1975-1994

1980
Jan 23

Coal Miners Daughter

Scenes from Coal Miners Daughter are filmed at the Ryman. The Oscar-nominated film is a chronicle of Lorette Lynn’s life starring Sissy Spacek, Tomrry Lee Jones and Levon Helm.

1983
Jan 23

Gaylord Entertainment Company

In 1983, Gaylord Entertainment Company (then called Gaylord Broadcasting Company) purchased the Ryman Auditiorium (as well as the Grand Ole Opry and National Life Insurance’s other broadcasting, entertainment and hospitality properties) and set out to make exterior renovations starting in 1989. The first steps included installation of a new roof, replacement of broken windows and repair of woodwork. The most notable change was the larged arched pediment on the Fifth Avenue side. The original had fallen into the attic during the 1950’s and the opening boarded up during that time. A replica was returned in its place and once again the facade was that of Captain Top Ryman’s original vision.

1988
Jan 23

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton films an epsiode of her ABC-TV variety show at the Ryman. Dolly Parton gathered some of country musics greatest women to reminisce backstage for her popular ABC-TV variety show. In another segment, she poignantly reunited with Porter Wagner, performing with him for the first time since their bitter professional split in 1974.

1991
Apr 30

April 30th, 1991

Emmylou Harris and The Nash Ramblers record “Live at the Ryman.” With her acoustic band, the Nash Ramblers, Harris recorded a live album and accompanying documentary that featured the Ryman as prominently as it did songs by writers diverse as Stephen Foster, Bill Monroe, and Steve Earle. The highly-respected Harris demonstrated in her usual understanding way how the past can inform and enrich our future. It was a message that reverberated powerfully inside the beloved auditorium and beyond.

1992
May 18

May 18th, 1992

The Ryman Auditorium celebrate its first centennial. The Ryman’s 100-year anniversary celebration included a star-studded concert and one-act musical play, The Ryman: The Tabernacle Becomes A Shrine.

Oct 23

Major Renovations

Gaylord Entertainment announces plans for a major renovation of the Ryman Auditorium. Shortly after the Ryman’s centenary celebration Gaylor Entertainment chief, E.W. “Bud” Wendell announced, “We’re committed to a renovation of the Ryman as quickly as we can get it done.”

1994
Jun 03

June 3rd, 1994

Nashville’s “Mother Church of Country Music” re-opens in June as a premier performance hall and museum. The first public performance in the newly renovated building was Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. The National Public Radio hit was originally inspired by the Grand Ole Opry when Garrison Keillor coverd the last Opry show at the Ryman in 1974.

Jun 09

June 9th, 1994

Always…Patsy Cline premiers with a 67-show performance schedule. Featuring more than 20 of Cline’s most memorable numbers.

Jun 14

June 14th, 1994

Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman series debuts. The first year of the series included concerts with Bill Monroe and Alison Krauss.

Oct 23

October 23rd, 1994

The first Sam’s Place showcases a plethora of contemporary Christian, country, and gospel artists. The series was named after Sam Jones for whom the Auditorium was originally built as a tabernacle.

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