Sharum Theater

222 W. Main Street,
Walnut Ridge, AR 72476

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Previous Names: Swan Theater

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Sharum Theater

The Sharum Theater was owned and operated by J.J. Sharum in the early-1930’s.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 10, 2007 at 11:01 pm

Listed in the 1941 & 1943 editions of Film Daily Yearbook as the Sharon Theater, with a seating capacity of 300.

kencmcintyre on December 20, 2007 at 11:27 am

Thanks for digging up the address. This photo of the Sharum, such as it is, was recently sold on eBay. Depending on the date the photo was taken, I’m wondering if the building is actually still standing, asopposed to demolished:

kencmcintyre on December 20, 2007 at 2:48 pm

Unfortunately the photo wasn’t dated, but it seems contemporary. I agree that the the status is most likely closed instead of closed/demolished.

AllieK on January 1, 2010 at 8:04 am

The name of the theater is indeed the Sharum Theater. It has been closed since I would guess the late 70’s. However, the owner of the theater bought it in the 80s and hired some people to do renovation work, but the people didn’t complete it and stole some stuff from it.

However there’s a “Downtown Walnut Ridge” organization that is trying to revitalize the downtown area, and it seems the theater will be one of their projects. I can only hope, at least. Here are two bits of info:

Article (from 2008):
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Minutes from the organization, stating that cleanup has begun on the theater:
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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on January 1, 2010 at 9:02 am

Looking at the modern Street View from the map link, the entire facade from about 10 feet on up looks totally different than the 1984 picture. At some point the marquee has to be replaced to make it look like a theater once again.

SethG on January 11, 2019 at 5:48 pm

By 2016, the original doors and remains of the ticket booth were gone. I have no idea why they wasted money applying the cheap and tacky dryvit remodel. Messing with the fa├žade should have been the last priority.

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