Renaissance Center 1200 East Center St. Kingsport, TN 37660 (423) 392-8414
The Kingsport Renaissance Center is a facility which serves the community as a center for the arts and senior citizen’s activities, and as a facility for business meetings, parties, receptions, classes, showers, and day-long seminars with breakout rooms. It is managed by the City of Kingsport’s Office of Cultural Arts. The facility includes a 350-seat theatre, three-story sky lit atrium, art gallery, gymnasium, meeting rooms and offices. The Kingsport Renaissance Center, formerly the John Sevier School, was renovated in 1991 and now stands as one of Kingsport’s most prominent landmarks. It is an architect’s masterpiece and stands as a constant reminder of Kingsport’s history and as a reality of creative dreams. The Renaissance Center’s diversity makes it unique and truly a model that sets renovation standards by which all others can be measured.
Theatrical performances and concerts are scheduled in the 350-seat theatre throughout the year. The theatre is available for meetings and seminars and is an ideal facility for 200 people, with nearby breakout rooms, suitable for all day functions with or without meals.
A variety of rooms are available for rent (click here for rental information), as well as a three-story atrium that seats 50 on each level. The atrium is ideal for a registration and refreshment area for up to 200 people. This arrangement is ideal to incorporate along with the use of the theatre, room 239, room 310, and/or the art gallery. The three levels of the sky lit atrium lend themselves to various forms of gatherings. You may also want to provide refreshments for your event, either by bringing your own food or making arrangements with your favorite caterer.
The Art Gallery on the second level is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00am–8:00pm & Saturday 9am–12Noon. Also open during Special Events. The Art Gallery features a different exhibit each month. These displays are great to view during meeting breaks and performance intermissions.
The Renaissance Center is home to the following organizations & city departments:
KINGSPORT OFFICE OF CULTURAL ARTS: (RENAISSANCE CENTER MAIN OFFICE, Rm224) 423-392-8414, 392-8415, 392-8416 | arts.kingsporttn.gov
| Room Rentals | Public Art | Art Nights/City Lights –Performing Arts Series | Carousel | Festivals, Christmas Connection, Carousel Arts & Crafts Show
ENGAGE KINGSPORT (Non-profit “friends” group of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts) Phone: 423-392-8417 | www.engageKingsport.com/
Suzuki Talent Education of Appalachia (STEA): Main Office: 423-246-1367 | www.steamusic.org/
The Kingsport Renaissance Center is conveniently located on E. Center Street. Visitors may easily access the facility from I-181 (I-26) by taking exit 4 (old exit 51), Wilcox Drive, and proceeding 3.1 miles to Center Street. At E. Center Street take a left and the facility will be on your right as you top the hill.
DIRECTIONS from surrounding areas:
From Bristol Area: Follow US-11 W toward Kingsport – Turn LEFT onto N. Eastman Rd. (0.8mi) – Turn RIGHT onto E. Center Street (1.1mi) The facility is on your right as you top the hill. Parking is also available in back of building.
From Johnson City Area: From I-26 N /US-23 N toward Kingsport – Take EXIT 4 (old exit 51), TN-93 S / Wilcox Drive (0.4mi) – Go STRAIGHT through red light, onto Wilcox Dr. / TN-126 E (3.0mi) – Turn LEFT onto E. Center Street / TN-36 (0.1mi) The facility is on your right as you top the hill. Parking is also available in back of building.
From Knoxville Area (North I-81): From I-40 E toward Asheville – Merge onto I-81 N via EXIT 421 on the LEFT toward Bristol (56.9mi) – Merge onto I-26 N / US-23 N via EXIT 57B toward Kingsport (4.3mi) – Take EXIT 4 (old exit 51), TN-93 S / Wilcox Drive (0.4mi) – Go STRAIGHT through red light, onto Wilcox Dr. / TN-126 E. (3.0mi) – Turn LEFT onto E. Center Street / TN-36 (0.1mi) The facility is on your right as you top the hill. Parking is also available in back of building.