The Historic Loudon Theatre & Event Center (formally known as the Lyric Theatre) is an intimate cultural venue in Historic downtown Loudon, Tennessee.
The theatre is operated by the Historic Loudon Theatre, LLC. First built around 1911, the Lyric Theatre was an important part of the community. Showing movies, including silent Westerns with serial “cliffhangers” was only a part of the activities. The theatre burned down in 1934; and was rebuilt and re-opened in 1935, showing such classic movies as “The Last Outpost” with Cary Grant. Plagued by fire, the theatre burned again about 1941; opening again in the mid-1950s. The final movie shown in the theatre was in 1961. The Lyric Theatre was donated to the City of Loudon in the 1980s. From 4 standing brick walls, the Loudon Merchants and Property Owners Association (LMPOA) and volunteers chipped away for more than a decade at restoring the charming old building. The first concert series was held in 2003. Fire code requirements led to the theatre being closed again in Feb. 2016. In May 2017 a fire sprinkler system was installed with Courthouse Grant Funds. In 2018 a Tourism Grant for $150,000 was received which funded much of the needed renovations.
The theatre has sprung to new life as a theatre and event center. The management of the theatre was assumed by The Historic Loudon Theatre, LLC. The name of the theatre was changed to the Historic Loudon Theatre & Event Center. It was at this time a major renovation began. The first thing completed was work in the outdoor courtyard. A large covered stage was constructed with state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment. This is an ideal venue for outdoor concerts, weddings and special events. With a large outdoor event the street can be closed allowing 300-400 people to attend. The next phase was a complete renovation of the inside of the theatre. The original floor was sloped. The floor was leveled making it a multi-purpose venue. The leveling of the floor makes the theatre handicap accessible; as well as an ideal venue for concerts, weddings, movies, parties and special events. The theatre also has a state-of-the-art sound, lighting and projection system with a 180” diagonal screen. Back stage is a large attractive, comfortable greenroom for the entertainers comfort.