3, 2005 - Mayor Bill Haslam announced today the campaign to
restore the Bijou Theatre has received a donation of $3,000 - the
proceeds of a benefit concert by Scott Miller and the Commonwealth.
Knoxville singer/songwriter Miller presented a check to
the Mayor and described the 188-year-old landmark as a performing
arts venue that's deserving of widespread community support.
donation brings the total amount raised for the Bijou to $1.4 million
in commitments and pledges, including a $571,000 federal grant secured
by U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr.
The fundraising goal is $2.1 million, with the funds to be used
to address structural deterioration, mechanical systems and accessibility
issues; eliminate or reduce past liabilities; and create a two-year
operating reserve for the theater.
Those wishing to donate should make their checks payable to
the Bijou Theatre, and mail to Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation,
604 S. Gay St., Knoxville, Tenn. 37902.
"The Bijou Theatre is important to Knoxville's identity as
the cultural heart of our region," Mayor Haslam said. "We
have in place a strategy to stabilize the property and manage the
theater going forward. Now, we need the public's support to make
The board of directors of the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation
board of directors has agreed to provide oversight for the Bijou,
and AC Entertainment will book performances.
An analysis of the theatre's condition concluded that $2.1 million
is needed to address structural deterioration, mechanical systems
and accessibility issues; eliminate or reduce past liabilities;
and create a two-year operating reserve.