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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.
The Bijou Theatre staff is trained to assist you in selecting seating that best meets your individual needs. Patrons who cannot or do not wish to transfer from their wheelchairs to a theatre seat should request wheelchair seating locations when ordering their tickets. As The Bijou is a historic building there is no elevator to the upper levels, and accordingly, orchestra level accessible seating is available to people who are unable to climb stairs. Accessible seating is also available in The Bijou for patrons with low vision or who are hard of hearing.
It is important to request accessible seating when purchasing your tickets. As there are a limited number of available seats, waiting until the day of the performance does not guarantee an accessible seat will be available. These tickets can only be purchased by calling The Tennessee Theatre Box Office at (865) 684-1200 ext 2.
Sign Language Interpreters
Requests for an interpreter must be made no later than ten (10) business days prior to the event day you wish to attend and are subject to the availability of an interpreter and provided at the discretion of the management.
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.