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Chinese company purchases first theater in US

 The White House Theatre [China.org.cn]

Chinese cultural company Heaven Creation International Performing Arts Co., Ltd, bought the American White House Theater on a 354 million dollars deal on December 14, 2009. The property rights delivery ceremony was held in Branson, Missouri, where the theater is located. It is the first time a Chinese company has bought an American theater.



The purchase marks a significant change in the way Chinese performance products will enter foreign countries. With this theater, Chinese performances will be staged perpetually in the US, offering a direct consumption platform for Chinese art in the international arena.

The While House Theater is the third largest performance center in the US. It has more than 1200 seats and occupies an area of more than 40,000 square meters. Since the early 20th century, it has become known as a resort with country music performances. Branson is home to more than 50 theaters, with about 100 plays performed on stage every year.

Cao Xiaoning, general manager of Heaven Creation International Performing Arts Co., Ltd, signed the delivery document with a White House Theater representative. Minister-counselor of the Chinese Embassy in the United States Li Dongwen and Branson mayor Raeanne Presley were present at the ceremony.

The White House Theater will first feature The Legend of Kungfu, a dazzling spectacle that combines unbelievable feats of kung fu artistry with dance and acrobatics. The story revolves around a young man's journey to reach enlightenment by overcoming obstacles in his life.

The Legend of Kung Fu made its debut in Beijing in 2004. It has been running for more than four years and has staged about 3,000 performances for about two million people.

 The ribbon-cutting ceremony. [China.org.cn]



The representatives signed the delivery documents. [China.org.cn]

Portraits of US presidents hang on a wall inside the theater. [China.org.cn]

Inside the White House Theater [China.org.cn]

Source: China.org.cn