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3915 S. University Avenue,
Little Rock, AR 72204

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dcbohn
dcbohn on October 26, 2014 at 8:52 am

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'.

marysgranddaughter
marysgranddaughter on October 26, 2014 at 12:35 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 23, 2014 at 5:26 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 23, 2014 at 11:54 am

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 March 6, 2013 at 7:06 pm

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

corgi
corgi on March 6, 2013 at 2:50 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 April 30, 2012 at 10:26 am

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!!

jimseabough
jimseabough on March 15, 2012 at 1:58 pm

I remember going to this theatre when I was in college in 1968. Saw SOUTH PACIFIC reissue there and I am pretty sure it was a 70MM print.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on July 19, 2011 at 9:56 pm

There are some interior images at this site.

SeeingI
SeeingI on January 11, 2011 at 10:58 am

I am from Tennessee, but was on a family vacation when we saw “Starman” here in 1984. The venue made a huge impression on me! I am glad to find reference to it here.

pfudd
pfudd on September 23, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Words cannot describe how special this theater was. Saturdays, my family would make a day trip out of coming from Hot Springs to see a film. The experience ranked up there with going to see the Razorbacks play just up the road at War Memorial. For a couple of night games I was lucky enough to see a matinee before heading up to the stadium. The cinema had two entrances on opposite sides of the lobby and there was always a race between the kids to get a seat directly under the domes center because it almost had a 3D effect.

I thought about listing all the films I saw there as way to explain how great the experience was but a list just doesn’t describe what an awesome experience truly was. After some time I finally came up with an idea that might explain how special the 150 truly was. I saw Waterworld there and it was one of the best films ever made! I wish I could have seen Heaven’s Gate or Ishtar there, that would have been awesome! Can someone explain to me how Elizabeth Berkley didn’t win an Oscar for Showgirls? Ok, that last won was a reach, but hopefully I made my point.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 18, 2010 at 7:59 pm

You saw “THE DEAD POOL” J.B. for the record.

JFBrantley
JFBrantley on June 18, 2010 at 6:58 pm

I was in Little Rock once in the 1980s and saw the last Dirty Harry movie at this theater. I loved how big the screen was. One funny note was before the feature and after the previews, you saw a warning on the screen that switching auditoriums was prohibited.
Quite funny in a single screen theater.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 2, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Very intersting looking building, too bad they close up all the good ones.

jamestv
jamestv on June 2, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Also, the former Ho-Jo (later The University Inn) was torn down in the early 2000’s to make way for a gas/convenience store/McDonald’s. The University Inn had been deteriorating during the 90’s and was probably ready for the wrecking ball. At one time, visiting teams in the old Texas League stayed here when they came to town to play the Travelers. I believe the Asher DI closed in the late 80’s due to the decline of the drive-in and expansion plans from either the Coleman dairy on one side and the shopping center on the other-neither came to be.

jamestv
jamestv on June 2, 2010 at 4:33 pm

I was one of the many who came from out-of-state (Texas and Louisiana) to see 70MM features here (Alien, The Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, Young Sherlock Holmes, Willow). In August of ‘92, came to see Unforgiven (not in 70 unfortunately) after the theatre had been remodeled. Much to my dismay, it seems that the screen had been slightly shrunk; the widesceen didn’t seem so wide! Never made it back after that.

BobNJ
BobNJ on April 18, 2010 at 10:30 pm

When did the nearby Asher Drive-In Theater close?

http://www.drive-ins.com/detail/artashe

Does anybody have memories of the Asher Drive-In Theater?

BobNJ
BobNJ on April 18, 2010 at 10:19 pm

There was a Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge, built 1956, adjacent to the Village Theater to the south.

4115 S University Ave., Little Rock, Arkansas

View link

How long did these coexist?

When was the Ho-Jo torn down to be replaced by the shopping center?

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on September 12, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Say, does anyone know what is the largest 35mm/digital screen operating in Little Rock today?

rickradio
rickradio on November 23, 2008 at 10:08 pm

I’m not sure how the D-150 theatres began, or even how the Rowley United Division of United Artists Theatre Circuit chose Little Rock as a site. In those days, though, Little Rock was a heck of a showtown, and UT virtually owned the town, theatre wise. The investment paid off, as the UA Cinema 150 was considered “THE” theatre in Arkansas to go and see a movie in. The film companies used to fight to get their pictures shown there. While the 150 in Little Rock was a great theatre, my personal favorite was the Heights Theatre in Little Rock. But both are gone now. They are now a part of Arkansas theatre history, and days gone by.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on November 22, 2008 at 10:50 pm

I’ve always been curious how this theatre got built all the way out in Arkansas. It was my impression that Vincent Raney started all the domes for Syufy back in the 60’s, it’s weird that UA would have built one in Arkansas.

