The Historic Bijou Theatre strives to bring special cultural and entertainment events that will enrich the lives of East Tennesseans, stimulate cultural diversity, promote the growth of downtown, and reflect excellence in the performing arts.
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 U.S. Cellular Stage at 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, Richard Thompson, Bob Weir, St. Vincent, The xx and comedian Louis C.K.
The mission of the Bijou Theatre is to provide an excellent performance venue for the Knoxville community at reasonable cost for presentations including local jazz ensembles, smaller choral groups, solo and small instrumental groups, student opera productions and local musical theater.
Find out more about the rich history of The Bijou and get to know the people that make memorable experiences at The Bijou possible.