Williams Theater

360 Keller Street,
Ashdown, AR 71822

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Williams Theater

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Opened in around 1950, the Williams Theater was part of the K. Lee Williams Theater circuit in the early-1960’s. This chain was based in De Queen, AR.

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cubey
cubey on August 6, 2008 at 1:31 pm

The address is 360 Keller Street. Check out the Google Maps view of it. That long white building where the “A” is pointing in front of is it.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 13, 2008 at 5:16 pm

The only theater listed for Ashdown, AR in 1950 is the Dixie Theater. Is Dixie a previous name or a different theater?

cubey
cubey on December 13, 2008 at 5:22 pm

What is the address of the Dixie and what is your source of the listing of that theater? There easily could have been another theater or it may have been the original name of this one. It may have just changed owners shortly after opening.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 13, 2008 at 5:33 pm

No address is given for the Dixie Theater. It is listed in the 1950 Film Daily Yearbook with 344 seats.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 13, 2008 at 5:37 pm

In 1951 the Dixie is still listed with 344 seats and the Williams Theater is listed with no seating given. It probably had just opened or was about to open.

cubey
cubey on December 13, 2008 at 6:57 pm

Ah ha, and here’s the answer:

“On the east side of the newspaper office was The Dixie Theater. Built in 1915, it was a silent movie theater. In 1947, a theater was built on Keller Street. The K. Lee Williams Theater was a “talkie,” unlike the Dixie Theater on Commerce which was a silent movie theater. It was unique in design also. It was a very tall structure with art deco styling on the front part of the structure and a Quonset hut on the rear. ”

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 13, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Great detective work. You can add the Dixie Theater to Cinema Treasures if you like.

cubey
cubey on December 13, 2008 at 7:02 pm

Detective work? Hardly. ;) I went to Google and did this search:
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 13, 2008 at 7:05 pm

Okay, I’m taking back my compliment. Just kidding.

cubey
cubey on December 13, 2008 at 7:16 pm

Ah ha!! Do the above search but put “Theatre” instead of “Theater” and you will find some interesting things. One site shows a scan of an old November 12, 1938 newspaper and it states:

“Burton Walker, Dixie Theatre, Ashdown, did some remodeling of his theatre this week, moved the screen back eight feet and installed three rows of seats.”

BTW I just submitted the theater here at CT but once they add it, I’ll have to submit the proper name “theatre”.

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