But from what I can tell this is identical to all the domes that Syufy built in California. The Century theatres in San Jose, Pleasant Hill, Sacramento, Reno and Salt Lake City. Does anybody have more information about this or is it just early theatre inbreeding between the Naifys and Syufys?

dianebattle
dianebattle on October 21, 2008 at 12:26 am

I would like to thank Mr. Robinson for his very kind comments about my Dad. He and Mr. Hobbs were “Showmen” in every sense of the word. If there are movie theatres in heaven, I have a feeling Mr. Hobbs and my Dad are running them.

rickradio
rickradio on October 7, 2008 at 12:22 am

Great to see the comment by Diane Wightman Battle. Her Dad was one of the finest showmen to ever work in Arkansas. Another was Clarence L. Hobbs, who was the district manager for the UA theatres outside of Little Rock. Those theatres were in small towns (Fort Smith, Clarksville, Morrilton, Conway, Benton, Malvern, Arkadelphia and Magnolia). He called his district “The Big 8!” Wightman and Hobbs were incredible, creative, hard working and 100% for the company. They also had much respect for one another. As Diane said, Robin did a great job in Arkadelphia, and went on to Little Rock, where he was DM for Little Rock and Memphis. I worked for Clarence Hobbs on two occasions, once in Conway, and the other time in Arkadelphia. There aren’t any like them anymore. Both have since died. Clarence used to tell me: “Richard, whenever I die, if I get to heaven, I sure hope they don’t put me in charge of a damn movie theatre!”

dianewbattle
dianewbattle on June 14, 2008 at 12:42 pm

My Dad, Robin Wightman was the City Manager at the time the UA Cinema 150 was built. I remember well the time the big screen was being shipped from London to Little Rock. My Father was a wreck! He said that one small tear during the installation of this very delicate screen would halt the opening of the theater. My Father lived by the motto “The Show Must Go On”. As a very young girl, I remember the Caddo River Bridge in Arkadelphia being closed due to dangerous flooding. My Father convinced them to let him walk across the bridge to pick up the cans of film so the theater would not have to close down. He started as an usher with the old Robb & Rowley Theaters and worked his way up to District Manager of United Artists. When Glen Campbell came to Little Rock for the opending of “True Grit”, he was ill and my Father called our family Dr. for an appointment.

Moody
Moody on February 23, 2008 at 6:06 am

As people talked of the last film that played at Cinema 150, I remember the first. I believe it was Gone with the Wind. This was a re-release either in 1969, maybe 1970. The movie that followed or the one in my memory was American Graffiti. Then so many others.

My strongest memories were the Disaster films, Poseidon Adventure and Towering Inferno. I think my final count of seeing Poseidon was almost 40 times. As a young teenager, I felt people were coming to see my films. It was always a full house. The huge hallways leading to the lobby. The photos of the films in the glass case ( or was it just a wall?) as you walk up to the Auditorium. I even remember the bathrooms and people smoking in the lobby. And if it was a huge flick, as most were, the line formed around the outside dome. Barbra Streisand’s A Star is Born – the line snaked around outside every night.

Leaving Arkansas many years ago I never saw the last film there. I’m glad to read the send out it had. I did see “The Last Picture Show” that was The Height’s last film in the 80s. Unfortunately these theatres are gone. Just the memories left. Like coming out of 150 one night after a movie and seeing wet Ash on our cars, discovering it was Ash from Mount St. Helens explosion which was only a day or two earlier. Watching ALIEN and when the creature exploded from John Hurt’s stomach to a silent audience watching in shock, that is, until some guy way down in the lower section says, “My God it’s a Dick with teeth,” where then the entire house exploded with laughter. Me and my Buddies from Hall High all going to see Close Encounters of the Third Kind and having my arm touch the arm of another guy next to me which was taboo causing for a quick yank. Yet I left it there. It was my friend Donald Gordon who was dying of cancer. He died the next year.

I always dreamed maybe one of my films could play there. I guess I’ll have to keep enjoying just the dream.