The Grand Ole Opry radio show will return to downtown Nashville for a four-month stand starting in November. The Opry, a country music institution since 1925, is extending by two months its annual vis

The Grand Ole Opry radio show will return to downtown Nashville for a four-month stand starting in November. The Opry, a country music institution since 1925, is extending by two months its annual visit to its one-time home, the Ryman Auditorium.

It will move from the suburban Grand Ole Opry House in November and remain through February. For the past three years, it has spent January and February at the Ryman.

"There's definitely something special about Opry performances in the Ryman," said Pete Fisher, general manager of the Opry. "We are particularly excited to this year be spending the holidays in downtown Nashville with the Ryman's new neighbor, the new Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which will celebrate its first holiday season downtown."

The Ryman was the home to the Opry from 1943-74, and legends such as Marty Robbins, Hank Williams and Patsy Cline performed on the show during that run. It moved to the Grand Ole Opry House in 1974, when downtown Nashville was deteriorating. The Ryman and downtown area have since been revitalized.

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