Bonnie Kate Theater
Relive classic stories and create new memories in this nostalgic theater in the heart of Elizabethton, Tennessee. More than preserving its historic legacy, the Bonnie Kate Theater is a centerpiece for cinema, theatrical productions, live music, and more. Enjoy the ambiance of this vintage theater with modern conveniences and amenities.
Get to Know the Bonnie Kate Theater
The 500-seat Bonnie Kate Theater, named for the first “First Lady of Tennessee,” Bonnie Kate Sherrill, wife of Governor John Sevier, opened with a christening by then TN Governor Alfred Taylor.
The Bonnie Kate hosted the “Barrel of Fun” musical show that was broadcast by radio to 3.2 million listeners across the Southeast.
The theater’s ownership changed hands several times and enjoyed numerous upgrades, including the first rocking-chair theater seating east of the Mississippi River.
Ownership changed hands again, and more improvements were made, including dividing the theater in half to accommodate two shows simultaneously.
The Bonnie Kate Theater closes, but reopens as an event center after the transition to digital film projection could not be afforded..
The East Tennessee Foundation purchases the Bonnie Kate Theater, which allows efforts to begin for its preservation and eventual restoration.
The theater is now owned by the City of Elizabethton and managed by the Friends of Bonnie Kate non-profit organization. Renovations are underway to preserve the theater’s legacy and facilitate an everlasting multi-generational impact.
What We Do
Bringing The Arts to Elizabethton
Celebrating the Cinema
Bringing Theatre Arts to New Generations
Showcasing Live Musical Performances
Hosting Community Events
What To Lookout For
Calender of Events
How Can You Support the Bonnie Kate Theater?
We appreciate every person who connects with us about our historic theater or inquires about the ongoing restoration efforts. How can you get involved in preserving the Bonnie Kate’s legacy now and for future generations?
Get In Touch
Join us in celebrating the arts in the heart of downtown Elizabethton, TN! Browse our events page for upcoming shows or contact us to learn more about getting involved with the Bonnie Kate today!