The Bijou Theatre Center serves to enhance Knoxville's cultural development by creating a gathering place for all, developing a platform for performances of all kinds, and preserving a touchstone of Knoxville's long, storied history – while building a vibrant and diverse future for the arts in our community.
The Bijou Theatre is one of East Tennessee’s oldest and most revered performance venues, opening in 1909, as part of the Lamar House Hotel, one of the oldest buildings in Knoxville. Praised by The New York Times as “one of the best sounding rooms in this country,” the Bijou offers a clear stage view and aural excellence from every seat. The building also houses the acclaimed Bistro Restaurant as well as the Theatre offices. Music, vaudeville, opera, comedy and more have all been performed on the historic stage throughout the years hosting, among others, Joan Baez, The Ramones, Public Enemy, Richard Thompson, Bob Weir, St. Vincent, The xx and comedian Aziz Ansari.
Find out more about the rich history of The Bijou and get to know the people that make memorable experiences at the Bijou possible.