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DalmatianDad 11-12-2019 11:31 AM

Branson’s Moon River Theatre put on market
 
I have no further info at this time.:confused:

leftsaidted 11-12-2019 07:19 PM

NOT good news...Moon River Grille sold, closed, and it’s replacement is NOTHING like, nor as good, as the original. I fear the same fate of the theatre....

DalmatianDad 11-13-2019 06:22 AM

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Originally Posted by leftsaidted (Post 935645)
NOT good news...Moon River Grille sold, closed, and it’s replacement is NOTHING like, nor as good, as the original. I fear the same fate of the theatre....

I have the same fear, but what the heck, we have plenty of go-carts..:irked:

biscuitcreek 11-13-2019 06:55 AM

https://www.ky3.com/content/news/And...564830592.html

DalmatianDad 11-13-2019 07:20 AM

Hmmm, 6.7M does not strike me as a particulary high price for that package. I'm thinking it might be a sign of a lack of prosperity currently, and a shortage of optimism about the future.

OkieAnon 11-13-2019 08:01 AM

I noticed on Zillow the other day-- (as soon as I win the lottery i'm buying a condo or cabin:rolleyes: ) -- a vacant lot across from the Presley's 2.2 acres for 1.5 million. Which does makes the Andy Williams theater look a little low on price with their 11 acres and theater.

a beautiful theater on the outside but the inside is one of the worst theaters in Branson in my view, and I base that on having taken someone with mobility issues, it was almost impossible to get around all the steps and get to our seats.

I'll play straight man here-- it would make a perfect church for the _________. wouldn't have to hardly change the signage.

tortminder 11-13-2019 11:07 AM

A new venue for Jim Baker or a snazzy office for making time-share presentations.:p:p:p

bransoncutie 11-13-2019 11:40 AM

I have to admit, I'm more than a little saddened by this news. But also, I'm not at all surprised. In fact, I had anticipated it happening sooner, given Jimmy Osmond suffered a pretty serious stroke back in late December and is recuperating and working on his full recovery back home in Utah.

Also, because it IS Jimmy Osmond, and because I know he has so much respect for Andy Williams and his legacy, I suspect that he will be quite picky about any prospective buyer and their intentions for the facility.

WireRoad 11-13-2019 12:11 PM

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Originally Posted by tortminder (Post 935659)
A new venue for Jim Baker or a snazzy office for making time-share presentations.:p:p:p

Well let's see...Bakker is in pretty thick with Paula White...who is now in pretty thick with Trump...and to him 6.7M is chump change...oh man...the possibilities here are scary...:eek:

Branson Friend 11-13-2019 12:57 PM

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Originally Posted by bransoncutie (Post 935664)
...I know he has so much respect for Andy Williams and his legacy, I suspect that he will be quite picky about any prospective buyer and their intentions for the facility.

The people carrying the loan want their money back and it will go to whoever makes the best offer. It is being marketed as real estate, not just a theater. If someone wants to bulldoze the building and use the property for other purposes they will be happy to sell it to them. It is an architecturally beautiful facility but has a lot of problems attached to it.

When Andy Williams owned the building there was a whole different vibe to it, and he did indeed care about quality. It would be a shame if someone levels the building, but with knowledge of many other theaters in town for sale I cannot forsee anyone who would pay anywhere near that price to open a theater in Branson. Well before I started doing business in Branson I would come to town just to see Andy and Glen Campbell, sometimes twice a day. There are not many legends from that era left, make sure you go see the ones you can when they come to your town. I would like to see someone be able to rescue the facility, but I don’t know of anyone other than a zillionaire with money to burn who would invest that kind of money in the Branson market. This would be a good time to start all sorts of rumors about major stars whose dream it is to come to Branson. Let me get the ball rolling. I hear Ozzy Osbourne is looking for a place to settle down.

rjw1991A1 11-13-2019 01:21 PM

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This would be a good time to start all sorts of rumors about major stars whose dream it is to come to Branson. Let me get the ball rolling. I hear Ozzy Osbourne is looking for a place to settle down.
:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
:rofl::rofl::rofl:

Add the National Hooters Museum in the parking lot as well!

tortminder 11-13-2019 04:34 PM

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Originally Posted by rjw1991A1 (Post 935668)
:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
:rofl::rofl::rofl:

Add the National Hooters Museum in the parking lot as well!

Since deer season is about to open, how about an "adult venue" called Racks!:rolleyes::rolleyes:

sanddunerider 11-14-2019 06:49 AM

Opening Soon!!

Branson's First Casino!!

It will be located in the Nostalgic, recently remodeled Andy Williams Theatre. Lots of Parking
Restaraunt across the street,
with plenty of Motels available by shuttle or short walking distance..

WireRoad 11-14-2019 08:39 AM

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Originally Posted by Branson Friend (Post 935667)
Let me get the ball rolling. I hear Ozzy Osbourne is looking for a place to settle down.

