Family Channel, Gilmore Opry shows link arms
By: Tom Linafelt
Calvin Gilmore’s entertainment empire entered a new era Wednesday as he announced that owners of The Family Channel will buy a majority share of Calvin Gilmore Productions, producers of The Carolina Opry and two other live music variety shows.
Gilmore said the arrangement with International Family Entertainment (IFE) will allow him to open three new opry-style theaters in three markets over the next two years. Gilmore would not identify the markets, but said the first of the new theaters could begin construction within 30 days. That show could be open as soon as March, he said…