Cameo Theatre

111 North Jackson Street,
Magnolia, AR 71753

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Cameo© Theatre

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Originally a single screen movie house in my childhood home of Magnolia, Arkansas. My best guess is that it was built sometime in the 1940’s. My first experience in this, the only movie theatre in town, was in the early-1960’s when I enjoyed everything from Frankie and Annette to “Doctor Zhivago”. I know for sure that there was a sound-proof “cry room” where parents could tend to their children and still enjoy the movie through a large picture window.

In 2006 I took my wife back to Magnolia and discovered that the Cameo Theatre is now a triplex. It had been refurbished and from what I gathered the main room had been split into two separate auditoriums and the balcony was enclosed and set up with it’s own screen.

The Cameo Trio Theatre was closed by Stars Theaters in late-2012. It was reopened in late-2013, using one screen only. It had closed again by summer of 2016.

Contributed by Tracy Pearce

Recent comments (view all 19 comments)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 27, 2010 at 2:19 pm

thanks Bob.It was great being in the theatre business.

timmeratx
timmeratx on April 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm

I saw many a movie at this theater growing up. My last visit was in 1991. That night the a/c was out and they were showing Hudson Hawk. I was miserable.

BugsBleat
BugsBleat on May 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Bob,great update on the Cameo. Mr. Florence was one of my first employers. I worked distributing the monthly movie calendar when I was in elementary school. Mr. Florence would load a bunch of us up in that old stake side truck and we’d blanket a town with those calendars. We delivered them to all the small surrounding towns. He paid us in show passes.

rivest266
rivest266 on December 8, 2012 at 2:22 pm

CLOSED: http://www.magnoliareporter.com/news_and_business/local_business/article_b7540f4e-e401-11e1-aa7c-0019bb2963f4.html

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 13, 2014 at 6:22 pm

It appears from checking online showtimes listings that this theatre has reopened albeit with only one screen.

smrisher
smrisher on February 28, 2014 at 8:28 am

Hi. I am in the process of buying the Cameo for an antique store. I would love for any of you to contact me with your stories or information.

Dianatanton32
Dianatanton32 on June 15, 2015 at 8:30 pm

Is it still open and running

pnelson
pnelson on June 15, 2015 at 8:48 pm

Very good pics of smaller town theatres. The blade sign and romantic looking marquee are fun. Red tile entrance is also very older period.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on June 30, 2016 at 9:37 pm

Status should be closed. Website link broken, no activity on the web.

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