The Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach, SC

The Carolina Opry Theater8901 North Kings HighwayMyrtle Beach, SC 29572
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Winner of many South Carolina tourism awards and deemed “A Big Hit” by USA Today, The Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach offers a truly unique variety show with a cast of 36 performers in a two-hour performance filled with fun and laughter for the whole family. Guests can enjoy Broadway hits, pop music favorites, gospel songs and more accompanied by state-of-the-art sound and visual effects.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Myrtle Beach Travel Experts
  • Arrive 10 minutes before show time to see the pre-show.
  • Beer and wine are available.
  • Show duration: 2 hrs.
  • No flash photography.
  • Features 36 performers, variety of music, and state-of-the-art sound and visual effects.


from The Carolina Opry
If you only see one show, this is the one! The Carolina Opry has won every major South Carolina tourism award, including Most Outstanding Attraction and the prestigious Governor's Cup. Year after year, The Carolina Opry is voted the Best Show by the readers of the Myrtle Beach Sun News, a Knight-Ridder newspaper. And it’s the only show that has been featured on NBC Nightly News, CNN, TNN, and USA Today.

Entertainer and entrepreneur Calvin Gilmore launched The Carolina Opry on South Carolina's Grand Strand in 1986. His live music variety show features a cast of over 35 of the nation's top singers, dancers, comedians, and musicians in its own 2200-seat show palace with state-of-the-art sound and lighting and three giant video screens. The show, which is continually updated with new music and comedy, is two hours of high energy entertainment that blends humor and dancing with everything from rock 'n roll, Broadway, and country to classic hits, pop melodies, and gospel. Young and old are counted among its fans, who are sure to include a performance in their visit to Myrtle Beach.

In November and December, Christmas decor at The Carolina Opry Theater has been elevated to a high art form—an attraction in and of itself. In a dramatic one-week shut-down, the transformation into a winter wonderland begins as the crew spends all night and the entire following week preparing over 35 Christmas trees, 75 wreaths, 5 miles of tree lighting wire, countless tree ornaments, and mounds of Christmas snow, all presided over by the stunning 30-foot tree with more than 25,000 lights. House photographers are available for family photos in front of the splendid tree—many of them ending up on family Christmas cards.

The Carolina Opry Reviews

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Nokomis, FL
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"Geared toward an older crowd"
February 2024
My wife and I (in our forties) and our teenage kids attended. In the first half, our kids knew 1 song (Shallow by Gaga/Cooper) and my wife and I knew 3 (Landslide/Fleetwood Mac, Shallow, and a heavily modified Dave Matthews song). The average age in attendance was 60-70 with very few families. There was some problem with Tripster's ticketing as we were waiting for 10-15 mins to get our tickets as it required the worker to talk with the manager several times while most people walked up gave their name and were on their way in a few seconds. This is the only show we've ever left at intermission.
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Tip: Geared toward an older crowd

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Linda Rattigan
Long Beach, NY
1 Review
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"Vibrant Lively Show"
June 2019
The show exceeded expectations. The variety and level of entertainment was outstanding. The cast consists of a wonderfully talented group of singers, dancers and musicians plus a very funny comedian and a world class and very talented group of cloggers. Their synchronized performance was incredible. The outfits, the staging and the choreography was top notch. The two hour show was at a very professional level in very way. We were certainly impressed and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. However, we have to say the volume needs to be toned down. It was at an uncomfortable level at times.
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Susan Harris
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"Loudest concert I have ever been too!"
June 2019
I was really excited to go to this concert. The auditorium was half full. When the music started, the sound was so loud, it actually hurt my ears. I have been to more concerts than I can count. I barely made it to half-time and I had to leave. A couple, with small children, was sitting in front of me and the children started to cry. They also left. I don't understand this. Surely, they had to know that the sound volume was way too much.
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Tip: Don't attend if you cannot handle extreme sound.

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Kenneth Fraley
Chapmanville , WV
1 Review
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"First time I went to this show"
April 2019
First time I seen this show it was great
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Tip: Just that it’s a great show . Get seats down front

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Andrew Ruggiano
Lagrange, GA
1 Review
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"Best show in Myrtle Beach"
August 2018
This was the first time we were at the Carolina Opry and what a show! The singing was great, the comedy was great and overall it was a great family show. We will return.
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Tip: Be sure to get the premium tickets. Well worth the price.

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Kristie Lewis
1 Review
"Mind Warp"
August 2018
I was in total shock from from the first chord. This ensemble is truly worth EVERY DIME and then some! If you love music from the 60's, 70's and 80's you will NOT be disappointed with Time Warp!! Sometimes you forget that these are not the original recording artists. Just GO.
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Tip: There is no traffic light at The Opry, be careful exiting at night.

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john viviano
2 Reviews
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July 2018
It was a great show , 2 hrs of entertainment.
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Danville, VA
4 Reviews
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"The best show ever with great surprises..."
August 2016
The dance revue was awesome...thank you
Excellent talent and show...Looking forward to doing it again.
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Tip: Arrive timely and enjoy the show...Clap and cheer to show appreciation

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Frequently Asked Questions about The Carolina Opry

When should I arrive for the show?

If you would like to watch the pre-show, we recommend arriving at the theater between 30 and 45 minutes prior to showtime. Otherwise, arriving no later than 10 minutes before the show will do just fine.

I am running late to the show. Will my group still be allowed to see the show?

Dependent on how late your party arrives, your entry to the show is at the manager’s discretion. Once the curtain is up, the show utilizes special effects and bright lights. If the manager allows you to enter the theater, you must wait until the current number is over to enter for everyone’s safety. If you arrive too late to the show, your reserved seats may no longer be available.

Is the theater accessible for wheelchairs and other mobility issues?

Yes. While you can book wheelchair accessible seats online, we highly recommend calling our box office to ensure you receive the seats necessary to accommodate your needs. The following sections are designed specifically for individuals with wheelchairs: Premium Section – Sections A and C, row 1 Regular Section – Sections A and C, rows 2 through 6 on the outside aisle, Sections D and H rows 7, 8 and 17 In addition, all aisle seats on the ground floor are Disability Aisle Transfer seats. The seat arm raises completely out of the way and allows you to be transferred into the theater seat. For additional mobility questions, please call customer service.

Where is the theater located?

The Calvin Gilmore Theater is located at 8901 North Kings Highway right next to Pirates Voyage.