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City, county leaders break ground on new outdoor event center in East Knox County

The River Breeze Event Center is planning to open Spring 2022 where the River Breeze Drive-In was in the 1950s.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A decades-old drive-in movie theater is set to return to life as the River Breeze Event Center.

The center's groundbreaking event was held on Tuesday. City and county leaders attended, where they revealed artist renderings and plans for the center.

The River Breeze Event Center is expected to host weddings, fundraisers, music festivals and shows of all kinds for groups from 200 to 6,000 people. It will also add a historical element to the events since the site was once was a drive-in movie theater in the 1950s.

Credit: River Breeze Event Center

The event center will be at 6110 Asheville Highway along the Holston River and plans to open Spring 2022. The event space will include a main stage, beer garden, a small secondary stage for acoustic acts, VIP decks, parking pads and power for food trucks, free shuttles to downtown for major shows, and more.

"This means big things for Knox County, Aaron Snukals, General Manager of River Breeze Event Center said.