As a country music performer, Calvin Gilmore was a popular member of the Grand Ole Opry. But when he came to Myrtle Beach in the 1980s, he brought an authentic slice of the Nashville showcase with him. After opening and playing various venues on the Grand Strand, Gilmore eventually opened the Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach. The largest country music venue on the East Coast attracts fans from all over the world to experience top-notch entertainment in America’s No. 1 family vacation destination. Gilmore opened the original Carolina Opry in Surfside Beach and delighted fans with an all-country music lineup. He later opened the Dixie Jubilee in North Myrtle Beach, spreading the American roots scene to the entire Strand. The success of those smaller venues convinced Gilmore to open the current Carolina Opry near Restaurant Row in 1993. Located near Myrtle Beach's famed Restaurant Row next to Dolly Parton’s new “Pirates Voyage” dinner theater, this entertainment complex is easily accessible from all ends of the Grand Strand at the junction of Highway 17 Business and Bypass.