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UARK Theater

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1940, Paul Young Jr. 645 W. Dickson St.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, Mason Toms, photographer)

This movie theater was built by W. F. “Bill” Sonneman, whose name, along with the building’s date, is carved into a decorative stone at the top of the facade. Sonneman also owned the now-demolished Palace Theater in the town square. The UARK Theater closed in 1976 when movie theaters began to move out of downtown areas, and the building subsequently went through various uses; it now is an events facility. Dramatic Art Deco stripes of black tile outline the stepped facade of buff brick, and the theater’s name in red letters is spelled out vertically on the tall central window. The angled marquee over the central entrance is brightly colored in red and white.

Writing Credits

Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors


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Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "UARK Theater", [Fayetteville, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 56-56.

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