Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Arcade theater named for Ron Robinson

Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 3:23 PM

click to enlarge Robinson
  • Robinson
Bobby Roberts, director of the Central Arkansas Library System, announced today that the library's board of directors voted to name the new 325-seat theater going into the Arcade Building at President Clinton Avenue and River Market Avenue the Ron Robinson Theater. 

Longtime adman Robinson is donating his truly vast collection of Arkansas memorabilia — posters, sheet music, rare recordings, including six recordings of the "Arkansas Traveler" on Edison discs and other recordings, political artifacts and more — to the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. Clinton School for Public Service Dean Skip Rutherford, who worked with Robinson at the Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, called Robinson a "titan" in Arkansas communications. Rutherford read a letter from Robinson, who could not be present, thanking the board for the naming honor and saying he felt like "the luckiest man on the planet." 

Roberts took folks on a tour of the Arcade, showing off the state-of-the art theater, which will be used by the Little Rock Film Festival (its offices are on the third floor), the library and available to the public. The theater is a $3 million project; in all, CALS' development in the building, which includes new space for Butler Center processing (he said the center ran out of space five years sooner than the 10 years he expected it to), an events room on the second floor facing Clinton Avenue directly over retail space on the first, office space for Meadors Adams & Lee insurance company and space for the Clinton School. The building will also house a two-story restaurant CACHE, being designed by the design firm Johnson Studio of Atlanta.
Roberts joked that the theater would be open in "December January," but added that the Clark Contractors construction crew is to turn over the building to the library in December. The theater will be open for regular business in January. 

CALS Director Bobby Roberts in the Ron Robinson Theater under construction in the Arcade Building.

click to enlarge CALS Director Bobby Roberts in the Ron Robinson Theater under construction in the Arcade Building.
  • CALS Director Bobby Roberts in the Ron Robinson Theater under construction in the Arcade Building.

Tags: , , ,


Speaking of...

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

More by Leslie Newell Peacock

  • Coming to McLeod: Hursley and Simmons, land and dreamscapes

    Heads up for Thursday, Oct. 27: Matt McLeod Fine Art Gallery opens "Landscapes/Dreamscapes: At the Crossroads of Observation and Memory," an exhibition of drawings and paintings by Little Rock artists Jeanie Lockeby Hursley and  Dominique Simmons. 
    • Oct 21, 2016
  • Good Weather, outdoors and in (Elliott Earls)

    If you read this week's Arts and Entertainment feature on Good Weather Gallery, you are probably wanting to know a little bit more about the show opening tomorrow, Oct. 22: Elliott Earls' "Death of a Salesman."
    • Oct 21, 2016
  • White Water gets Southern Salted

    Lauren McCants, the Southern Salt Co. food truck founder and chef, is now serving food at the White Water Tavern Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday. On the menu: hamburgers and cheeseburgers (of course) as well as deep fried pork tenderloin sandwiches, deep fried chicken sandwiches, a smoked bologna and over-easy egg sandwich (real good, she says), chicken nachos and a special, like coconut curried chicken. There are vegetarian options, as well: Deep-fried tofu sandwiches, prepared with avocado and like a fish taco; and sweet potato and avocado tacos.
    • Oct 21, 2016
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Rep. Nate Bell blasts adoption story before seeing it; 'rehoming' bill introduced

    Response to our story about rehoming and adoption has been overwhelmingly positive, with one exception. Rep. Nate Bell (R-Mena) has informed me that writing this story makes me the predator and Justin Harris the victim. I'm hellbound, apparently.
    • Mar 4, 2015
  • Foster family disputes key statements from Justin Harris

    Craig and Cheryl Hart were the foster parents of the two sisters who were adopted by Rep. Justin Harris and his wife Marsha and later "rehomed." The Harts say that the adoption was allowed to proceed over the objections of the foster parents and local DHS staff due to pressure exerted by Cecile Blucker, head of the Division of Children and Family Services, on behalf of Justin Harris.
    • Mar 7, 2015
  • War. What is it good for? Tom Cotton has an idea

    Twenty-four hours after meddling in President Obama's talks with Iran, hawkish Sen. Tom Cotton scheduled an off-the-record meeting with defense contractors, who'd be happy to supply goods for U.S. armed incursions in the Middle East.
    • Mar 9, 2015

Most Shared

Most Recent Comments



© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation