A neat lineup of films, music, and lectures are set to mark the debut of Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) new Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock. According to a news article sent by CALS, opening events celebrating the new theater take place from tomorrow (Friday, January 17) through Saturday, January 25.
According to the release, this single-screen theater is the newest performance space in the River Market district and is a 315-seat multi-purpose event venue. Part of CALS Main Library campus, it is designed to provide programs for all ages including films, music performances, plays, readings, lectures, speakers, and children’s activities. It is equipped with a projection system for films and a separate sound system for spoken word and music and will receive the highest rating from the Digital Cinema Institute. It will serve as the home theater of the Little Rock Film Festival and will also be used by the Clinton School of Public Service, UALR and as with other CALS meeting space, it may be used by the public, based on availability.
The theater is located in the new Arcade Building on the Main Library campus at 1 Count Pulaski Way, at the corner of River Market Avenue and President Clinton Avenue. Opening programs include documentaries on Levon Helm and Moms Mabley; performances by Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers, UALR Jazz Ensemble, and UALR Guitar Ensemble; and films from the Little Rock Film Festival with appearances by North Little Rock-raised film director Jay Russell and central Arkansas native Graham Gordy.
The theater is named after Ron Robinson, a native of Little Rock and past chairman and chief executive officer of Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods.
Below is a peek at the complete schedule for opening week events!
- Friday, January 17
Documentary on Arkansas native Levon Helm, Ain’t In It For My Health: 7 p.m.
Q&A with Amy Helm: 8:30 p.m.
Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers performance: 9 p.m.
- Saturday, January 18
Kinders Concert: 10:30 a.m.
Best of the 48 Hour Film Project: 3 p.m.
Documentary Sleepy LaBeef Rides Again: 7 p.m.
Q&A with Sleepy LaBeef and Dave Pomeroy: 8 p.m.
Sleepy LaBeef and Dave Pomeroy performance: 8:30 p.m.
- Monday, January 20
Moms Mabley (Courtesy of HBO Documentary Films): 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, January 21
Music by UALR Jazz Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble: 5:15 p.m.
Locals Rule (Favorites from the Little Rock Film Festival): 7:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, January 22
Contracted and One Please (Filmmaker and stars Eric England, Najarra Townsend, and Matt Mercer will be in attendance): 7 p.m.
- Thursday, January 23
Emerging Processes in History Design: The Arcade Building from a Graphic Designer’s Perspective (Program by UALR’s Tom Clifton, Shannon Lausch, and Joe Swaty): Noon
Undercurrents (Dance performance by UALR’s Emily Karnes and Anthony Bryant, choreography by Rhythm McCarthy): 5:30 p.m.
Rectify (A Sundance Series with writer Graham Gordy): 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, January 25
Ladder 49 (With director Jay Russell): 7 p.m.