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The Best Historic Music Venues in Music City

Ryman Auditorium

The famous Ryman Auditorium is one of Nashville’s most historic venues located right in the heart of downtown Nashville. Prominent steamboat captain and Nashville businessman, Thomas G. Ryman spent most of his life dedicated to building the Union Gospel Tabernacle, which would take on the name the Ryman after he died.

In the 1920s the Ryman became the anchor for most of Nashville’s cultural offerings, referred to as the Carnegie of the South, hosting traveling acts from all over the world. The Ryman then became the home of the Grand Ole Opry, a famous live radio and TV show that brought the likes of Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Minnie Pearl, Patsy Cline, and Roy Acuff to the stage and into people’s homes for over 30 years.

In the 1970’s the Grand Old Opry changed venues and the Ryman sat dormant until it’s complete renovation in the 1990s. Now visitors and show goers sit in the original and refurbished pews of this 2,362-seat live performance venue and enjoy their beautiful and artful lobbies and facilities.

Currently the Ryman hosts live music shows most nights of the week and is one of the most sought after venues for musicians of all kinds to play. For an upcoming show schedule, visit There is also an option for a full tour of the building. To schedule a tour, click here!

The Franklin Theatre

The Franklin Theatre on Main Street in the center of downtown Franklin, Tennessee first opened its doors in 1937 as the town’s first movie theater.

Over the next 70 years, the venue remained one of Franklin’s most valued and historic monuments, but closed its doors in 2007.The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County bought and rehabilitated the historic landmark. After three years of work – and an investment of more than $8 million – the historic Franklin Theatre re-emerged better than ever and reopened it’s doors in 2011.

Still a movie theater, the Franklin Theater is also a beautiful live music venue hosting a wide variety of world class music. For upcoming shows, click here!

War Memorial Auditorium 

The War Memorial Auditorium is a 2,000-seat performance hall located downtown Nashville. The auditorium was built in 1925 and served as home of the Grand Ole Opry during 1939 to 1943. Many Nashvillians know it as the Tennessee War Memorial.

Originally built as a war memorial for Nashville soldiers who lost their lives in World War I, the now music venue  features both an open floor and seated configuration, which gives the option of sitting or standing during all live music performances. In recent years the venue was featured in Carrie Underwood’s 2006 single “Don’t Forget to Remember Me” and Jewel‘s 2010 single, “Satisfied.”

For a list of upcoming concerts and events at the War Memorial Auditorium, click here!

Looking for property close to one of these historic venues? We’ve got you covered! To explore homes near the Ryman Auditorium, click here. For homes near The Franklin Theatre and Main Street, click here. And for homes near the War Memorial Auditorium, click here. OR if you have a home in the area and you’re wondering it’s value, visit  and don’t hesitate to call us at (615) 807 0579 with questions!

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