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War Memorial Auditorium Celebrates 88 Years with New Look and Sound

Updated: Friday, October 25 2013, 12:48 AM CDT
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NASHVILLE, TN - - Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium is celebrating 88 years and to celebrate, a portion of the building has been renovated. but as Fox 17 Entertainment Reporter Stacy McCloud discovered - this facelift is about much more than looks.

"So many of us walk through these streets and don't realize where we are walking or what took place there" says Brent Hyams

Most people see War Memorial as just another place in Nashville to have an event.  But Hymas says it has significant historical meaning. "It was built to honor the 3400 Tennesseans who lost their lives in World War One." It first opened as a convention center and was also where the nashville symphony was held for 55 years. It was even once the home of the grand ole opry. "The Opry welcomed Minnie Pearl, Bill Monroe and Earnest Tubbs while it was here" says Hymas.

Many historic moments have happened within these walls. History that he says needed to be on display. "We've really worked hard with local archives in town and have gotten our history and put it on walls."

From the green room, to dressing and holding rooms, each now has a focus. "Having the rooms have a theme to the periods of our history was a big part of telling our story."

Artists have already taken notice of the changes. Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton filmed their new music video here. But since the rooms are backstage, patrons may not see the extensive remodel, but they will hear  a difference. "We have the greatest opportunity of our 88 years of history to present the purest sound experience." A top of the line sound system has been installed. Important because War Memorial hosts a wide variety of shows. Just next month they have rapper Lupe Fiasco, the metal band Asking Alexandria and EDM DJ's - Krewella. Artists that will now understand just how valuable the venue they are playing in - really is. "It is important for them to know history of our facility and the city, so  when they step on stage they can make those meaningful comments about playing this historical hall - where as before it was just another venue with a leaky toilet." he laughs.

Here's another fun fact about the remodel. They added a bathroom to the star room and even named it after the first person to use it! Stacy took a picture and blogged about who it was - to see that - CLICK HERE.

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