Grand Theatre

1101 Oak Street,
Conway, AR 72032

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Previously operated by: Arkansas Amusement Co., Malco Theatres Inc.

Functions: Retail

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The Grand Theatre was open by 1914. In 1930 it was listed with seating listed at 582. It was operated by Arkansas Amusement Co. thru 1935. Malco operated the Grand Theatre from 1935 thru closing in the mid-1950’s. The lobby portion of the theatre had been retrofitted for retail named Vesta’s and one portion is called the Sound Stage.

Contributed by Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 30, 2021 at 11:08 pm

The Grand has not been demolished, just extensively remodeled. The auditorium appears to have been gutted and subdivided for retail space, but the stage tower is still standing. As of 2017, the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, which had the building under contract for purchase (the purchase had been completed by July 2018), was looking into the possibility of returning the structure to theatrical use, as noted in this article from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The article says the Grand closed in 1956.

A house called the Grand Theatre was listed at Conway in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory. I’m not positive that it was the same Grand, but given the age of the bricks of the surviving stage tower it’s certainly likely. The Grand was also advertised in the December 10, 1916 Log Cabin Democrat, a local daily.

The corner store now in the Grand’s building, Vesta’s, is at 1101 Oak Street, so we need to update the theater’s address.

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