Lura Theatre

Second Street,
Augusta, AR 72006

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 17, 2008 at 5:40 pm

The 1935 Film Daily lists a 250 seat Laura Theater for Augusta, AR. Could that be a previous name for the Lura Theater?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 17, 2008 at 7:32 pm

In 1935, the Laura is the only theater listed for Augusta. I wonder if the name was later changed to Lura or was it a typo in the 1935 Film Daily. In 1955 it is listed as the Lura with 380 seats.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 20, 2008 at 10:17 am

Either the 1935 Film Daily has a spelling error or this theater briefly changed it’s name. In 1930, the only theater listed for Augusta, AR is the 250 seat “Lura” Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 5, 2009 at 7:49 pm

It probably is a typo in the Film Daily. I’ve noticed a few theaters that the Film Daily gives the wrong spelling for.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 3, 2010 at 2:09 am

Boxoffice of August 1, 1977, had an item about Marjorie Malin, then operator of the Lura Theatre. It mentioned that her father, W. E. Malin, had opened the theater in 1916.

The Lura Theatre is mentioned in many issues of Boxoffice, and was long operated by Marjorie Malin’s mother, Lura Malin. She is first mentioned as operator of the theater in 1950. Prior to that, W. E. Milin was the operator, so he might have died about that time, though I can’t find a death notice for him in Boxoffice. A brief notice of Lura Malin’s death was published in Boxoffice of February 26, 1968.

A single line in Boxoffice of October, 1982, read: “The Lura Theatre, Augusta, recently closed.” I’ve found nolater mentions of it.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 3, 2010 at 2:33 am

I finally found an item about W. E. Malin’s death, in Boxoffice of March 11, 1950. He was killed in an automobile accident on March 8 that year.

KK5SC on September 6, 2013 at 7:44 pm

The Lura was operated by W.E. Malin’s children – Marjorie and Billy Malin, both of which has passed on. Billy was my uncle by marriage and I have a number of fond memories as a child at the theater – and watching and learning how it was operated. I remember in the early 70’s a fire caused the theater to be closed shortly for cleanup and remodeling. If you have other specific questions, I can contact fellow family members to fill in any blanks.

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