Sharum Theater

222 W. Main Street,
Walnut Ridge, AR 72476

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Sharum Theater

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The Sharum was owned and operated by J.J. Sharum in the early 1930’s.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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KenRoe
KenRoe on January 10, 2007 at 11:01 pm

Listed in the 1941 & 1943 editions of Film Daily Yearbook as the Sharon Theater, with a seating capacity of 300.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 20, 2007 at 8:21 am

The address that I found is 222 W Main Street.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 20, 2007 at 11:27 am

Thanks for digging up the address. This photo of the Sharum, such as it is, was recently sold on eBay. Depending on the date the photo was taken, I’m wondering if the building is actually still standing, asopposed to demolished:
http://tinyurl.com/2vpr5j

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 20, 2007 at 12:28 pm

If the photo that you posted was taken in 2007, the building might still be standing today. The status could be changed to closed for now.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 20, 2007 at 2:48 pm

Unfortunately the photo wasn’t dated, but it seems contemporary. I agree that the the status is most likely closed instead of closed/demolished.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 20, 2007 at 4:17 pm

This is the full link to the Ebay photo. In the description it reads, “TAKEN AT MIDNIGHT IN 2007”. No month is given, but I would still change the status to closed.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 20, 2007 at 7:28 pm

There is a book titled “Mother of Counties: Lawrence County, Arkansas History & Families” published in 2001. It mentions J. Sharum and the Sharum Theater. This is what I could piece together from portions of the book that I could find online.

There were two Sharum Theaters. The first was located on Front Street. That theater had a fire in 1934. The Sharum Theater on W. Main Street was originally the Swan Theater built around 1924.

Judging by the description above, the theater listed here was probably the first Sharum Theater, but now its the second Sharum Theater on W. Main Street.

If you could find a copy of the book in a library, you might find enough information to add the Sharum Theater on Front Street.

AllieK
AllieK on January 1, 2010 at 8:04 am

The name of the theater is indeed the Sharum Theater. It has been closed since I would guess the late 70’s. However, the owner of the theater bought it in the 80s and hired some people to do renovation work, but the people didn’t complete it and stole some stuff from it.

However there’s a “Downtown Walnut Ridge” organization that is trying to revitalize the downtown area, and it seems the theater will be one of their projects. I can only hope, at least. Here are two bits of info:

Article (from 2008):
View link

Minutes from the organization, stating that cleanup has begun on the theater:
View link

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on January 1, 2010 at 9:02 am

Looking at the modern Street View from the map link, the entire facade from about 10 feet on up looks totally different than the 1984 picture. At some point the marquee has to be replaced to make it look like a theater once again.

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