The Gladewater Opry is a two hour country music stage show. The show is housed in the historical "CozyTheater", in Gladewater, Texas, (circa 1936). In the early fifties, according to the local community, young artists such as Elvis, competed in contests held at the theater. Today, the Opry provides a family atmosphere for entertainers of all ages, musicians and songwriters, to perform. The Opry books over 500 people a year from around the Ark-La-Tex and surrounding areas. Specialty show favorites include the "50's Show", the "Legends Show", the "Hee Haw Show", and the "Christmas Show". The Opry also boast an annual award show to honor the entertainers that perform throughout the year.. it is the biggest show of the year.
The theater has been a music stage show since the early eighties, with Jim Ivy and Nancy Ivy taking ownership in 1996. In honor of her husband, the late Jim Ivy, and their legacy, Nancy continues to book and produce the show. The Opry's format has been very successful, and beginning in 2001, led to five consecutive "Opry of the Year" wins awarded by the Country Music Organizations of America (CMOA). The Opry has had many talented musicians and artists crossing the year after year, and they just keep coming!