Ryman Auditorium is perhaps best known as the former home of the Grand Ole Opry, which was hosted here from 1943-1974. At the time it was then called the Grand Ole Opry House. As you would expect, countless legends have performed on this stage over the years, including Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Louis Armstrong, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, and Tammy Wynette. The list goes on and on and on.
|Ryman Auditorium | Grand Ole Opry House ca. 1970|
Today, Ryman Auditorium is still a popular venue and hosts everything from classical, country, and rock concerts to stand-up comedy and theatre. When the Opry moved in 1974, a circular section of the stage was cut from the Ryman and placed on the new stage at the Grand Ole Opry House so that musicians could continue to share in the legacy of this iconic venue. It would seem that Ryman Auditorium has become even more relevant with age, and is still undeniably one of the most revered theatres in Nashville, if not the world.