New Tennessee Theatre lights a little too bright

Sept. 5, 2016: The Tennessee Theatre sign was recently refurbished, and now the theatre is installing a dimmer for the lights, which are much brighter than before.

KNOXVILLE - The Tennessee Theatre sign is back, and brighter than ever. But it may be a little too bright right now.

Last week, the newly refurbished sign was returned to Gay Street with 57-hundred brand new LED light bulbs. Those bulbs are working so well right now that it's just a little too illuminating, especially for downtown residents in the late evening hours.

Executive Director Becky Hancock says they've always planned to install a dimmer system on the lights, but that process couldn't start until all the other work was done.

She says the work is underway now.

"In the meantime, we are going to make sure the sign is turned off a little earlier in the evening so we can respect our neighbors," says Hancock.

Until the dimmer system is installed, theatre workers will turn the sign off at 9:00 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 p.m. on the weekends.

In addition to the brighter bulbs, there was a malfunction with the automatic timer on the lights over the weekend, which left the sign lit all weekend.

Hancock says that issue is now fixed, and won't happen again.

In a letter to downtown residents, Hancock apologizes for any inconvenience the brighter lights may have caused nearby residents.

"We really want to be good neighbors," she says.

Hancock is staying in constant contact with the theatre's neighbors to keep them up to date on the progress of the sign renovation, which she admits has been "pretty invasive" for folks who live downtown.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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