Owen Theater Gets New Owner, New Future

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BRANSON, Mo. — Branson’s first theater now has a new owner and new plans for the future.

The Branson Regional Arts Council will purchase the historic Owen Theater from its original owners.

Jim Owen opened the theater back in 1936.

It was first a movie theater then became a live stage performance theater.

The Arts Council has used the building for some of its performances before and now will get to call it its permanent home.

The executive director says he’d like to keep the heritage of Jim Owen and theater alive.

“And so there’s a great tradition there that the Arts Council will be able to keep that going, keep that preserved for centuries to come I hope,” Jim Barber, executive director of the Branson Regional Arts Council, said.

Barber says the Arts Council plans to have entertainment at the theater all year round.

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