Saenger Theatre

Second Street,
Hope, AR 71801

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The 1926-vintage Saenger Theatre in Hope (which is the birthplace of former President Bill Clinton) was later part of the Malco Theatres chain.

It was rebuilt in 1948 to the plans of architectural firm Brueggeman, Swaim and Allen.

It has long since closed.

Contributed by Bryan

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Patsy
Patsy on September 11, 2005 at 10:43 am

Closed? And it’s President Clinton’s hometown…give us ‘hope’ for that theatre! It seems there were many theatres with the name Saenger throughout the Gulf Coast region.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 10, 2009 at 3:01 am

The original Saenger Theatre in Hope burned on Easter Sunday, 1944. Malco Theatres, the operator, didn’t get government permission to rebuild until 1947. The January 17, 1948, issue of Boxoffice announced that the new Saenger had opened. As rebuilt, the house had 900 seats.

Back on November 6, 1926, an item in The Reel Journal said that the Saenger Amusement company was planning to build a $150,000 theater on the site of the Alice Theatre in Hope. The new theater was probably the Saenger. It was being designed by architects Witt, Seibert & Halsey. A December 4 Reel Journal item said that starting on December 15 construction bids would be taken for the new Saenger house to be built on the site of the old Alice Theatre on Second Street.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 17, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Here is a November 1930 ad from the Hope Star:
http://tinyurl.com/ykned25

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