Centennial Rodeo Opry Theater in Stockyards City

2221 Exchange Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73108

Your Night at the Opry

Getting there: Exit I-40 at Agnew Street. Take Agnew south to Exchange Ave. Turn left on Exchange and the Opry Theater is on the north side of the street.

Parking: Street parking with additional parking available at UMB Bank on the corner of Exchange & Agnew. Free.

Seating: Saturday night Showcase Series shows are reserved seating. Capacity 250.

Box office and will-call: Open at 6pm for will-call and walk-up tickets.

Concessions: Soft drinks, popcorn and various snacks are available.

History of the Rodeo Opry

New SignThe Rodeo Opry grew from a love of music and a love of family, and has become an important part of Oklahoma’s musical culture and history. Starting as a backyard gathering of family and friends who loved to play and sing country music, the Opry was formed and grew under the guidance of Granville “Grant” Leftwich (1929 – 2006). Starting at the OKC National Guard Armory as a family-oriented country show, the “Oklahoma Opry” was officially launched in 1977 in the renovated theater once called “Knob Hill” located in the Capitol Hill district of Oklahoma City. Later, moving into the historic Stockyards district in 2004, the Rodeo Opry found its new name and new home in the Rodeo Theater where it now thrives. Weekly Saturday night shows introduce talented new performers who share the stage with special guests, OKC favorites, and the professional Opry house band in a family-friendly, live music show proclaimed “Oklahoma’s Official Country Music Show.”

The Stars Come Out

Grant Leftwich loved nothing better than discovering and promoting talented young people as they struggled to establish music careers. He created a network of opportunities through the Opry that brought new stars into the light including Bryan White, Katrina Elam and Cody Canada of Cross Canadian Ragweed. Famous Oklahoma artists such as Reba McEntire, Wanda Jackson, Jody Miller, Wade Hayes, Byron Berline, Sammi Smith and local favorite Jude Northcutt not only performed at the Opry but worked with upcoming young Oklahoma talents to open the doors to their future. Reaching beyond Oklahoma connections, Leftwich brought country music legends to our stage including Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelious, David Frizell, Johnny Rodriguez, Leroy Van Dyke and Kitty Wells. This collaborative relationship between music professionals and young performers from our state is at the heart of the Rodeo Opry.

Taking the next step into community outreach and education, the Opry Heritage Foundation of Oklahoma (OHFO) was formed in 2004. New projects were created that built on the foundation of the Opry shows. “Rising Star Roundup” workshops for youngsters to age 16, “Kick Start” clinics for teens, and “Writers from the Row” for burgeoning songwriters are successful outreach and development programs. In addition, students from across Oklahoma learn about local history through an educational music experience titled “Oklahoma Heritage Concerts” presented to school groups on field trips to the Rodeo Opry.

Music for Everyone

The Granville Music School opened in 2009 and fills a need for instrumental music lessons for children of low-income families. Under the auspices of the OHFO, children receive lessons at 50 cents each from dedicated professional music teachers. The school facilities are located 1 block from the Rodeo Opry and serve more than 150 students weekly. Donations to this program are gratefully accepted. Contact the Rodeo Opry at 405-297-9773 for details.

The Centennial Rodeo Opry:
Honoring Oklahoma’s Musical Heritage, Embracing and Educating Oklahoma’s musical future.