Park Theatre

406 Arkansas Highway,
North Little Rock, AR 72116

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The Park Theatre opened for the Malco chain around 1942, with a seating capacity for 650, all on a single sloping floor. The address given in the 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook is ‘406 Ark.-Mo Highway, Park Till, North Little Rock’. It could be a misspelling of Park Hill, and the road today could have been re-named John F. Kennedy Boulevard.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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AndyT
AndyT on July 12, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Ken, as usual your guesses are spot on: Park Hill Theatre in the “Historic Park Hill” neighborhood and JFK Blvd. It’s hard to tell by what is there today whether it was razed or renovated into a separate piece of a small strip mall. Whatever happened was done in the early 2000s.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 12, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Boxoffice Magazine of January 25, 1941, said that Malco had announced a tentative opening date of March 1 for their new Park Hill Theatre. It was Malco’s third house in North Little Rock.

This web page has a photo of the nondescript strip mall which had replaced the historic theater by 2004.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 11, 2009 at 2:53 pm

I wonder if their were two theaters with similar names or is the Film Daily listing this theater incorrectly. The 1950 edition lists this theater as Ken Roe mentioned in the introduction above. In 1955 it appears to be two theaters listed this way:

Park Theater at 406 Ark. Mo Hwy with 700 seats.
Park Till Theater on Main Street with 750 seats.

Are they both the same theater? And could Park Till actually be the Park Hill Theater?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 12, 2009 at 9:51 am

I had a feeling that it was a different theater. So the Park Hill Theater still needs to be added to CT. All we need is an address. Or maybe not. :)

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