RYMAN AUDITORIUM NAMED POLLSTAR THEATRE OF THE YEAR
The Historic Venue is Honored by Industry Leaders For Third Year in a Row.
NASHVILLE, TN (February 11, 2013) - The historic Ryman Auditorium was named Theatre of the Year Thursday night in Los Angeles at the 24th Annual Pollstar Awards. The award was voted on by industry peers and is widely regarded as the most prestigious in the concert industry. The Ryman was nominated along with five other theatres: Austin City Limits at The Moody Theater Austin (cap. 2,765), Beacon Theatre New York City (cap. 2,829), Fox Theatre Atlanta (cap 4,670) , Nokia Theatre L.A. Live Los Angeles (cap 7,100), Radio City Music Hall New York City (cap. 6,013). The Ryman has a seating capacity of 2,362.
This win marks the third year in a row that Nashville's iconic venue has been named Theatre of the Year by Pollstar Magazine. During the last fifteen years, the venue has won the award a total of five times. The Ryman was ranked 15th domestically by Pollstar for ticket sales in the Theatre category for the year-ending 2012.
"Coming to a concert at the Ryman is an unparalleled experience – the rich history, the amazing sound and the intimacy of the room all make for a concert event that just can't happen elsewhere," said Sally Williams, Ryman Auditorium General Manager. "We're incredibly honored and grateful to our peers for naming the us Theatre of the Year for a third year in a row. We like to say that we make history one night at time and that's just what we will continue to do in the year ahead."
2012 was a stellar year for the historic venue. Highlights included sold-out, three-night stands with Mumford & Sons in March and Christmas at the Ryman with Amy Grant & Vince Gill in December as well as two night stands with A Prairie Home Companion, Andrew Peterson, Bonnie Raitt, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Jack White Band, NEEDTOBREATHE and Snow Patrol. Ben Folds Five, The Civil Wars, Diana Ross, Jackson Browne, Martina McBride, Old Crow Medicine Show and Ringo Starr are among the other artists who played the Ryman in 2012. The venue also was seen on TV screens across the country last year in ABC's hit show "Nashville," "Austin City Limits Presents Americana Music Honors Live," and a Sony camera commercial staring Grammy®-award winning artist Taylor Swift.
Upcoming shows at the Ryman include: fun. February 16, Indigo Girls March 9, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds March 16, Keith and Kristyn Getty & Friends March 17, Alan Jackson March 20, Dwight Yoakam April 12, The Temptations and The Four Tops April 14, Gary Allan April 17 & 19, The Black Crowes April 20 & 21, Il Divo May 8, A Prairie Home Companion May 11, Dispatch May 29, She & Him June 13, Fall Out Boy June 30, Victoria Justice August 9 and Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Thursdays June 20 – July 25.
About Ryman Auditorium
A National Historic Landmark, Ryman Auditorium was built as a tabernacle by Captain Thomas G. Ryman in 1892, served as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-74, and was completely renovated in 1994. The Ryman is open for tours during the day and at night offers a wide variety of entertainment performances, just has it has for over 120 years. The venue was voted the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Pollstar Theatre of the Year. Ryman Auditorium is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP), a Nashville-based REIT that also owns and operates the Grand Ole Opry, and 650 AM WSM. For more information, visit ryman.com.