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The Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach features lively family entertainment

The Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach features lively family entertainment

The Carolina Opry, one of the area’s most popular attractions, has added fond memories to the unforgettable vacations spent in Myrtle Beach for countless visitors. And if you go to this stellar theater, you’ll quickly understand why.

Four high-octane productions – The Carolina Opry, Good Vibrations, The Carolina Opry Christmas Special and the LIGHT Laser Extravaganza – are all showcased under one roof.

About 35 singers, actors, dancers and musicians are featured in each individual show, which will keep you entertained from start to finish.

An all-male percussive clogging group – ALLTHAT! – is among a list of impressive talent featured in dynamic performances in The Carolina Opry and Good Vibrations shows. The group won rare reviews on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” making it to the quarterfinals and returning to the show’s Wild Card competition and placing in the top four. The men perform their electrifying act Monday through Saturday at The Carolina Opry.

Each show at the theater is unique unto itself.

The Carolina Opry showcases various genres of American music while incorporating comedy within the variety show. Good Vibrations pays homage to the beloved music of the 60s, 70s and 80s, with comedy and dance tossed into the mix, too. The Carolina Christmas Special is a production filled with the joy and grandeur of the season.

Yet perhaps, of all the shows, the LIGHT show is the most visually intriguing as laser lights dance to the sounds of music by artists like The Beatles and Pink Floyd.

The Carolina Opry, a past winner of The Governor’s Cup, the state’s highest tourism award, is a perennial favorite of vacationers traveling to Myrtle Beach and its surrounding cities.

The 2,200-seat theater is currently in its 27th season. The Carolina Opry is the first and longest running variety show theater on the Grand Strand.

The theater was the brainchild of Calvin Gilmore, who opened the theater in 1986. It debuted May 2 of that year in Surfside Beach.

Carolina Opry was unique especially because it provided entertainment during December when the Grand Strand was void of such amusement.

Gilmore – a country musician, songwriter and producer – changed that by eventually opening a total of three theatres, which included Dixie Jubilee in North Myrtle Beach in 1989 and Southern Country Nights in 1992. The latter was in the original theater home he initially opened in Surfside Beach.

His vision for theater in the Myrtle Beach area caused USA Today to credit him for “starting the Myrtle Beach boom.” The newspaper profiled him in a feature article on Nov. 17, 1992.

In 1995, Gilmore brought all three shows together at its current location in Myrtle Beach, 8901 N. Kings Highway.

If you go:
What: The Carolina Opry
Where: 8901 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29572
When: Times vary year-around.
Cost: Prices for The Carolina Opry and Good Vibrations start at $32.50 for adults, $15.81 for children and $21.50 for students. Prices for The Carolina Opry Christmas Special start at $37.16 for adults and $24.19 for children and students. Prices for LIGHT are $13.95 for adults and $11.04 for children and students.
Information: Call (843) 913-4000 or (800)-843-6779. You can also visit
Directions:  Start going southeast on 48th Ave. Extension N. toward Wild Iris Drive. Turn left onto U.S. 17 N. Take U.S. 17 BR ramp toward Myrtle Beach. Turn right onto North Kings Highway/U.S. 17 BR South. The Carolina Opry will be on the right.

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