Hoo Hoo Theatre

622 Main Street,
Arkadelphia, AR 71923

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The Wright Theatre was opened in the mid-1920’s. Later renamed Hoo Hoo Theatre was remodeled in 1940 and was operated by William Lee Theatres. Seating was listed at 577. The theatre closed in the mid-1980’s. The building has since been retrofitted for retail.

Any additional information on the Hoo Hoo Theatre would be appreciated.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 29, 2013 at 11:15 am

All the information in my previous comment (which I will shortly remove) pertains to the Hoo Hoo Theatre in Gurdon, Arkansas, not to any theater in Arkadelphia. An Arkansas Historic Preservation document about downtown Arkadelphia mentions several theaters that have operated there, but there is no Hoo Hoo Theatre among them. All it says of the building at 622 Main Street is this:

“620-622? Main (Print Mania)—Built about 1900 but probably has new façade. Housed the Sterling Store and later Allen’s Sewing Center. Whipple’s Café was also located in a portion of this building.”
I haven’t found any mentions of a Hoo Hoo Theatre in Arkadelphia anywhere on the Internet other than Cinema Treasures. This might be a phantom theater.

According to the Historic Preservation document, the theaters in Arkadelphia were:

“…the Electric Theatre (next to Hall Drug at 6th & Main), Radio Theatre (500 block of Main on north side—now parking lot for U.S. Bank), Co-Ed Theatre (SE corner Main & 5th), and the Royal Theatre (625 Main). The Royal Theatre is the only one that remains.”
If there was ever a Hoo Hoo Theatre in the building at 622 Main Street, it must have operated so briefly that the local memory of it has been lost.

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