W. Main Street and S. Front Avenue,
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Opened in 1947 by John and Marthann Staples, who had also operated Piggott’s Franklin Theatre (until it was closed in 1949), the Carolyn Theatre was named for the Staples' daughter in a contest.
Besides movies, the Carolyn Theatre often hosted live entertainment (Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins were among those to perform at the theatre) as well as special events such as graduation ceremonies and church services.
The most notable event to take place at the Carolyn Theatre was the world premiere of the 1957 film, “A Face in the Crowd”, which was filmed in the Piggott area.
The Carolyn Theatre closed in October 1987, still run by the Staples family.
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