• New Venue Spotlight: Opry in the Heart of the City

     
    POSTED August 27, 2018
     

    New sights, stages and sounds are retrograded at Opry City Stage NYC.

Around the world, people recognize the Grand Ole Opry as the showplace that made country music famous. One year ago, the Opry planted a new stage in the Big Apple. Opry City Stage is Manhattan’s 28,000-square-foot piece of Nashville in the heart of the city. This four-floor dual venue houses Southern food and live country music for the millions who visit Times Square annually. “Many first-time visitors to the U.S. take a trip to NYC, so City Stage gives them a taste of Nashville in a different location,” says Director of Special Events and Group Sales Meredith Rothstein.

As an outpost to its Nashville counterpart, Opry City Stage is a fully integrated, plug-and-play broadcast facility. While the two story, 260-seat-restaurant and bar has access to the Main Stage, the fourth floor houses a more exclusive venue, the Studio at Opry City Stage. Planners can rent the Studio, mezzanine or restaurant from City Stage. Groups can enjoy southern staples like chicken and waffles. Refreshments and live music accompany morning and lunch meetings in the Studio’s 250-seat dining room. “This is a great combination to split up time in two spaces,” notes Rothstein. “We find it reduces monotony for group meetings.” 

City Stage has hosted a wide variety of events for companies in the financial, hospitality and pharmaceutical industries. Additionally, real-time performances from the Grand Ole Opry’s Nashville stage stream live onto Opry City Stage screens. “Venues pop up all over but there hasn’t been anything like this in a long time,” says Rothstein. “City Stage is different because we can accommodate a broader stream of music lovers and stay true to the heart of country, too.” 

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