A few weeks ago, I was given an amazing opportunity to explore one of Knoxville’s most prized assets: The Historic Tennessee Theatre. I, along with a group of friends, was given nearly unrestricted access with a camera to explore the renovated movie palace…and I made every effort to take full advantage of it!
The kind and talented Bill Snyder was the generous man who invited us in, gave us a brief history lesson, and played the mighty Wurlitzer Organ for our entertainment. Bill has been involved with the Theatre since the 70s, if I remember his stories correctly, and he had some wonderful stories to share. If you ever get an opportunity to talk to him, I would highly recommend you do so!
The Theatre appears in the film October Sky (some scenes were filmed in Knoxville). You can find out more interesting facts about the history of the Theatre and the Wurlitzer on its Wikipedia page—though the wiki isn’t as informative as Snyder!
Below are roughly 100 images I was able to capture during my tour. I wanted to share a glimpse into this beautiful and grand movie palace with everyone, so treat yourself to a photographic Tour of the Tennessee Theatre!