Well Ozzy is 70 now, so it's about time. Wait...."Ozzy Osbourne's Bark At The Moon River Theater". Money in the bank. :cool:

leftsaidted 11-14-2019 02:51 PM

Hmm...remodeled theatre...the little creek outside flowing around...adult venue...trying to save money on signeage...how about "MOONed at the River" Gentlemens Club...

acampingfan 11-15-2019 01:55 PM

Gee with all this talk about Branson's economy, my tentative next summer trip(month long ) may have to be reconsidered. I don't post a lot here but try to keep up with what's happening but we did do 20 some odd shows in 30 days a few years back...LOVED every minute of it. I hope the doom and gloom I'm perceiving from this topic is misplaced.

Now as to Moon River....last time in town we went to see the Righteous Brothers(I think, or was it Righteous Brother?)...anyways, whoever it was, the theater was practically empty. It's shameful because it is such a beautiful property.

mikee 11-16-2019 09:57 PM

Moon River
 
:)I think the best use for the building is a church for young people that can handle the hiils in the parking lot and all the steps in the theater. Maybe a combined effort by Paula White, Benny Hinn and Jim Bakker and a couple of other big names in the church business. Lots of meetings every week and concerts by Christian music artists. Jimmy can sell it for a loss and take a tax write off. James River Church in Ozark might even be a possibility. I think they already have at least 2 or 3 locations in addition the the main location on Hwy 65. I am out of ideas now. Have to go to bed and see what else I can dream up.

Daytimer 11-18-2019 11:59 AM

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Originally Posted by bransoncutie (Post 935664)
I have to admit, I'm more than a little saddened by this news. But also, I'm not at all surprised. In fact, I had anticipated it happening sooner, given Jimmy Osmond suffered a pretty serious stroke back in late December and is recuperating and working on his full recovery back home in Utah.

Also, because it IS Jimmy Osmond, and because I know he has so much respect for Andy Williams and his legacy, I suspect that he will be quite picky about any prospective buyer and their intentions for the facility.

It makes me sad too. I grew up going to Branson and seeing Andy Williams with my parents, then now grown and still going back to see shows there. Lot of good memories.

bmschoen 11-19-2019 08:10 AM

Rick Thomas....paging Rick Thomas....

leftsaidted 11-19-2019 02:45 PM

As much as we all have had so much fun there, and have seen so many great shows, including Andy Williams in person, and thus many fond memories....the theatre itself is NOT a good design! Plus, it is MUCH too large for the crowds that are now, and in the foreseeable future, coming to Branson to watch live performances.

Which then begs the questions:
1. Can the theatre be completely remodeled:
a. to make it EASY for older and/or handicapped people to access?
b. to DECREASE it's seating capacity while still using the "emptied"
space for some other, albeit separate/partitioned area, to generate
needed cash flow?

Lacking these two changes, maybe the best thing would for it to be razed, and something ELSE put in its place...what that would/could be, I guess is pretty much open for some aspiring entrepreneur with VERY DEEP pockets...

rjw1991A1 11-19-2019 03:48 PM

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Lacking these two changes, maybe the best thing would for it to be razed, and something ELSE put in its place...what that would/could be, I guess is pretty much open for some aspiring entrepreneur with VERY DEEP pockets...
But why when there are already several vacant lots in Branson?

sanddunerider 11-19-2019 05:36 PM

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Originally Posted by rjw1991A1 (Post 935808)
But why when there are already several vacant lots in Branson?

Location, Location, Location.....:rolleyes:

rjw1991A1 11-19-2019 07:01 PM

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Originally Posted by sanddunerider (Post 935810)
Location, Location, Location.....:rolleyes:

Right down the strip...America's (not so) Fun Park.
Big vacant lot next to the Americana. Vacant lot next to Ruby Tuesday. Not to mention the ill fated Dream Theater and Steampunk Bar & Grill.

Branson Friend 11-19-2019 07:26 PM

The theater has been for sale for many years, only now it is public in an attempt to expedite a sale. There are many theaters and parcels of land available at a far lower price in better locations, so unless someone is absolutely delusional or has romanticized the thought of owning a theater with the Andy Williams name attached, no one will ever come close to paying that kind of money. No one with any sense would be looking to purchase a theater in Branson as an investment.

When was the last time someone built/purchased a theater in Branson and was successful? Probably Sight and Sound, and that’s a completely different type of production. Name the last music show to come to town and build/purchase a theater that has been successful? And by successful I mean financially successful. Well, that might be an unfair question to ask because if people post certain shows it would be unfair to point out shows with decent sized crowds that are bleeding money. So maybe it’s more of a rhetorical question to illustrate the Branson theater market is dead, and if anyone does want to enter the market they will certainly do it at a greatly reduced price than what is currently offered.

Something to note, Andy Williams Theater has incredibly insufficient parking. It’s a 2057 seat theater with 550 (maybe) parking spots. At an average of two persons per car, on a sellout crowd that means about 900 people/450 cars don’t have anywhere to park. Trust me, I learned that the hard way when I was misled (putting it kindly) about the parking situation there. Our customers were parking at other venues where we reached an agreement to allow parking, and we paid for shuttle buses to take them to the theater. A big extra expense and a big headache. We were told this and many other issues such as handicap access would be improved and they never were. So we took our business elsewhere.

rjw1991A1 11-20-2019 12:37 PM

Quite honest in your assessment of the problems with that theater Branson Friend.
Probably the only reason it lasted for so many years was Andy himself.


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