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Allen Arena - Belmont College
B.B. King Blues Club
Jackson Hall - T.P.A.C.
Grand Ole Opry House
LP Field (Formerly The Coliseum)
Memorial Gym - Vanderbilt
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Vanderbilt Memorial Gym
War Memorial Auditorium
THE GRAND OLE OPRY HOUSE: As audiences to the live show
increased, National Life & Accident Insurance's radio venue became
too small to accommodate the hordes of fans. They built a larger
studio, but it was still not large enough. After several months of no
audiences, National Life decided to allow the Opry to move outside
its home offices. The Opry moved, in October, 1934, into
then-suburban Hillsboro Theatre (now the Belcourt), and then
on June 13, 1936, to the Dixie Tabernacle in East Nashville.
The Opry then moved to the War Memorial Auditorium, a downtown
venue adjacent to the State Capitol. A 25-cent admission was charged
in an effort to curb the large crowds, but to no avail. On June 5, 1943,
the Opry moved to the Ryman Auditorium.
The Ryman was home to the Opry until March 16, 1974, when the
show moved to the 4,400-seat Grand Ole Opry House, located nine
miles east of downtown Nashville on a new site that was part of the
Opryland USA theme park. While the theme park was closed in 1997
and replaced by the Opry Mills mall, the Opry House itself was left
intact and incorporated into the new facility.
PBS televised the program live from 1978 to 1981. In 1985, The
Nashville Network began airing a half-hour version of the program as
Grand Ole Opry Live; the show moved to Country Music Television in
2001 (expanding to an hour in the process), and then to Great
American Country in 2003. GAC put the live hour TV show on Saturday
nights on hiatus in 2009 but it continues on WSM.
Currently the Opry plays several times a week at the Grand Ole Opry
House except for an annual winter run at the Ryman Auditorium.
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