Tennessee Theatre




Knoxville, TN

67,594 SF

2006 Silver Anniversary Excellence Award, Metropolitan Planning Commission; 2006 Grand Award Winner, 22nd Annual Reconstruction & Renovation Award, Building Design & Construction Magazine; 2006 27th Annual Interiors Award / Restoration, Contract Magazine; 2005 National Preservation Award, National Trust for Historic Preservation; 2005 Commercial Historic Restoration Excellence, Metropolitan Planning Commission; 2005 Excellence in Architecture, AIA Tennessee; 2005 Honor Award, AIA East Tennessee


McCarty Holsaple McCarty was commissioned to renovate and restore the Historic Tennessee Theatre, the official state theatre of Tennessee, in downtown Knoxville. Originally built in 1928 as a movie palace, The Tennessee Theatre was restored and converted into an award winning regional performing arts center.

MHM was the architect of record for the project and built a team of nationally recognized consultants in performing arts design. This included renowned theatrical design firm Westlake, Reed, and Leskosky.

 The MHM team was responsible for every aspect of the $20,000,000 project from programming through construction administration. This included full restoration of all historic finishes, audience chamber, grand lobby, and the building exterior. The project focused on expanding the stage house to allow for Broadway-type shows to perform. The Tennessee Theatre was fully restored on time for a grand opening in January 2005.