Baxter Theatre

814 S. Baker Street,
Mountain Home, AR 72653

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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Amusement Corp.

Architects: Carl Boller, Robert O. Boller

Firms: Boller Brothers

Functions: Retail

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Baxter Theatre

The Baxter Theatre was opened January 3, 1948 with Johnny Weissmuller in “Tarzan and the Huntress”. My great-grandmother, Ima Evans owned and operated it until it closed December 21, 1978. My great-grandparents also owned/operated the Evans Theatre for years before building the Baxter Theatre. It became a bank and also used for storage. By 2022 it was in commercial use.

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Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

kencmcintyre on February 28, 2008 at 3:25 pm

As of February 2008, the theater building is being used by First Security Bank for training purposes.

RichM on June 6, 2008 at 9:10 am

Is this the theatre that was near the Wal Mart?
If so, I saw Cannonball Run, and Superman II while on my senior summer vacation, while visiting grandparents.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 15, 2018 at 4:13 pm

The former theater is now one of two buildings on the block occupied by First Security Bank. I’m not sure what the bank uses this building for, as their retail operation for Mountain Home appears to be in the building across Baker Street, but it might contain offices as the south wall has been fenestrated. The distinctive masonry detailing on the facade is still there, though it is now painted gray.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 15, 2018 at 4:31 pm

This article from the Baxter Bulletin of May 30, 2014, says that the Baxter Theatre opened on January 3, 1948, and closed on December 21, 1978.

Jake Bottero
Jake Bottero on October 16, 2022 at 3:08 am

Currently commercial space.

50sSNIPES on June 5, 2023 at 12:53 pm

The Baxter opened its doors with “Tarzan And The Huntress” along with a couple of short subjects and a special display of lights before showing.

The Baxter Theatre closed its doors with a two-day showing of John Denver in “Oh God” (which is originally scheduled to be shown for six days).

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