ADDRESS: 320 Grove Street, Loudon, TN 37774
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.
For event calendar and reservations, click here: www.historicloudontheatre.com.