Landers Theatre

332 E. Main Street,
Batesville, AR 72501

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Landers Theatre

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The Gem Opera House opened in 1906 in a three-story structure located on Main Street. By the early 1920’s, the Gem had become a movie house, with only ocassional stage shows. It became the first movie theater in the area to screen sound films, in 1931. Will Rogers appeared on the stage of Gem, which by 1941 had been renamed the Landers for the family which would operate the theater for three generations, until it closed in the 1990’s. After it closed as a movie house, it was used infrequently for concerts.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 5, 2006 at 11:29 am

This is a 2006 photo of the Landers theater in Batesville.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 10, 2006 at 6:49 pm

The building is now used for:

Brads Vacuum & Sewing Center
334 E Main St
Batesville, AR 72501
(432) 366-6532

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 13, 2006 at 4:34 pm

Here is a larger photo of the former Landers Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 5, 2008 at 6:50 pm

The building was recently purchased by Fellowship Bible Church. “The theater is severely damaged and needs extensive rehabilitation work.”

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 23, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Here are a few more 1985 photos:




kencmcintyre on April 8, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Here is another photo. The church was on its way.

Jay1971 on June 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I saw the Empire Strikes back there back in 1980. I remember it was a pretty good theater, but my family preferred the one down the street.

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