Elberta Theater

107 Main Street,
Nashville, AR 71852

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ELBERTA Theatre, Nashville, Arkansas

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This theater was located in Nashville, Arkansas. When you walked in the lobby, there were columns with mirrors around it. Off to the left was a curved stair case. The ceiling was very high with great sound. The theater closed in 1983 with the last movie shown “Popeye”.

The theater was originally a hardware store. It was then opened as a theater somewhere around 1943. This was a very large theater considering the towns population is only 5,000 people. After the theater closed it turned into a live country music show that lasted several years with numerous appearances by celebrity country music performers. Finally around 1990 the theater closed.

The theater fell into disrepair when part of the back of the theater caved in, and the roof started collapsing as well. It was torn down around 1996.

Contributed by Shane VanCamp

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ashleyR
ashleyR on December 3, 2003 at 1:55 pm

This email is directed to Shane Vancamp. He was a friend of mine in High School that I have not seen or heard from in a long while. If anyone has heard from him or knows how to reach him, please let me know by writing to any information would help greatly. Thanks.

Ashley reynolds

raywatson
raywatson on August 12, 2009 at 6:08 am

This was a K. Lee Williams Theatres inc. Theatre (chain) He is the one that added the Art Deco style.

Morgaledh
Morgaledh on September 18, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Chuck1231,

Did you post that pic of the Elberta Theater? I’m from Nashville (originally) and would like permission to post that on the Wikipedia site, it’s a real treasure and I still can’t believe they had to tear it down. If you didn’t post it, but have any idea how to find the person who did (Classic Images has no contact info), email me (morgaledh AT gmail.com). Thanks so much!

kcallaham
kcallaham on October 28, 2009 at 12:20 pm

I was so glad to see the photo. My grandfather managed those theaters from 1939 until he purchased the Elberta and the Howard Drive-in from Mr.Williams in the late 60’s/early 70’s. He then sold them in the early 80’s. It really brings back a lot of memories. Thanks!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 1, 2010 at 11:20 am

This is a theatre the community should have saved.

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