Main Theater

106 Main Street,
Little Rock, AR 72201

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Main Theater

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Originally opened prior to 1941 as the Rex Theater, it had a seating capacity for 300. It was independently operated.

The Rex Theater was still operating in 1950, with a seating capacity given as 500. Around 1955 it was renamed Main Theater.

This house was adjacent to the New Theater in Little Rock. Both theaters have been razed as part of redevelopment of the area.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 12, 2009 at 5:08 pm

The Rex Theatre operated in two different locations, making the move in 1946. The August 3, 1946, issue of Boxoffice said that Claude Mundo had closed his Rex Theatre at 213 Main Street before his new building at 106 Main Street was ready to be occupied. Mundo had expected the new theater to be completed by July 1, but materials shortages had caused construction delays.

The building at 213 main Street was owned by the Parkin Printing company, which was expanding its operations into the former theater space. The estimated new opening date for the Rex Theatre at 106 Main Street was about the middle of September.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 12, 2009 at 9:02 pm

I wonder if the order of names is backward for this theater? I’ve found the Rex mentioned in various issues of Boxoffice as far back as 1939, when it was bought by Claude Mundo. Mundo sold the Rex three years after moving it a block down Main Street. Then the first mention in Boxoffice of a Main Theatre in Little Rock appears in 1952. The Main is mentioned four times from 1952 to 1954, then vanishes. No address is given for it.

It’s also possible that both Rex Theatres were called the Main, the one at 213 Main before becoming the Rex and the one at 106 Main after being called the Rex.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm

At for right in the photo of the New Theatre on its page, part of a marquee can be seen with the letter “M” and part of the letter “A” on it. That must be the Main Theatre at 106 Main Street.

That means there’s something wrong with the information from the Arkansas Historical Society magazine that Chuck cited in his previous comment. The theater at 106 Main was clearly the Main Theatre at some point, either before or after being the Rex.

I have no clue if the Rex at 213 Main (not yet listed at Cinema Treasures) was ever called the Main or not. Is it possible that it was the replacement for this theater, and when it opened this one was renamed the Main, rather than the other way around?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 14, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Well, I posted Joe’s pic in the photo section, for what it’s worth.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Just for the record, Chuck1231 originally uploaded the photo of the New Theatre, not me.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 22, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Some of the cars in the photo of the New and Main Theatres are from the early 1950s. I think this page should be renamed Main Theatre, with Rex as an aka. The Boxoffice item I cited earlier indicates that the Rex Theatre moved into the building at 106 Main Street in 1946, so it had to have become the Main Theatre later, in the 1950s.

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