The Pines Theater & Davis Hotel in Sevierville shines with new splendor

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) – Downtown Sevierville has several renovation projects underway, one of which is bringing an old theater back to life and adding hotel space for rent on the same corner.

It’s not hard to see or hear all the construction sounds on Court Avenue in Sevierville. Work is underway to convert the Rawlings Funeral Home back into a boutique hotel and new restaurant, while a revitalization of The Pines Theater is taking place across the street.

“I feel like we’ve done a lot of interviews over the years that downtown redevelopment has been on the horizon. And we’ve been working on things and starting, but now there’s so many builds, you know, it’s seven or eight right now,” said developer Austin Williams.

Williams has worked to reinvent downtown with yesterday’s nostalgia while looking to the future.

“You know, we’re getting to a point what else can people do? And so one of the main pieces of the pawns will be duckpin bowling, which is a smaller, simpler setup for bowling.”

The building has a lot of history not only for downtown Sevierville but for country music in general. This building was the stage where a very young Dolly Parton would have given her first paid gig.

A 1930's photograph of The Pines in Sevierville.
A 1930’s photograph of The Pines in Sevierville.(visit Sevierville)

“Right where we’re standing is basically one of the front-row seats to the stage,” Williams said while giving Sevier County Bureau Chief Kyle Grainger a tour of the interior. “It was right here, it was like a 650-seat theater. But yes, so much history that we were slowly being uncovered. Um, there’s a lot of country music history in this building.”

Williams plans to recreate the exterior as it would have looked when country legends would have performed here in the ’30s and ’40s.

The Pines will take on a look similar to what it was in the 1930's and 40's with a mural on...
The Pines will be given a look similar to the 1930’s and 40’s, with a mural alongside all the former country music legends who performed here.(Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

“Dolly Parton, obviously the Queen of Sevierville, had her first paid show here at the Pines Theater. They also had June Carter Cash, Chet Atkins, Roy Acuff, a long, long list,” Williams said.

Embracing history, planning for the future and soon with downtown lodging when the Davis Hotel reopens next year.

“Another tourist place to stay here in Sevier County and hopefully a place where people come and stay weather permitting, you know, hang out in downtown Sevierville and have a good time.”

Both the Pines Theater and Pinchy’s Lobster Company are scheduled to open later this year.

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