UA Cinema 150

3915 S. University Avenue,
Little Rock, AR 72204

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UA Cinema 150 lobby 1970

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The UA Cinema 150 opened with an enormous dome roof and a 120 degree curved screen. In addition to standard 35mm, the theatre also showed 70mm and D-150 formats. When this happened, a large BLUE curvulon is used.

After years of service, the UA Cinema 150 closed in May 2003. This was the last operating Dimension 150 theatre in the country and represents another loss to that era of widescreen cinema.

The theatre reopened as a concert venue known as the Village in 2006. It was demolished in January 2015.

Contributed by Richard Peterson, Cinema Treasures

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dcbohn
dcbohn on April 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I worked at the old UA Four, near the Southwest Mall, for about a year, in ‘72/'73, and any UA employee was allowed to see free movies at any other UA theater in Little Rock. My first wife was an employee at The Cinema 150 (That’s what we all knew it as), and we saw quite a few movies there. But… Well before that, I saw 'Ben-Hur’ at The Cinema, in 1969, for it’s 10th anniversary re-release. The chariot race, on that huge, curved screen, was absolutely AWESOME!!

corgi
corgi on March 6, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Saw Patton, True Grit, Tora! Tora! Tora! and other greats at this theatre in the 60’s and 70’s. I think they even had a world premier there not too long after opening. I lived just down Asher Avenue and could walk there although it was a dicey proposition at that intersection even in those days. :–)

dcbohn
dcbohn on March 7, 2013 at 12:06 am

See my list on the IMDb, at http://www.imdb.com/list/dyuCm5hS9x0/

marysgranddaughter
marysgranddaughter on October 23, 2014 at 4:54 pm

My Dad, Albert Campbell, was the projectionist at the UA Cinema 150 in 1970 when the local newspaper interviewed him and published the article. I have posted the pictures that were taken of the theatre for this interview. I was a senior in high school just after the article published and was very proud when a teacher inquired if that was my Dad. He began as an projectionist apprentice in the 1940’s and retired due to vision problems from diabetes in 1977….

dcbohn
dcbohn on October 23, 2014 at 10:26 pm

marysgranddaughter: I knew your dad pretty well. He was the head projectionist at the old UA Four theater, back in ‘72, when I worked there. He was pretty cool, and used to let us visit the projection booth any time we wanted.

marysgranddaughter
marysgranddaughter on October 26, 2014 at 4:35 am

dcbohn: That is so cool…My Dad lived and breathed theatres. He was given a little red projector as a child, which I still have, although it’s not totally intact now. I am so glad to hear from you. Do you still live in LR?

dcbohn
dcbohn on October 26, 2014 at 12:52 pm

marysgranddaughter: No, my job transferred me to Ohio, back in ‘91. I hardly ever go to the movies any more. It’s just not nearly as much fun as in 'the good ol’ days'.

bjhoward
bjhoward on December 31, 2014 at 3:18 am

The Pryor Center’s Facebook page has some great footage of the theater on the night True Grit premiered. Follow the link here: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152074550210104&set=vb.155719501106065&type=3&theater

paulnelson
paulnelson on December 31, 2014 at 5:00 am

This is great they saved this wonderful building. There was once a similar theatre in Seattle for years with the same screen and systems and they made it a weedfilled lot and now it is another huge generic highrise in a city rapidly loosing it soul and history. The screen in this 150 degree system is almost as awesome as Cinerama or Imax. The Cinerama theatre still exists in Seattle and has been updated and improved many times and just recently again. One of the most technically advanced theatres in the world. Was built around 1962 or 1963.

bjhoward
bjhoward on January 9, 2015 at 10:07 pm

Bad news: http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2015/01/09/village-shopping-center-changes-hands-former-cinema-150-coming-down

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