Opry Returns to the Ryman

The Grand Ole Opry will return to its former home, the Ryman Auditorium, every weekend during January and February. The 75-year-old radio show originated from the downtown location from 1943-1974, before moving to the Grand Ole Opry House. Opry members and guest artists enjoy playing the Ryman, known for its superb acoustics, says an Opry spokeswoman. The Opry first returned to the renovated Ryman for a weekend in January 1999 after nearly 25 years away. This year the Opry spent every weekend in January at the historic hall. The Ryman holds just over 2,000, while the newer Grand Ole Opry House holds over 4,000. Playing the Ryman gives younger fans a chance to see the show in its most famous former home, while older fans can relive memories of the show’s original run at the hall, says Opry General Manager Pete Fisher. Opry performances at the Ryman are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturdays.