Between 1966 and 2005 a performance stage–as Shakespeare would have recognized it–did not exist in Mountain City or Johnson County, Tenn. Church social halls and school gymnasiums were the only venues for live entertainment but were no match for events staged in the “old high school auditorium” which closed in 1966 (with the opening of the “new” high school which had no auditorium). Evelyn Cook, a former drama teacher at the high school, and others “hatched” the idea of removing the stored lockers and school desks, buying new seats, curtains, and sound system and re-establishing the auditorium as a performance stage in a community which had none.

On Sunday afternoon, September 25, 2005, Heritage Hall Officially opened. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was enjoyed by invited guests, all of whom had helped in some way to make the dreams become reality. Guests included state, county, and city officials, committee members and others who had worked on any project pertaining to the renovation. Appalachian Regional Commission and Barter Theater were also represented. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a tour of the entire facility and a reception.

On the evening of September 30, 2005, the community was invited to the Grand Opening of Heritage Hall. In seven years a small group of volunteers raised the money, organized labor and oversaw a top-to-bottom renovation which breathed life into a 1923 era, almost abandoned high school auditorium.

In September 2005, the facility reopened as Heritage Hall Theatre, an intimate, warm, community-based-theatre suitable for a wide range of performances and events.Today you will enjoy a diverse group of entertaining events throughout the year. From blues to rock, from plays to pageants, this is a perfect location to enjoy a performance or book for your group.


Heritage Hall is an intimate 400-seat theatre for performing arts located at
211 N. Church St within Heritage Square in Mountain City, TN. The box office is at 126 College Street. Box Office hours are 12 noon to 2 pm Wednesday – Friday. At other times call 423-727-7444 and leave a message. Door sales open 45 minutes prior to events. Most events have reserved seating.