New Ron Robinson Theater Opens in Little Rock!

Editor's Note: This event was from 2014. 

The Ron Robinson Theater Opens in January 2014 from Gary Jones on Vimeo.


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!