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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Another theater photo that I found is the Center Theater in Little Rock, Arkansas. Click the link below for the photo.

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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Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

alancwray1 on May 12, 2009 at 7:23 pm

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

larry on May 12, 2009 at 9:19 pm

how silly is that?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 20, 2009 at 1:17 am

It is kind of silly isn’t it.

Another 1985 photo is here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 28, 2009 at 6:20 pm

A Reuter organ was installed in a Royal Theater in Little Rock in 1920. Maybe it was this theater.

jamestv on June 2, 2010 at 9:13 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 on August 3, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I am fairly certain it is completely gone now.

dcbohn on May 10, 2012 at 9:15 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 10:35 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 on January 23, 2014 at 1:49 am

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.

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