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Old 12-15-2018, 11:33 PM   #1
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Old outdoor theater

Hi everyone. Does anyone know anything about the old concrete platform that is now on the property of the promised land zoo? It is a platform that looks like it used to be for an outdoor theater. What was that used for? It was always a large plot of land that appeared to almost have been forgotten about. Now it appears to be part of the zoo property as well as the land going all the way south to the red roof outlet mall.
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Old 12-16-2018, 05:39 AM   #2
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It was an outdoor theater the showed the Passion Play back in the 80's.
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Old 12-16-2018, 07:15 AM   #3
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I was just by there Thursday, and happened to look over at it.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Sh...!4d-93.2636344

In the aerial, it is not behind The Promised Land Zoo. Let me go see if they own it.

Yes they do:

SANDERS FAMILY ENTERPRISES LLC
29514 FARM RD 1190
EAGLE ROCK MO 65641

And they do own all the way back to Ball Parks of America.
^^ thats right.
As I remember they bought almost 80 acres of property,
behind their current location,
south to Ball Parks
and west all the way to Little Pete's road
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Old 12-16-2018, 07:50 AM   #4
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It was also used for outdoor concerts at one point.

In this old thread about Promise Land Zoo buying the property,

http://www.1branson.com/forum/showth...t=amphitheater

someone posted about an Alabama concert there in the 80s.

Within the thread there is also a link to a free Branson Tri-Lakes article that discusses the Promise Land Zoo's plans for developing the property.
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Old 12-16-2018, 08:42 AM   #5
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It used to be The Ozark Mountain Ampitheater. I remember seeing The Kentucky Headhunters and Alabama there in mid-late 80's. It wasn't a long term venue, probably less than 10 yrs. It was a pretty cool setup back in the day.
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Old 12-17-2018, 04:31 AM   #6
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It was an outdoor theater the showed the Passion Play back in the 80's.
Oh it showed more than that, my Dad's boss saw a rock back in the 80's there.

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Old 12-17-2018, 08:15 AM   #7
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According to the Branson Tourism Center's archives:

"1986 - Ozark Mountain Amphitheater opens, with seating capacity of 8,500 and featuring guest artists."
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Old 12-17-2018, 08:38 AM   #8
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According to the Branson Tourism Center's archives:

"1986 - Ozark Mountain Amphitheater opens, with seating capacity of 8,500 and featuring guest artists."
8500 people? thats lots of seats.. doesnt look that "big".

That would be twice the seating are the Echo Hollow has at SDC..
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Old 12-17-2018, 01:12 PM   #9
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It was an outdoor theater the showed the Passion Play back in the 80's.
It wasn't the big outdoor-theater site behind Promised Land Zoo, though. It was located north of the Presely's Theater in the approximate area where the log-cabin condos are now located. It was a smaller venue and performed as a passion-play about the life of John the Baptist. It did include a scene of the crucifiction of Jesus as well. This production ran a short time (1984 / 85 as I temember) before low attendance brought it to an untimely end. When I saw it, (Labor Day 1985) the owner was there, personally greating each guest when they came through the gate! It wasn't near the size of The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs, but a neat little production none the less.
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8500 people? thats lots of seats.. doesnt look that "big".

That would be twice the seating are the Echo Hollow has at SDC..
I saw a couple of shows there back in the early 90s. One was Reba McEntire and the other was Lori Morgan. The seating was just long rows of benches. Very uncomfortable. I can see how they managed to seat 8500 because we were all crammed in like sardines. I remember it being a very busy venue right up until The year The Grand Palace opened. I think the ampitheater shut down as soon as the Palace opened up.
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Old 12-22-2018, 03:18 PM   #11
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Great answers everyone. That answered my question and more. Great info.
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