Tennessee's 10 Best Live Theater Venues!

In the Volunteer State, our love for the performing arts is strong. Tennessee is home to many live theater venues that host some of the most enchanting theatrical productions, musical acts and dance pieces for those of all ages to enjoy. Here are the 10 best places in Tennessee to witness it all! 

1. Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN

Known as “the South’s most beautiful theater” this venue first opened its doors in 1912. Decorated with a Spanish-Moorish style on the interior, you will be wowed by the performances and the décor. Hosting musical acts, dance shows and theatrical performances, you’re sure to find an entertaining show that’s great for a night out!

2. Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville, TN

Located in the heart of Downtown Nashville, venue houses the Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera and Nashville Repertory Theatre as resident performances. With three separate stages, there is always something interesting to see here. Check their upcoming shows to find an entertaining act to attend. 

3. Playhouse on The Square, Memphis, TN

Playhouse on The Square is a regional theatre company that is found in the Memphis area. The players here channel the intelligence, creativity and soul of the Memphis natives and create ideal performances that entertain anyone who sets foot in this theater. If you’re interested in the performing arts, take one of their classes or see one of their remarkable acts perform.

4. Bijou Theatre, Knoxville, TN

The historic Bijou Theatre in Knoxville has been entertaining and enriching the lives of Knoxville residents and travelers since 1909. Here you’ll find musical theatre and several different musical acts to enjoy! 

5. Paramount Center for The Arts, Bristol, TN

This Art Deco designed theater was originally created as a movie house in the 1930s by Paramount-Publix. After closing its doors for ten years, the local community raised the money to renovate the theater and make it into one of the premier live performance venues in the state. This is a great spot for a date night! 

6. Theatre Memphis, Memphis, TN

Community theatre can truly tell you so much about a city. This Memphis not-for-profit started in the 1920s and is still a gem in the area today. Serving the community with their Outreach and Education Department, underserved children are provided with mentorships in the arts and residency programs. Become a member or purchase single tickets to see some of the most entertaining performances around.

7. Chattanooga Theatre Center, Chattanooga, TN

Recently this non-profit theatre celebrated 93 seasons of moving and engaging performances! The Chattanooga Theatre Center puts on both classic and modern enactments of some of the most mesmerizing plays in the state. Children will love their different arts classes and summer camp!

8. Hendersonville Performing Arts, Hendersonville, TN

This teaching theatre provides both children and adults with the chance to develop and learn about acting and putting on productions. Hendersonville Performing Arts’ family oriented plays feature so much talent; it’s definitely worth a visit!

9. Dark Horse Theater, Nashville, TN

Dark Horse is a small performing arts theatre located just outside of downtown Nashville. This venue used to be a Presbyterian church but now shows theater, music and dance performances.

10. The Larry Keeton Theatre, Nashville, TN

If you’re looking for a good meal and a show, The Larry Keeton Theatre in Nashville can provide you with both! Reserve a table and bring your own wine to wind down and enjoy an enjoyable performance or concert.

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