Hot Springs Central Theater & Performing Arts Center

1008 Central Avenue,
Hot Springs, AR 71901

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Previously operated by: Malco Theatres Inc.

Functions: Live Theatre, Movies (Film Festivals)

Previous Names: Central Theater

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Hot Springs Central Theater & Performing Arts Center

The Central Theater was opened in 1910. By 1938 it was operated by Malco Theatres Inc. The building was vacant for while, but reopened in May 2011, and used as a live theatre and for the Hot Springs Horror Film Festival.

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on May 28, 2008 at 6:20 am

A 1989 view of the Central Theater in Hot Springs.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 12, 2009 at 12:49 am

The Central was one of four Hot Springs theaters being operated by the Malco circuit in 1938, according to an item in Boxoffice Magazine of March 12 that year. The others were the Paramount, Spa, and Roxy. W. Clyde Smith was resident manager for all four houses. Malco had entered the Hot Springs market in 1935.

CSWalczak on February 9, 2011 at 10:10 am

Beginning in May, 2011, this theater will be the home of a professional acting company called the Arkansas TheatreWorks: View link

Trolleyguy on July 1, 2016 at 12:02 am

Called the Hot Springs Central Theater & Performing Arts Center. Website: No current events listed.

DavidZornig on June 17, 2020 at 11:28 pm

1919 newspaper ad added courtesy Jerry Merriweather‎. So opened at least as early as then. Also 1930 image and description added credit Garland County Historical Society.

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