Randolph Music Theater

302 N. Marr Street,
Pocahontas, AR 72455

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Functions: Live Music Venue

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Imperial Theatre, Imperial Dinner Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 870892.523.2355
Manager: 870892.378.0024

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Randolph Music Theater

The Streamline Moderne style Imperial Theatre opened in 1941, just prior to the US entry into World War II. The first movie to play there was “Blues in the Night”. The Imperial Theatre was the first public building in Pocahontas to be air-conditioned, the first building to use glazed brick (on the facade) and the first with neon lights (on its marquee). The Imperial Theatre closed in the mid-1970’s and was afterward used as an indoor archery range.

In 1994, the Studio for the Arts, a non-profit group, purchased the long-vacant former theater and gutted it, and it was renovated as the Imperial Dinner Theatre.

The Studio for the Arts raised funds to build a larger arts venue and dinner theater in town and vacated the Imperial Dinner Theatre in 2004. It now operates as the Randolph Music Theater.

Contributed by Bryan

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

kencmcintyre on February 6, 2007 at 5:40 pm

I’m not going to figure out which theater this was, but it’s a funny little story from May 1961:

POCAHONTAS. Ark. (AP)â€"“It was black and it was coming at me, so I jumped in that pickup truck and took off.” Ed Tyler, an employee of a drive-in theater here, literally took off Sunday. A windstormâ€"or tornado, as he called it, picked up the truck and spun it around several times before setting it down. “I was hanging onto the steering wheel with my feet out the door”, Tyler said "I thought I was a goner”. He wasn’t hurt. The storm damaged the theater but apparently hit nothing else.

kencmcintyre on February 7, 2007 at 9:13 am

I figured the town, just not the name of the theater. You may have answered the question.

kencmcintyre on February 7, 2007 at 9:14 am

I think you’re pointing out the misspelling at the top of the page. I concur.

kencmcintyre on February 7, 2007 at 11:34 am

No, the Imperial is the only theater listed in Pocahontas, AR. I try not to add too many drive-ins as management prefers an emphasis on indoor theaters.

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