Center Theater

407 Main Street,
Little Rock, AR 72201

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A 1910 Drawing of the Proposed Royal Theatre, Little Rock

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The Royal Theater was opened in 1910. It was remodeled in 1917 to the plans of local architect T.M. Sanders, and again in 1949 to the plans of architects Ginocchio & Cromwell, when it reopened as the Center Theater.

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jaxsunst
jaxsunst on April 29, 2009 at 12:18 pm

How did it get demolished if it is on the national register of historic places?

alancwray1
alancwray1 on May 12, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Being on the register doesn’t prevent the owner from doing whatever they want as long as no federal money is involved.

larry
larry on May 12, 2009 at 4:19 pm

how silly is that?

jamestv
jamestv on June 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm

The last time I passed by the Center in May 2009, the theater was still there. The buildings immediately across the street had just been demolished and might have been confused for the Center. During my formative years in the 60’s, I saw a number of Elvis and Disney movies there; they also played the Bond films there.

Zycrow
Zycrow on August 3, 2011 at 9:31 am

I am fairly certain it is completely gone now.

dcbohn
dcbohn on May 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm

So sad. Saw lots of good movies, there. The first one I remember is ‘Zulu’, with Stanley Baker, and Michael Caine, in 1964, when I was 9. Also saw ‘Patton’, there, in ‘70, 'Big Jake’, in ‘71, and 'The Exorcist’ in ‘73, and many, many others.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 20, 2012 at 5:35 am

The Royal Theatre dates from around 1910. The June 21, 1917, issue of Engineering News-Record said that the Royal Theatre was to be rebuilt at a cost of about $150,000. Plans for the rebuilding were being prepared by local architect T.M. Sanders.

DaddyMac
DaddyMac on January 22, 2014 at 8:49 pm

I saw Fantastic Voyage in 1966 at this one. Small, but it had a balcony. I’d heard channel 7 purchased it in the 70’s.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on May 24, 2014 at 9:59 pm

This theatre has been demolished. The site is now a parking lot.

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