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April 22, 2014

April 22, 2014

For more information, contact:
Amanda Shell Jennings
Moxley Carmichael
[email protected]


Knoxville’s two historic downtown theaters, the Tennessee and Bijou theatres, announced today a new partnership with Ticketmaster, the national’s foremost online ticketing service, to improve the ticket purchasing experience for customers.

“Ticketmaster is the national leader in ticketing systems,” said Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation Board President Vince Fusco. “Since its complete restoration in 2005, the Tennessee Theatre has sold more than one million tickets and has truly become the region’s leading entertainment venue. This partnership will further elevate our status as a top venue in the market.”

“The U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre brings special cultural and entertainment events to downtown Knoxville that promote excellence in the performing arts,” said Bijou Theatre Board President David Arning. “Ticketmaster’s easy-to-use online interface will help our customers more easily purchase tickets to enjoy this enriching entertainment.”

Ticketmaster offers an improved user experience by providing repeat ticket buyers with a personal account for managing ticket purchases and by allowing customers to select their seats using an interactive seating map for each venue.

The system also provides an enhanced mobile experience, including a mobile site optimized for smart phones and tablets, as well as a free mobile app available to Android and iPhone users. Ticket buyers will also have the option to select ticket delivery directly to their mobile phones bypassing will-call lines, as well as saving on print costs and paper waste.

“Being a part of a national ticketing network is the next step in Knoxville’s evolution to become a regional hub for excellent entertainment,” said Fusco. “Nothing changes for our guests except an enhanced online experience. Our guests will still be able to purchase tickets by phone, via the theaters’ websites, and at the box office.”

Beginning April 23, tickets to select shows will be available on Tickets to all events presented by the Tennessee and Bijou theatres will still be available at the Tennessee Theatre box office on Clinch Avenue, by phone during business hours and on the websites of the respective theaters.

Ticketmaster, part of Live Nation Entertainment, has contracts with a national network of entertainment venues and sporting organizations across North America. These clients are among the more than 12,000 global Ticketmaster clients and span the entire spectrum of professional sports from football, baseball, hockey, motor sports and basketball and include college sports, major arenas and theatres.

About the Tennessee Theatre

Located in the heart of downtown Knoxville, the Tennessee Theatre opened in 1928 as a movie palace. The Tennessee Theatre is the Official State Theatre of Tennessee and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In 2005, the theater underwent a massive restoration project and led the way for the overall revitalization of downtown Knoxville. Today, the Tennessee Theatre is the region’s leading performing arts venue with state-of-the-art theatrical and technical capabilities that draw top entertainment and unrivaled beauty in the lobbies and auditorium for theatre patrons.

About the Bijou Theatre

The Bijou Theatre is a historic theatre located in downtown Knoxville, Tenn.  Built in 1909 as an addition to the Lamar House Hotel, the building has served as a traditional theatre, vaudeville theatre, and movie house.  After a restoration and grand reopening in 2006, the Bijou Theatre is a beloved performance venue known for its impeccable acoustics and intimate atmosphere hosting many music and performance art events each year.