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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. Come experience it for yourself!
From I-40 East: Take Exit 388a, James White Parkway to Summit Hill Drive, (first exit). Turn right onto Summit Hill Drive. Turn left onto Gay Street at the third traffic light. The Bijou Theatre is located at 803 South Gay Street.
From I-40 West: Take Exit 388, James White Parkway to Summit Hill Drive, (first exit). Turn right onto Summit Hill Drive. Turn left onto Gay Street at the third traffic light. The Bijou Theatre is located at 803 South Gay Street.
Still feeling a bit lost? Click here to find detailed directions to the Bijou Theatre and look for the iconic Bijou marquee on Gay Street!
Several parking lots and on-street metered spaces are located near the Bijou Theatre. The closest parking is a pay lot across Cumberland. The State Street, Market Square and Locust Street garages are free after 6 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends. Some on-street parking is available on surrounding streets. Click here for a convenient map of downtown parking locations.
Stay & Eat
The Bijou Theatre is located on Gay Street, in the heart of Downtown Knoxville which is full of shops, restaurants, history, and public art. There is plenty to see and do and places to stay within walking distance of all downtown has to offer. The Visitors Center is just a few blocks from us. Stop in for maps, tour information, and more or check out visitknoxville.com to plan your visit and download a visitors guide.
Whether this is your first visit to the theatre or your thousandth, this section is designed to help you plan your trip to the Bijou.