Is the Smoky Mountain Opry closed?

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The Smoky Mountain Opry debuted their ninth season on Feb. 28, 2020 with all new musical numbers, only to close their doors less than three weeks later.

After the closing, which was originally meant to be temporary, representatives with the Smoky Mountain Opry announced that they were not be planning to reopen for the remainder of the 2020 season – if at all.

Clues that the Smoky Mountain Opry may permanently close

In recent months, additional clues about the Opry’s fate indicate that the attraction may be permanently closed, or at the very least have no plans to reopen in the foreseeable future.

While the building and signage remains standing in Pigeon Forge, the Smoky Mountain Opry business pages on Facebook and Instagram have been deactivated since April.

Also, the Google listing for the Smoky Mountain Opry marks the attraction as “permanently closed.”

The Opry’s former website has also been taken down and now redirects users to a website called, which lists the other World Choice Investment dinner shows — Dolly Parton’s Stampede, Pirates Voyage, Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud and The Comedy Barn Theater.

Alternative Shows in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

If you’re looking for a few great alternatives to the Smoky Mountain Opry, we have a few suggestions.

1. Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Show 

Dolly Parton’s Stampede, located in Pigeon Forge, features a friendly North vs. South competition and a four-course feast of Southern comfort food. Guests can enjoy a live show featuring music, comedy, live animals, horse stunts and pyrotechnics during their meal. Ticket prices are usually around $59.99/adult (prices may vary by season).

Read More: A review Dolly Parton’s Stampede – tips how to plan and what to expect

2. Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show

Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show is a dinner theater experience in Pigeon Forge. Guests join the adventures of the infamous pirate Blackbeard and his quartermaster Calico Jack. Guests receive a four-course feast in stadium seating during the show. Ticket prices are around $56.99/adult (prices may vary by season).

Read More: Review of Pirates Voyage (Caution me mateys, dad jokes dead ahead)

3. Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud

The Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show is a dinner theater experience in Pigeon Forge, featuring a homestyle all-you-can-eat feast. Hatfield & McCoy claims to put the “fun” in dysfunctional. Guests enjoy a comical, mountain-style feud during their meal. Ticket prices are around $56.99/adult (prices may vary by season).

Review of Hatfield & McCoy: Murderous feud turned comedic dinner show

4. The Comedy Barn

The Comedy Barn Theater is a live music venue in Pigeon Forge. The Comedy Barn has clean comedy routine for the family and is an award-winning family comedy variety show. The shows feature magicians, jugglers, ventriloquists, comedians and live music. The Comedy Barn is also a bit more economical than some of the other local shows at just $34.99/ticket (prices may vary by season).

5. Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud

Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show and Adventure Park is a tourist attraction in Pigeon Forge located in the Shops at Lumberjack Square. The show features two feuding families as they compete through 13 competitive lumberjack events in an outdoor amphitheater. The Adventure Park features a zipline roller coaster, the High Woodsman Challenge, competitive lumberjack events and more. Tickets start at about $34.95 (prices may vary by season).

5. Impossibilities Magic Show

Erik Dobell is a master mentalist and magician. Dobell has traveled from Las Vegas to South Korea performing for audiences and companies such as the NFL, Macy’s and Goodyear, and now he performs at the historic Gatlinburg Space Needle. Ticket prices usually start at around $27.95 (prices may vary by season).

6. Theatre of the Stars

Theatre of the Stars is presented by producer John Stuart, creator of the longest running show in Vegas, Legends in Concert. The theatre offers a showcase of classic tribute shows and other performers. Prices range from $22.39 to $44.84 (prices may vary by season and performer).

Disclaimer: While we do our best to bring you the most up-to-date information, attractions or prices mentioned in this article may vary by season and are subject to change. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any mentioned business, and have not been reviewed or endorsed these entities. Contact us at for questions or comments.


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29 thoughts on “Is the Smoky Mountain Opry closed?”

  1. So sad…the best show in Pigeon Forge by far!!! Why have all the other shows reopened and our favorite remained closed????

