Randolph Music Theater

302 N. Marr Street,
Pocahontas, AR 72455

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Randolph Music Theater

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The Streamline Moderne style Imperial Theatre opened in 1941, just prior to the US entry into World War II. The first movie to play there was “Blues in the Night”. The Imperial Theatre was the first public building in Pocahontas to be air-conditioned, the first building to use glazed brick (on the facade) and the first with neon lights (on its marquee). The Imperial Theatre closed in the mid-1970’s and was afterward used as an indoor archery range.

In 1994, the Studio for the Arts, a non-profit group, purchased the long-vacant former theater and gutted it, and it was renovated as the Imperial Dinner Theatre.

The Studio for the Arts raised funds to build a larger arts venue and dinner theater in town and vacated the Imperial Dinner Theatre in 2004. It now operates as the Randolph Music Theater.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 6, 2007 at 5:40 pm

I’m not going to figure out which theater this was, but it’s a funny little story from May 1961:

POCAHONTAS. Ark. (AP)â€"“It was black and it was coming at me, so I jumped in that pickup truck and took off.” Ed Tyler, an employee of a drive-in theater here, literally took off Sunday. A windstormâ€"or tornado, as he called it, picked up the truck and spun it around several times before setting it down. “I was hanging onto the steering wheel with my feet out the door”, Tyler said "I thought I was a goner”. He wasn’t hurt. The storm damaged the theater but apparently hit nothing else.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 7, 2007 at 5:03 am

Shouldn’t the name of the town be Pocahontas? The drive-in theater mentioned in that story might have been the Skylark Drive-In in Pocahontas, AR.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 7, 2007 at 9:13 am

I figured the town, just not the name of the theater. You may have answered the question.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 7, 2007 at 9:14 am

I think you’re pointing out the misspelling at the top of the page. I concur.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 7, 2007 at 9:33 am

The spelling is exactly what I was referring to. Also, I don’t think the Skylark Drive-In is listed on CT.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 7, 2007 at 11:34 am

No, the Imperial is the only theater listed in Pocahontas, AR. I try not to add too many drive-ins as management prefers an emphasis on indoor theaters.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 7, 2007 at 4:10 pm

No kidding. If I can find an address or some other info for the Skylark Drive-In, I’ll add it. I also found a Cinema City Twin Cinema, 5259 Highway 67 S, Pocahontas, AR 72455.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 27, 2009 at 7:10 pm

The Imperial Theater is listed in 1955 with 600 seats.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 14, 2014 at 5:12 am

This theatre is now known as the Randolph Music Theater. Their website is http://www.historicimperialtheater.com. The Imperial Dinner Theatre moved to a new building in 2004.

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