Clarence Brown Theatre MainStage

The Clarence Brown Theatre (CBT) is a proscenium theatre located in the center of the University of Tennessee’s Knoxville campus. Built in 1970, the CBT was designed as both a large-scale movie house and a theatre—a fitting homage to its principle contributor, the distinguished film director and UT alumnus, Clarence Brown.

For more information on the history of the CBT or its namesake, Clarence Brown, please see the Clarence Brown’s History page. Information on the facility is available below and through the links at right. For rental inquiries, please see our Rentals page.

Quick Information


Clarence Brown Theatre
206 McClung Tower
1115 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37996


Clarence Brown Theatre
1714 Andy Holt Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37916-3702


Both pits in use: 491
First pit in use: 518
Neither pit in use: 564
Accessible Seating: 14 additional seats


False proscenium width: 32′-0″ to 60′-0″
False proscenium height: 9′-0” to 22’-0″
True proscenium width: 60′-0″
True proscenium height: 23′-6″
Total usable width: 80′-0″
Total usable depth: 42′-0″
Stage height: 2′-3″
Grid height: 60′-0″
Pit 1 depth: 8′-6″
Pit 2 depth: 6′-6″
Trap/pit travel: -12′-0″ to 0′-0″
Stage edge to false PL: 5′-3″


Stage Floor: Tongue and groove southern yellow pine (painted black) over wooden sleepers
Traps: The first 20’-0” of the stage floor and 16’-0” to either side of centerline is trapped in 4’-0”x4’-0” panels. All of the traps are fully adjustable but are highly labor intensive. Trap adjustment requires a minimum four-hour call for a four-man crew.
Pits: Due to age and design limitations, the Pit Elevators may not be moved during a production and require a significant time commitment for height adjustments. Pit adjustment requires a minimum four-hour call for a two-man crew and can require up to two-days if mechanical difficulties are encountered.
Dance Floor: A Black Marley floor is available for rent. Labor for the installation and removal of the dance floor will be billed to the renter.
Backstage Crossover: Crossover space is available US of the cyc. The crossover is carpeted and breeze curtains shield the cyc from any air movement caused by crossovers.