Knoxville, TN (8225 Kingston Pike)

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8225 Kingston Pike, Store #55 was a Chuck E. Cheese's that opened on March 23rd, 1998, with a 1-Stage which is still open today.

This location received the 2.0 remodel in April of 2022, and in around early May, the stage was removed.

This is not to be confused with Knoxville, TN (7522 Kingston Pike) that opened on August 23rd, 1982, with a RockAfire Explosion and closed in Summer 1997 with the 3-Stage.

History

Opening and 1990's Remodel (1997-2006)

Knoxville opened as a freestanding location on March 23rd, 1998, after the closure of the 7522 Kingston Pike location (Which closed months earlier) with one of the last new 1-Stages, with Mentor, Ohio being the last new 1-Stage store to open. When the store opened, Chuck E featured his signature Tuxedo & Derby hat, Up and Down Curtains, 1990s Major Remodel and the Phase 2 Game Package.

2005 Update (2006-2022)

In 2006, Knoxville would remodel to the 2005 Update of the 2003 "Cool Chuck" Reconfiguration / Major Remodel Initiative which would feature and expansion to the store's gameroom and new exterior facade connecting it to the newly built plaza next to it. This also featured the removal of 90's elements such as the Showroom Walls, Dim Lighting, & Record Posters only keeping the Beverages Sign from opening. Chuck's Tuxedo would be replaced in around 2008-2010 for the Avenger Outfit. Then in September 2013, Chuck's cap would be removed to reflect his Rockstar redesign. Then in 2016, he would receive a new mask. The store would remain this way until the 2.0 Remodel.

2.0 Remodel (April 2022- Present)

Starting in around April 2022, the Knoxville CEC would start it's 2.0 Remodel, this means removing all old artwork, redoing the exterior, painting all the walls white and gray, getting new carpet, removing the animatronic stage show and replacing it with a 2021 model Dance Floor and Video Wall. In around late April/ early May, they would remove their 1-Stage, being the last Munch's Make-Believe Band stage in the state of Tennessee, after Madison removed their 3 stage in late April.

Stages

Stage Installed Removed Notes
1-Stage March 23, 1998 April/May 2022 Only 1-Stage installed in Tennessee, Last MMBB stage in the state.
Dance Floor + Video Wall April/May 2022 Still In Use 2021 Model.

Animatronics

Animatronic Manufacturing Date Whereabouts
Chuck E. Cheese (Cyberamic) Unknown Owned by a Private Collector.
Guest Star / Helen Henny (Cyberamic) Unknown Owned by a Private Collector.
Mr. Munch (Cyberamic) Unknown Owned by a Private Collector.
Jasper T. Jowls (Cyberamic) Unknown Owned by a Private Collector.
Pasqually (Cyberamic) Unknown Owned by a Private Collector.
Wink (Cyberamic) Unknown Owned by a Private Collector.

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