Plaza Theatre

near SE 12th and Main,
Bentonville, AR

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The Meteor Theatre was designed and constructed by Mr. Harry Kelley at a cost of about $30,000. Mr. Kelley believed theatre goers loved good music, so one of his heaviest expenses was the Barton Silver-Toned pipe organ, which was erected at a cost of $6,000 and it was built especially for the Meteor Theatre and was the same make as the one in the Palace Theatre in Fayetteville, AR.

The grand opening of the Meteor Theatre was 1 August 1927 with over 12,000 people attending. “Venus of Venice”, a strong First National picture at the time, was shown at the grand opening.

D. M. Greer, president of the Rotary Club made the welcoming address and Miss Gladys Cosnel of Fayetteville played several selections on the pipe organ.

The Meteor introduced “talkies” 20 December 1929.

It was renamed Plaza Theatre by 1940.

The pipe organ has been refurbished and is now at the Presbyterian church in Bentonville.

Contributed by nilraps

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 5, 2008 at 10:09 am

A photo of the Meteor Theater building can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 18, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Here is a 1985 photo of a Plaza Theater in Bentonville, AR. The building in that photo looks the same as the building in the Meteor Theater photo linked to above.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 18, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Here is an item from the Fayetteville Democrat in August 1932:

Bentonville, Aug.9-A.M. Lightner, Guy D. Lightner and Mary T. Grant have become the owners of the Meteor Theater in a deal with Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Williams, of Tonkawa, Okla., who purchased the property about a month ago. The theater was valued at $20,000, and a 40-acre farm owned by the Lightners near the New Hope rural school was part of the consideration. Mr. Williams, who has been manager of the theater, will continue in charge of it for the present. The theater was built a few years ago by Harry Kelly and is one of the finest in this section.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 18, 2009 at 3:44 pm

You only research theaters on the main page. LOL

This should be listed as the Plaza Theater.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 18, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Here is an item from the Northwest Arkansas Times dated 4/26/52. Looks like it was already the Plaza by 1952.

Jack “Pud” Fields has sold the Plaza Grill, located in the Plaza Theater building, to Dan Pickens, a Korean war veteran who served with the 936th Field Artillery Battalion of the Arkansas National Guard.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 18, 2009 at 3:51 pm

It has been the Plaza since at least 1940. Probably even earlier than that.

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