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We Care About Our Patrons … For your safety during this pandemic, the theatre has set up safely spaced seating for both indoor and outdoor events!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 completed renovation project was honored to be selected by the East TN Development District for one of the 2019 East TN Achievement Awards.
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.
What a fantastic night my wife, niece and I had last night listening to The Deltas. Of all the bands I have heard in Tennessee (and I have heard a lot of them), I feel that this one is in the top 1%. If you like a strong horn section, great song selection from the 60’s and 70’s and good vocals, then don’t miss these guys next time they come back to Loudon Theatre. You will be hard pressed to find a band in this area with such an authentic sound. Also Jerry has created a top music venue with top of the line lighting and sound system, I thought 13 pieces would be to loud in his place. I was so wrong. Because of speaker placement(high above) you can sit in the front row and not be blown away… The food was good too. Two of us had a Philly cheese steak and one had Italian meatball sandwich. Both very tasty and reasonably priced. Also .. Did I mention it is a BYOB with Tables with nice table clothes. Fantastic lighting. All in all, this is a venue and band that should not be missed!!!!!
This venue is fantastic. You cannot find a better Saturday night out for the price and the entertainment. We love the HLT and plan on visiting often.
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.
Historic Loudon Theatre & Event Center
320 Grove St
Loudon, TN 37774