The Grand Ole Opry House and the Union Gospel Tabernacle are the other names for the Ryman auditorium. It is a live performance venue 2362-seated location, located at 116 Fifth Avenue north in Tennessee. It is best known for 1943 to Grand Ole opry house, owned and operated by Ryman hospitality properties. In 1971, the National register of historic places included the Raymond auditorium. It was then designated a national historic landmark in 2001 for its pivotal role in popularising country music.
The history and the Union Gospel Tabernacle
The Auditorium was first called Union Gospel Tabernacle constructed by Thomas Ryman, a businessman in Nashville owning several saloons and a fleet of riverboats. For influential Revivalist Samuel portal Jones, Raymond conceived the idea of Auditorium as the tabernacle. Jones’ in 1885, conducted tent revivals with intent to hackleBut was converted into a devout Christian who played in building the tabernacle where people could attend the revivals indoors in Nashville. It cost US$100,000 back then, which is equal to $28,80,370 in 2021 and also took seven years to build.
the newly renovated Ryman was the stage where Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie home companion” was the first performance on 4th June 1994. “A Prairie home companion” was inspirational for Keillor while reporting the final Opry show in 1974 at The Ryman for the New Yorker. After the show, there were many others, especially the musical performances held where Ryman was happy to be the host where the original musical events like “Always… Pasty Cline” starring Mandy Burnett in a roll with said about the life of a legendary singer.
Return of the Opry
At Ryman auditorium, Opry held their beneficial show on Sunday, October 18, 1998, making the return after its final show on March 15th, 1974. The fans, management, and the performers received the show well. They were also planned in celebrating the 25 years at the new venue on January 15th and 16th of 1999, where they decided to host Opry’s regular shows.
The Raymond today
There was an announcement to replace the Ryman’s 61 years old stage with a medium brown Brazilian teak in January 2012. It was offered an 18-inch lip brand new stage floor and the facilities third, similar to the one of Ryman stage being Commemorated the England old at the new Opry House. The original support beams of the stage were reinforced with cross beams, concrete foundations, and joist work which helped triple the load capacity of the stage, ensuring that it will remain viable for many decades where the performance can happen.