The White House Theater in Branson, Missouri officially has new owners. On Monday afternoon, more than 50 people joined with the China Heaven Creation International Performing Arts Co. Ltd for a formal ribbon cutting in the 57,000 square foot, 1,200 seat theater.
This is the first ever successful purchase of an American Theater by a Chinese company. The theater will focus on Chinese productions. Its first show, “Chun Yi: The Legend of Kung Fu,” will begin its first season in Branson in May of 2010. The production will feature acrobatics, modern dance and original music telling the story of a young boy pursuing spiritual and physical harmony.
CHC productions plans to incorporate more shows as they integrate their performances into the Branson show scene.
The theater will keep its White House Theater name and will retain its collection of photographs of presidents, located in the lobby.
The purchase of the theater cost the Chinese-based company 3.54 million dollars.