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Theatre: Knoxville Theater (Special Collections)

This guide will help you find resources about theatre history and production techniques.

What's in this Guide?

Black and white photograph looking north into Gay Street's 600 Block. the Tennessee theater's sign is visible. This research guide will direct you to Knoxville performance arts and motion picture theater resources in Special Collections. 

Gay Street (600 Block) between 1928-1937. View on Gay Street in downtown Knoxville, looking north from Church Avenue with the Tennessee Theater sign in the distance. From the Images of East Tennessee Digital Collection. 

General Resources

Use the following to locate general information on the prominent theaters in Knoxville's history. Combining some terms can help return more relevant results.

  • college theater
  • Knoxville, Tennessee Theater(s)
  • Motion picture theaters
  • theater
  • theater programs




To find more information on locating primary sources, manuscripts, and archives material in Special Collections, please visit the Using Special Collection's SCOUT research guide, found at


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Louisa Trott
Hodges Library
1015 Volunteer Blvd
TN 37996
Subjects: Art, Cinema Studies, Theatre