Catch a Show at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

Now that colder weather has arrived, you may be wanting to spend more time indoors. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself, as there are plenty of indoor attractions near our Blue Ridge property. One that is fun for the whole family is the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, which provides a number of entertainment options for people of all ages.

About the Center

The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts is a state-of-the-art entertainment facility in Franklin, NC. It contains more than 1,500 stadium-style seats, eight of which are handicap accessible. The main floor with its 22 rows and 26 box seats can hold up to 1,070 guests. Another 433 people can be seated in the balcony, which contains an additional 36 box seats.

The facility is designed in such a way that nearly any type of performance can be held here. The stage area itself covers an estimated 3,075 square feet and is approximately 76 feet wide. Around 49 feet of that can be considered a stage playing area.

This center consistently receives rave reviews for its acoustics and the fact that there is a spectacular view from any seat in the house. We think you will also be impressed with the elegant atmosphere and friendliness of the staff, and will want to make the drive from our Blue Ridge property often.

Types of Entertainment

The Overlook Theatre Company provides a variety of entertainment to guests from in and around Franklin. Established in 1996, the group has performed a number of plays and musicals since that time, and also makes auditions open to everyone. Internships are available for those who wish to work behind the scenes providing costumes, lighting, or scenic artistry. Volunteer usher training is provided to those who are at least 18 years of age.

When not offering live performances, the center makes movie screenings available to the general public. The state-of-the-art center is an ideal place to take in a movie, with its surround sound and true Dolby HD/3D visualization. Family entertainment is a high priority of this performing arts center, so you can feel comfortable bringing along your children.


Tickets for most performances are available in advance at the box office or online. However, tickets for many movie screenings are available only at the door. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, and no refunds are available except in the case of a canceled performance.

The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts occasionally hosts free events. Seats for these events are also available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Doors generally open about an hour or so before show time.

A schedule of events is available on the performing arts center’s official website. We recommend checking that schedule often to see a list of upcoming performances. Doing so is a great way to enjoy a fun family outing or introduce out-of-town guests to the area. Visit soon and see why others remark that this is one of the best-kept secrets in Franklin.