Historic Owen Theatre

Established in 1936 as Hillbilly Theatre

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Jim Owen was a well-known celebrity back in the day, famous for his luxury White River Float Trips designed for corporate executives and Hollywood stars (Gene Autry and Joe MiMaggio were among his guests). To better woo bigwigs, in 1936 he opened what is now the Historic Owen Theatre, naming it Hillbilly Theatre to feature Ozark hillbilly characters he created for his sketches. It’s said that his hillbilly characters and stories were so good, Paul Henning used them for its hit television series, The Beverly Hillbillies.

Today, the Historic Owen Theatre offers two tribute shows, the Neil Diamond Tribute with stories and song and Carpenters Once More featuring the dynamic duo singing hits like “Yesterday Once More.” Note, however, that 2017 is the last year for this lineup, though any new owners will hopefully honor the theater’s long history.

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At A Glance

205 S. Commercial Street
$34 adults for most shows, children 17 and younger free

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