fine art prints of the Tennessee Theatre marquee and the opportunity to sponsor a bulb or letter in the marquee.


Doors open at 11 a.m., and the event is open to the public. For more information on the marquee refurbishment campaign, visit