  2. So very sad! Our favorite show. We made a point to come every year. Our grandkids loved it. This was definitely a variety of talent all in one show. Guess we will travel to Myrtle Beach to see Slim Chance now.
    Would love to see it reopen with all its professionalism.

  3. best show. my wife and I would see a show in July for our anniversary and come back to see their Christmas show. it’s so sad that it has closed. we’ll miss Slim Chance.

  4. This was the best show in town. I would be there 2 or 3 times a year. Always noticed something different. Nothing else can compare. Big fan of all the music and tech these used. I will treasure the DVDs that I have when they sold them.

  5. Best show in town. We are local and went at least twice a year. This show had talent a cut above all the rest.

  6. This is so sad. There are other good shows, but The Opry was tops. what a disappointment!

  7. we went twice a year to the show very best show anywhere makes me so sad it has closed that was the reason we went to Pigeon Forge and of course we spent money at other places but will not be back unless the Opry reopens

  8. Best show in pigeon Forge. Someone will surely open it up. It was well run from a fans view. OPEN IT BACK.

  9. Why? Best show in town. If you need more money to stay open, raise your ticket prices….it will be worth it!!

  10. SMO was our favorite. So much variety and talent. The show started going down a few years ago when several of the regulars left, but it was still a quality show. A trip to Pigeon Forge just isn’t the same without it.

  11. We had been going to Pigeon Forge for years for are vacation and loved going to the shows were they played country music !!!!! Now that we missed a couple of years its not the same very few Country Show any more . Its Tennessee AND TENNESSEE IS COUNTRY MUSIC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. This was the best show by far, last year I had to take our family to Country tonight and it was awful, only a few people running the whole show, nothing compared to what we had previous seen there years ago which WAS NO comparison to the Opra show. So disappointed. Looking for a good show to take our family to this year. Nothing looks that good or promising. Sad.

  13. Sad that this venue closed. Need to find a way to open this beautiful venue with a new professional cast. We loved the Christmas Show. Best talent in town.

  14. Rose Ferguson We are soooo disappointed the Opry has closed. We loved all the performers and Slim Chance!! We always looked forward to seeing the show. Please bring it back!!!!

  15. Big mistake closing the Opry. It was the best entertainment show in the area and will be missed by faithful patrons.

  16. So disappointed that this show has closed. It was my favorite of all of the shows. Loved the quick change artists and Slim Chance.

  17. At Christmas time the Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry, (Pigeon Forge) was awesome. The live Nativity with flying angels, live animals and great Christmas Music. Sad to see this go.

  18. This makes no sense to me. This was the best show ever! I cannot understand closing this. What a waste!

  19. The best show in Pigeon Forge by far has closed?? This show was one of the main reasons we came twice a year. I really wish some negotiating could be done to have it reopen.

  20. Can’t believe this show will not be opening back up. Definitely the best show in Pigeon Forge. Can’t believe it.

  21. Is anyone reading these posts…as late as 4 days ago? This was the BEST entertainment in Pigeon Forge, and people would flock to it if it reopened. Perhaps Dolly ought to take a look if she hasn’t already. Just saying.

  22. Please re-open Smoky Mountain Opera, just loved going there every visit to PF area… I so wish Dolly Parton organization would take it over and put her name on it… I didn’t know there were any problems at this 1st Class/Top Shelf Entertainment Venue, so someone PLEASE get your act together and Reopen SMO, NOW (please)… Dolly can you please help get this accomplished… your the absolute best. You can make it happen, I know you can, you can do a welcome via Hologram… and I surely need my Christmas Fix at SMO…coming up… thank you for listening. Terry. Ephrata, PA

  23. Hi Terry! World Choice Investments, the owner of the Opry and several other establishments in the area, is Dolly Parton’s dinner show company.

  24. Came to the Smokies this weekend with family. I had bragged and bragged about this show to them. I was soo disappointed to see they were closed.. this show was so many visitors favorite.. so disappointed
    I really would love to see them re-open the doors!

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