Great Passion Play closed, up for sale

Great Passion Play closed, up for sale

There are 23 comments on the NWAonline story from Dec 4, 2012, titled Great Passion Play closed, up for sale. In it, NWAonline reports that:

Special to the New York Times/STEPHEN B. THORNTON The 7 story tall Christ of the Ozarks towers above Eureka Springs on the grounds of The Great Passion Play complex.

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wondering about

Paragould, AR

#1 Dec 4, 2012
No wonder we weren't able to get down to the statue when we were there.
We also tried to go up to Thorncrown Chapel and the gates were closed there,also.I thought it NEVER closes.
guest

Ridgedale, MO

#2 Dec 5, 2012
Pretty sad the Passion Play is no more. I was able to see it twice, including this year. Glad I went.

Not sure what's going on at Eureka Springs. Several businesses, including a few hotels, are closed and up for sale.

The economy has probably hurt tourism.
wondering about

Paragould, AR

#3 Dec 5, 2012
I didn't notice any closed businesses when we stayed downtown,all of the stores but just a couple on the south end of the street were open with businesses.The economy there ought to be a little better since WE were there,5 days will make a dent in a bank account,LOL!
guest

Ridgedale, MO

#4 Dec 5, 2012
LOL. Well yeah, when I go to Eureka I help the economy too.

I was speaking about a couple hotels on Hwy 62, along with a couple eating places.

I just hope the economy picks up. I like Eureka Springs. My favorite place to eat there is Ermilios. If you like Italian food, you should try it.
ESLocal

Eureka Springs, AR

#5 Dec 6, 2012
Tourism is up by over 10% this year, which was up over the year before.
guest

Ridgedale, MO

#6 Dec 7, 2012
Then what's with the closed hotels and businesses along Hwy 62? And why did the Passion Play close after so many years?
Business Owner

Eureka Springs, AR

#7 Dec 8, 2012
You can thank our wonderful president and our own city's council for steadily rising taxes. We just can't keep the doors open. The closing of the passion play will take out a big chunk of income and hear of a homeless shelter being built in accosiation with the Echo clinic here in Eureka. It's a great cause and I know it means well, but I can only imagine the crime rate rising..
wondering about

Paragould, AR

#8 Dec 8, 2012
guest wrote:
LOL. Well yeah, when I go to Eureka I help the economy too.
I was speaking about a couple hotels on Hwy 62, along with a couple eating places.
I just hope the economy picks up. I like Eureka Springs. My favorite place to eat there is Ermilios. If you like Italian food, you should try it.
We have tried Ermilios before,didn't get up there last trip,ate at Divito's.(nearly froze to death and our food got cold in a hurry because: they seated us in front of one of the street windows where everyone who walked past gawked in at your food and you trying to eat it.) Will go up there when we return next weekend for John Two Hawks concert.
My favorite place (tho not in town proper) is: Gaskin'
wondering about

Paragould, AR

#9 Dec 8, 2012
Business Owner wrote:
You can thank our wonderful president and our own city's council for steadily rising taxes. We just can't keep the doors open. The closing of the passion play will take out a big chunk of income and hear of a homeless shelter being built in accosiation with the Echo clinic here in Eureka. It's a great cause and I know it means well, but I can only imagine the crime rate rising..
A homeless shelter,in Eureka Springs? where are all of these homeless and street folks staying now?
Chance Eppinette

Eureka Springs, AR

#10 Dec 15, 2012
Victorian Inn will probably not be turned into a homeless shelter. It would take several million to bring that building up to city code. It used to not be INside the city, but now it is. Article was in Lovely County News a few weeks back.
Christian

Dallas, TX

#11 Mar 17, 2013
Christians no longer come there or let their children and churches come there for obvious reasons, which is why hotels are closing and the play closed.
justsayin

