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Jim Stafford Theater Negotiating Potential Sale

BRANSON, Mo. -- A statement from the theater indicates that the theater might reopen in 2014 under new management and a different name.
BRANSON, Mo. A statement from the Jim Stafford Theater indicates that the venue might change hands before the next show season.

A spokesperson from the theater issued the following statement to KOLR10 news this week, prompted by questions about the show closing during last week's snow storms:

"Weather had an impact on the decision to cancel last weeks scheduled shows. Negotiations are underway to open the venue back up in 2014 under new ownership and management."

KOLR10 reached out to both theater representatives and to Jim Stafford. Both a theater spokesperson and Stafford indicated that more information would become available as details about the potential sale become public.

Branson has lost many other big names like Yakov Smirnoff, Andy Williams and Tony Orlando in recent years. But many theater managers, owners and performers see the changing names as a healthy transition.

Rob McCormick, a  manager at the Starlite Theater, said big names leaving Branson has meant more opportunities for new stars to come to the city.

"Branson's always been a big name town but it just opens up opportunities," he said. "We're able to bring in some big names of our own."

And just down the street from the Starlite, big names like the Presley's and Baldknobbers continue to stand out.

"The thing about Branson entertainment is that it's ever-changing," said Steve Presley. "That's part of the appeal of Branson. You always hate to lose someone that's been here for awhile. But Branson's always ever-changing."

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