Tillis Will Shutter Branson Theater

The Associated Press reports that Mel Tillis has sold his theater in Branson, Mo. The country star announced the sale of his 2,600-seat venue and 13 acres of land on Wednesday (July 10). He will perform 135 more shows there, through New Year’s Eve, then he plans to write songs, record with his band, the Statesiders, and make a Christmas album with his family. Tillis has been a mainstay of the Branson scene since 1990. He built the theater he sold this week in 1994. The new owner will lease the theater to the Tri-Lakes Assembly of God, to be used as a church. Sale price was not disclosed. Tillis will split time between homes in Branson, Tennessee and Florida. 07/11/02