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COUNTRY ROADS
COURTESY OF THE TENNESSEE THEATRE

Knoxville's
Tennessee
Theatre
underwent a
$25 million
renovation
in 2005.

TENNESSEE THEATRE HITS MILESTONE

90 YEARS

Celebration includes 1928 admission prices: 40 cents
matinee; 60 cents evenings.
No known copies exist of the film shown at the grand
Tennessee Theatre when it opened in downtown Knoxville on October 1, 1928, but that won't stop theater
officials from sleuthing out other lighthearted vintage
movies for this year's 90th anniversary celebration, and
charging the same price patrons paid back then: 40 cents
for a matinee, 60 cents for an evening show.
Other activities include a free noon concert featuring
the original Wurlitzer organ.
Built as a movie "palace," the Tennessee Theatre

wasn't designed to host live performances. A $25 million
renovation in 2005 expanded the space but left intact
the Czechoslovakian crystal chandeliers, Italian terrazzo
flooring and high gold-domed ceiling, which, according
to executive director Becky Hancock, gives the sense of
"being inside a genie bottle."
Since the facelift, an eclectic mix of entertainers, from
Jennifer Nettles to 2017 Voice winner Chris Blue, have
performed here. "Although it is ornate and historic," says
Hancock, "we have musicians that represent all genres
and all decades and all tastes and all interests."
For more info, visit tennesseetheatre.com.
-NANCY HENDERSON

Ready to Help Create the Greenway Connecting Boone
and Blowing Rock, N.C.?
The long-term plan to build a 6.5mile greenway along the Middle Fork of
the New River will get a local boost this
July, when a Round Up fundraiser will
begin, allowing local businesses to ask
patrons to "round up" their purchases
to the next dollar to donate to the
project. The effort is one among several
fundraisers to fund the greenway, which
will connect to the Boone Greenway
and will, according to Project Director Wendy Patoprsty, "transform our
community's health, our community's

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well-being and the way of life today and
for generations to come."
As the greenway departs Blowing
Rock, it will connect users to The Blue
Ridge Parkway as well as the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
An economic impact study on
the Middle Fork Greenway Project
estimates the greenway would push
$6 million and would generate some
38,000 annual trips.
For more information or to donate
online: middleforkgreenway.org.-KR


http://www.tennesseetheatre.com http://www.BLUERIDGECOUNTRY.COM

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