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: , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

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

  • That modern mercantile: The bARn

    The bARn Mercantile — "the general store for the not so general," its slogan says — will open in the space formerly occupied by Ten Thousand Villages at 301A President Clinton Ave.
    • May 26, 2017
  • Meteor will land in LR June 7

    The paper has come down from the long windows facing Kavanaugh Boulevard to reveal The Meteor Cafe, the coffee shop joined to Spokes bicycle shop at the corner of Kavanaugh and Markham, and the cafe has announced a June 7 opening.
    • May 25, 2017
  • A modern mercantile for downtown

    The storefront at the corner of Clinton, Cantrell, Markham and Cumberland (can there be any other intersection anywhere like it?) has brown paper covering the windows and a sign saying LEASED, so we asked Moses Tucker realtor John Martin what gives.
    • May 24, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Tom Cotton suggests Dick Cheney as House speaker

    Yes. U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton told Politico he'd like to see Dick Cheny as House speaker.
    • Oct 12, 2015
  • City Board votes to table homeless feeding ordinance for 8 weeks, study with commission

    The Little Rock Board of Directors voted tonight to table for eight weeks an ordinance that homeless advocates say would severely limit the ability of charities to feed homeless people in city parks. Before the ordinance was punted, Vice Mayor Kathy Webb proposed a nine-member commission to study the issue and make recommendations to the board.
    • May 16, 2017
  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016

Most Shared

  • Conspiracy theorists

    Back in 2000, I interviewed Rev. Jerry Falwell on camera in connection with a documentary film of "The Hunting of the President," which Joe Conason and I wrote.
  • The health of a hospital

    The Medicaid expansion helped Baxter County Regional Medical Center survive and thrive, but a federal repeal bill threatens to imperil it and its patients.
  • Virgil, quick come see

    There goes the Robert E. Lee. But the sentiment that built the monument? It's far from gone.
  • Real reform

    Arkansas voters, once perversely skeptical of complicated ballot issues like constitutional amendments, have become almost comical Pollyannas, ratifying the most shocking laws.
  • That modern mercantile: The bARn

    The bARn Mercantile — "the general store for the not so general," its slogan says — will open in the space formerly occupied by Ten Thousand Villages at 301A President Clinton Ave.

Visit Arkansas

Paddling the Fourche Creek Urban Water Trail

Paddling the Fourche Creek Urban Water Trail

Underutilized waterway is a hidden gem in urban Little Rock

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

Slideshows

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation