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Summer Movie Magic

Classic Films Presented In A Classic Movie Palace


There’s something for everyone in the 19th Annual Summer Movie Magic lineup! Moviegoers will travel back in time and see these American classics, as they should be: in a historic theater with a bag of popcorn in their lap and a cold drink in their hand. Come experience some of your favorite classics on the big screen! Both digital and 35mm films will be screened, and organists Bill Snyder and Freddie Brabson will play the Mighty Wurlitzer organ before each film. This season will kick off with the “Viewer’s Choice” category, giving fans the opportunity to visit the Tennessee Theatre’s official Facebook Page and vote for the film they want to open the 19th season! This year’s nominees are E.T. the Extra-TerrestrialHoney, I Shrunk the Kids; and Babe. The voting period will begin May 8 at 10am and end May 11 at 11pm, with the announcement of the winner on Friday, May 12.

The complete 2017 Summer Movie Magic Series presented by Denark Construction is as follows:

Tickets can be purchased starting Friday, May 12 at 10am at the Tennessee Theatre box office, or by phone at 865-684-1200. Ticket price is $9.00 for adults, $7.00 for children under 12 and seniors 65 and over; subscriptions are $45.00 for adults and $35.00 for children and seniors. 

“Summer Movie Magic at the Tennessee Theatre offers a chance to gather with friends and family in the grand setting of a historic movie palace to experience classic films from every era and genre,” said Becky Hancock, the Theatre’s Executive Director. “For nearly 89 years, events the Tennessee Theatre have helped create special memories for generations of East Tennesseans, and this year’s Summer Movie Magic continues that legacy.”

Denark Construction returns as the presenting sponsor of this beloved Knoxville tradition! “Denark Construction is proud to be the presenting sponsor of Summer Movie Magic at the historic Tennessee Theatre for the third year in a row,” said president Frank Rothermel. “Denark was construction manager for the theatre’s comprehensive renovation completed in 2005, and the Tennessee is very special to our team, just as it is to the entire community.”

E.Tthe Extra-Terrestrial

Steven Spielberg’s heartwarming masterpiece quickly became one of the most popular films of all time. Filled with unparalleled magic and imagination, E.T. has made audiences around the world laugh and cry. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial follows the moving story of a lost little alien who befriends a 10-year-old by named Elliott. While E.T. learns about life on Earth, Elliott learns that friends knows no earthly bound. Overflowing with memorable performances, a stirring musical score and scenes of wonderment, E.T. invites everyone to share the thrill of its magic touch.

The Princess Bride

Rob Reiner’s 1987 American romantic fantasy comedy film tells the story about a farmhand, Westley, and the rescuing of his true love, Princess Buttercup, from the odious Prince Humperdinck. The film stars Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin and many more outstanding actors. The story is presented in the film as a book being read by the grandfather (Peter Falk) to his sick grandson (Fred Savage), thus preserving the novel’s narrative style and capturing the film’s audience. The film was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2016 and deemed as “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” It was ranked number 50 on Bravo’s “100 Funniest Movies” and number 88 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 greatest film love stories.

Gone with the Wind

Vivien Leigh plays the role of a petulant southern belle as Scarlett O’Hara on a Georgia plantation during the Civil War and Reconstruction era. The dramatic love story follows Scarlett through her romantic pursuit and love affairs with Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) and Rhett Butler (Clark Gable). Gone with The Wind is a classic film taking you back to the Civil War and capturing your attention through Scarlett’s strong-willed demeanor. The film ranks third for longest time-lapse between an original film and its sequel (54 years, 333 days.)

Nine to Five

Dolly Patron, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are three devious female secretaries determined to turn the tables on their tyrannical, sexist boss, Franklin Hart, by abducting him and running the business themselves. The three long-exhausted women manage to kidnap Hart and trap him in his own house, assuming control of his department. This film is among the 20th highest-grossing comedy films and will have you laughing all the way through.


James Cameron’s film, Titanic, is an epic romance-disaster starring Leonardo DiCaprio (Jack Dawson) and Kate Winslet (Rose DeWitt Bukater) as two ill-fated lovers aboard the famous sinking RMS ship. In this love story doomed by the Atlantic Ocean, the ship collides with a large iceberg and, as the ship lowers itself into the depths of the ocean, Jack and Rose must fight for their lives and love through the freezing water and scrambling passengers aboard. This dramatic story is a powerful film of survival and love -- a famous and award-winning film that aches the hearts of the world.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a 1986 comedy starring Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller, a teenager hell bent on cutting classes once more before graduation. Ferris Bueller is a legend in getting away with escaping school and intends to make one last grand escape, calling in sick and “borrowing” a Ferrari for a one-day extravaganza through the streets of Chicago. Hot on his tail is the high-school principal, Rooney (Jeffery Jones). This wicked satire and social commentary is a classic teenage film of class rebellion.