Trumann, AR

#12 Mar 19, 2013
we went there twice late last year,over Thanksgiving weekend and back for a weekend to hear a concert by John Two Hawks,and,we're both Christians.I love the town,and,I love everybody there regardless of their sexual choices,because that is what I'm supposed to do if I am a true Christian.I don't have to agree with their lifestyle choices,but,I wasn't any different in God's eyes myself when I was making my own choices.the town is beautiful,we love it there and we'll be back,too.
ESLocal

Eureka Springs, AR

#13 Mar 25, 2013
The Great Passion Play opens for the season on May 3rd. You can buy tickets at: http://www.greatpassionplay.org/

@Christian, thankfully not everyone is ignorant and hateful as you. Grammy winning Christian artist Jason Crabb performed here in concert on Friday night to a packed house at The Auditorium!

The few vacant buildings are mostly due to poor business management. Like not feeling the need to pay taxes. Nothing to do with gay people being here! Many new businesses have opened here in the last year and are doing well.
curious

Jonesboro, AR

#14 Apr 2, 2013
I was told that the Gay and Lesbian communities in that area complained so much about all the traffic from buses and other vehicles that they finally got it shut down. Is there any truth to this?
ESLocal

Eureka Springs, AR

#15 Apr 5, 2013
@Curious,

No, it was straight business owners who got the busses banned, and only from one street. The Passion Play was hurt more by the AFA's anti-Eureka Springs campaign than by anyone, so blame the Chridyians who abandoned the Zpassion Play if anyone.
ESLocal

Eureka Springs, AR

#16 Apr 5, 2013
Should be Christians... Dang auto-correct...
justsayin

Trumann, AR

#17 Apr 5, 2013
It was losing money,plain and simple.I've never heard a thing on AFA about Eureka Springs,Arkansas.If something's making money,that's the bottom line,they don't care who doesn't like the town.Stop bashing Christians every time you turn around up there,we like it there and we don't talk about who lives in your town or their lifestyles.
ESLocal

Eureka Springs, AR

#18 Apr 10, 2013
Justsayin,

The AFA produced a video telling people to boycott Eurrka Springs. It was titled They Are Coming To Your Town. Seems pretty clear thst if anyone is to blame for the Passion Play struggling over the past few years it is the AFA.

An AFA news release about the DVD says:

“For 40 years Eureka Springs has been known as a resort town for Christians. Their Passion Play has been attended by hundreds of thousands of Christians. But the activists are now in the process of turning Eureka Springs into a haven for homosexuals.‘They're Coming To Your Town' shows how, using deceitfulness and lies, homosexuals maneuvered themselves into positions of power and then used those positions to promote their agenda.‘They're Coming To Your Town' is an eye-opener to those who are not familiar with how homosexuals use the system to attain their goals. It is a 28-minute DVD, making it perfect for viewing during Sunday School.” The DVD sells for $14.95. The AFA prefers to call the charge a “donation.”
charter1

Wichita, KS

#19 Jul 14, 2014
we have 4 charter busses and we were going to bring them to Eureka
Springs until we found out how much the gays have taken over the town and our customers decided they wanted to go to Branson instead. the day we selected to go to Eureka Spring was a gay parade day and they didnt want any part of that, then we selected a different day and that was on a gay parade day also, then checkingtheir calendar, most of their weekends had
something going on that had to do with the gays, so we wont be back
there, plus we heard so many places were closing their stores, and the passion play closing, no doubt on that. We will try Branson this year
and if it is the same we wont run the charter busses into Arkansas or Mo. any more. Maybe the city council will wake up when their stores all close and the real estate prices go down to nothing. was once a great town to enjoy.
ESLocal

Eureka Springs, AR

#20 Sep 5, 2014
@Charter1, The Passion Play is NOT closing, and had one of its best seasons ever. Tourism is up! Another record year of tax collections. There are only TWO Diversity Weekends each year, not every weekend. Doesn't the Bible say thou shall not bear false witness?

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