Longtime fans of the Liberty Opry may not recognize their Texas musical treasure when they walk through its famed doors in downtown Liberty.

The historic building was built in 1938 and operated as a movie theater for many years before becoming the Liberty Opry. It is being remodeled, refreshed and renewed, as well as deep cleaned and sanitized.

“It’s a beautiful transformation and we are so proud of it,” said Nina Cantu who, along with husband, Jay, purchased the Opry in 2010 and has faithfully brought family-oriented musical entertainment to the Lake Houston area until the pandemic forced them to temporarily close their doors.

The first show in the refurbished building was a “Country and Oldies Mix-it-up” July 11 featuring fan favorites Rex Harris, Brandy Morace, Jessica Dequeant, Jay Cantu, comedian Booger Lee and the Liberty Opry Band.

Michael and Ginny Hix appear on the Opry stage July 25 and an All-Gospel Show is set for Aug. 29. Shows have been scheduled for Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19.

“We hope we’re finished in time for the first show. We are painting almost every room in the building, including the bathrooms. Cabinets and shelving have been built. We are adding new artwork and wall hangings and baseboards all around,” said Nina.

“New carpeting is being placed on the walls to improve acoustics. We’ve removed the seats to clean and paint the floors, installing new vinyl flooring in the lobby, concession area, bathrooms and backstage.”

Perhaps the biggest news that Nina and Jay are eager to share is that the Liberty Opry is adding a dance floor.

“Yes, we’re adding a dance floor. We are so excited,” said Nina.

“It’s being hand-built by Shiloh Ministries. They’ve been helping us with all of our remodeling since February.”

Shiloh Ministries is a spiritual ministry of Pastor Rocky and Debbie Fondren. They now conduct Wednesday and Sunday church services in the Opry.

Once all the remodeling is completed, Nina and Jay are bringing in a company to deep clean and sanitize seating, steam clean and sanitize the stage curtains and carpet.

“We have a sanitizing fogger we will use prior to and after each show and we’ll have hand-sanitizing dispensers throughout the facility,” Nina said.

She and Jay are still working out the seating spacing required by Texas guidelines.

“Neither the entertainers nor our band members will be wearing masks, although we talked about having our own version of ‘The Masked Singer,’ joked Nina.

The Liberty Opry is a live, musical, family-oriented facility featuring some of the most talented musicians in the country.

“We have so many great shows. People just don’t realize what they are missing,” said Nina.

“Many people call us, but they don’t want to come alone.

“We encourage them to come anyway because they will not feel alone. By the time they leave, they’ll have made a friend or two or three.”

The Liberty Opry motto: “Once you walk through our doors, you are a part of our family.”

Michael and Ginny Hix is July 25. All Gospel Show is Aug. 29.

Reserve your seats by calling 936-336-5830 and check for the scheduled shows and entertainers at libertyopry.com.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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