HISTORIC DOWNTOWN SEVIERVILLE
ABOUT THE PINES
A nostalgic social corner where the stakes are high and the drinks are cold! In 1944, The Pines Theater was Sevierville’s go-to entertainment venue, hosting Western movies by day and live entertainment by night. We’ve renovated our historic hall to give credit where credit is due. History meets modern entertainment. Strike a pose with our mural on Court Avenue featuring famous faces that have graced these halls — Roy Acuff, June Carter Cash, Archie Campbell, Chet Atkins, and Country Music superstar, Dolly Parton. Welcome to the Pines. Game on!
THE PINES brings people together to inspire fun, memory-making, relationship-building, and historic appreciation. In the heart of Sevierville's Downtown Historic District and in a building home to Sevierville's unforgettable entertainment roots, The Pines re-opens its doors for more history to be made. An atmosphere of gaming, lounging, and competition, you, your friends, and family can enjoy indulging in great fun, food, beverages, conversation, and overall entertainment.
WHERE IT ALL STARTED FOR DOLLY.
I can't tell you how proud I am to have the Pines Theater back up and running. It is a cherished piece of my childhood. The early days of my music career took place at the Pines. Many acts from the Cas Walker Show performed there on Saturday nights, myself included. The Cas Walker Show is where I got my start when my uncle, Bill Owens took me to sing on the Cas Walker Show. Mr. Walker not only had the performers here at the Pines but held all kinds of fun things to do to bring people in. There was a greasy pole on stage with a hundred dollars at the top so at intermission people would compete. I, as a little girl being quick and sturdy, got a little sand and gravel on me outside and climbed up the greasy pole and I won the prize. Some thought it was rigged because I was on the show and Mr. Walker said - Dolly Parton
How in the hell did we rig the greasy pole? She won the money fair and square and she did it. So needless to say I have so many precious and fond memories. Also as an added bonus, I got to see a movie before they got ready to set up the show for Saturday nights and that was very special as we never got to go to the movies. So again, so happy to see the Pines back.
A BRIEF HISTORY:
HISTORIC SEVIERVILLE, TN
1794 - SEVIER COUNTY ESTABLISHED
On September 18th, Sevier County was established and named after Governor John Sevier, the first Governor of Tennessee.
1895 - DUCKPIN BOWLING
Duckpin Bowling is credited to being invented by future baseball Hall of Famers John McGraw & Wilbert Robinson at their Baltimore bowling and billiards bar.
1896 - SEVIER COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Sevier County Courthouse is built.
1940 - GSMNP IS DEDICATED
On September 2nd, President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated The Great Smoky Mountains National Park - later becoming the nation's most visited National Park. Late President Roosevelt often stayed in Historic Downtown Sevierville during his trips to the area.
1944 - THE PINES THEATER
The Pines Theater opened its doors becoming Sevierville's home for entertainment. It seated roughly 700 people.
1956 - DOLLY'S FIRST GIG
Dolly Parton performs in her first-ever paid gig at The Pines with the Cas Walker Farm and Home Tour at the age of ten.
1971 - HISTORIC PLACE
Sevier County Courthouse is placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
1995 - THE PINES - DOLLYWOOD
The Pines Theater is born in Dollywood Amusement Park's Jukebox Junction.
1999 - HALL OF FAME
Former Pines Theater performer and native Sevier Countian Dolly Parton is inducted into Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame.