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Key Info

129 Showplace Blvd.

Price & Hours

$37.50 for adults; $33.50 for teens
Shows daily at 8 p.m.

Details

Entertainment and Nightlife Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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Pigeon Forge visitors hoping to get a taste of country song and dance must plan to see a show at the Country Tonight Theatre. The family-friendly theater seats 1,500-plus and the show includes energetic and brightly costumed actors singing and dancing, comedy acts and more. The show boasts a faith, family and freedom theme and includes country classics and newer music, fun choreography and colorful light displays. Recent attendees said the performers are exceptionally talented and highly recommended checking out a show. Many described the performances as engaging and entertaining, and were impressed not only with the talent of the actors, but also how it seemed like they were having a great time themselves. Keep in mind, the show includes gospel music and has some religious tones so if that's not something you're interested in, it may not be the best option for you.

The Country Tonite Theatre is located just north of town. Shows last about two hours and showtimes are typically 8 p.m. daily, although some days the venue hosts a 3 p.m. show and there are varying specialty concerts throughout the year and around the holidays. Tickets cost $37.50 for adults and $33.50 for teens, but if you purchase your tickets online you automatically receive a $5 discount. Kids 12 and younger can attend for free. For more information, to book tickets and see schedules, visit the Country Tonite Theatre's website.

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