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Opry Owner Talks Of Rebuilding

Last updated on Tuesday, September 29, 2009

(NASHVILLE, IN) - There is talk of rebuilding the Little Nashville Opry which was destroyed in an arson fire last weekend.

It's not clear yet whether that will happen but Co-Owner and Manager Jim Bowyer has expressed interest.

Rebuilding might be the only hope of bringing back the crowds that regularly attended the performances there.

The Director of the Brown County Visitors Center, Jane Ellis, is enthusiastic about the prospect of replacing the historic structure.

But she says the Nashville area tourist trade will continue to thrive in any case. "we're fortunate that we have very faithful visitors that come back to see us year after year." she said.

"Once you get here, it's hard not to come back."

Ellis points to other theaters, such as the Red Barn on State Road 46 and the Coach Light Musical Theater downtown, as well as the shops, art galleries and other attractions that have made tourism a mainstay of the local economy.

There is also talk on the streets of Nashville of raising funds to assist in rebuilding the theater.

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