UA Cinema 150

3915 S. University Avenue,
Little Rock, AR 72204

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bjhoward on January 9, 2015 at 2:07 pm

Bad news:

paulnelson on December 30, 2014 at 9:00 pm

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 on December 30, 2014 at 7:18 pm

The Pryor Center’s Facebook page has some great footage of the theater on the night True Grit premiered. Follow the link here:

dcbohn on October 26, 2014 at 5:52 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 on October 25, 2014 at 9:35 pm

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 on October 23, 2014 at 2:26 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 on October 23, 2014 at 8:54 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 on March 6, 2013 at 4:06 pm

See my list on the IMDb, at

corgi on March 6, 2013 at 11:50 am

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 on April 30, 2012 at 7:26 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 on March 15, 2012 at 10:58 am

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 6:56 pm

There are some interior images at this site.

SeeingI on January 11, 2011 at 7:58 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 on September 23, 2010 at 10:18 am

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 4:59 pm

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

JFBrantley on June 18, 2010 at 3:58 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 on June 2, 2010 at 3:23 pm

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

jamestv on June 2, 2010 at 1:43 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 on June 2, 2010 at 1:33 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 on April 18, 2010 at 7:30 pm

When did the nearby Asher Drive-In Theater close?

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

BobNJ on April 18, 2010 at 7:19 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 on September 12, 2009 at 4:47 pm

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

rickradio on November 23, 2008 at 7:08 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 7:50 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 on October 20, 2008 at 9:26 pm

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.