The Ron Robinson Theater



holiday concert

Meshugga Klezmer Band & Dave Rosen Big Band

Friday, December 12, 7:30 p.m. FREE

Arkansas Sounds presents a holiday concert on Friday, December 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., featuring the Meshugga Klezmer Band and the Dave Rosen Big Band. Admission is free and open to the public.

Meshugga Klezmer Band, which now features Stephanie Smittle on vocals, has performed with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, at venues such as Wildwood Park, the Afterthought Lounge, and Juanita's Cantina, and at bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings, and Jewish food festivals since 1999. Klezmer music has eastern European Jewish folk roots and is characterized by its cantorial vocal style reminiscent of Jewish prayer.

Dave Rosen Big Band, a 17-piece band who performed for Arkansas Sounds earlier this year, will play Christmas and Hanukkah favorites with jazz and swing arrangements. Songs will include Jingle Bells, Let it Snow, The Christmas Waltz, and Christmas Time is Here, made famous in the long-running Peanuts Christmas special.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Saturday, December 6, 3 p.m. $5

Miser Ebenezer Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas and reforms his heartless and money-grubbing ways after being visited on Christmas Eve by four ghosts.


Jeremy Schaap

An Evening with Jeremy Schaap

J.N. Heiskell Distinguished Lecture
Tuesday, December 9, 6:30 p.m. FREE

Jeremy Schaap will discuss his experiences in sports journalism at An Evening with Jeremy Schaap, the Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) J.N. Heiskell Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, December 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Avenue.

The event is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow the program. Seating is general admission. Reservations are appreciated, but not required. RSVP to pedwards@cals.org or 918-3009.

An ESPN reporter since 1996, Jeremy Schaap functions in a variety of roles at the network. He is a correspondent for E:60, the host of ESPN Radio's The Sporting Life, and a frequent contributor to Outside the Lines, NFL Countdown, and College Gameday. His reports, interviews, and commentaries are regularly featured on SportsCenter.

Schaap has won multiple national Sports Emmy Awards and many other honors for his work, including a national Edward R. Murrow Award in 2012, and a National Headliner Award in 2007. He is the author of Cinderella Man, a New York Times bestseller, and Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics. In December 2013, Disney secured the movie rights to Triumph and enlisted Schaap for a consulting role on the film.

In addition to his contributions for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, Schaap's work has appeared in the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Time, the Wall Street Journal, and Parade.

The Heiskell Distinguished Lecture is named for J.N. Heiskell, the longest-serving member of the Library's Board of Trustees and editor of the Arkansas Gazette for more than seventy years. Speakers and programs honor Mr. Heiskell's commitment to excellence in journalism as well as his support of the library.


holiday concert

Meshugga Klezmer Band & Dave Rosen Big Band

Friday, December 12, 7:30 p.m. FREE

Arkansas Sounds presents a holiday concert on Friday, December 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., featuring the Meshugga Klezmer Band and the Dave Rosen Big Band. Admission is free and open to the public.

Meshugga Klezmer Band, which now features Stephanie Smittle on vocals, has performed with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, at venues such as Wildwood Park, the Afterthought Lounge, and Juanita's Cantina, and at bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings, and Jewish food festivals since 1999. Klezmer music has eastern European Jewish folk roots and is characterized by its cantorial vocal style reminiscent of Jewish prayer.

Dave Rosen Big Band, a 17-piece band who performed for Arkansas Sounds earlier this year, will play Christmas and Hanukkah favorites with jazz and swing arrangements. Songs will include Jingle Bells, Let it Snow, The Christmas Waltz, and Christmas Time is Here, made famous in the long-running Peanuts Christmas special.


TED Talks

Lunch with TED

Wednesday, December 17, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. FREE

Topic: "We all have a story"

Rick Smolan: The story of a girl
Frans Lanting: The story of life in photographs
Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story
Renny Gleeson: 404, the story of a page not found
Mark Bezos: A life lesson from a volunteer firefighter
Shaka Senghor: Why your worst deeds don’t define you
Ric Elias: 3 things I learned while my plane crashed
Sarah Kaminsky: My father the forger
Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter…

The Ron Robinson Theater, the newest performance space in the River Market district, is a 315-seat multi-purpose event venue. Part of the Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) Main Library campus, it is designed to provide programs for all ages including films, music performances, plays, readings, lectures, speakers, and children’s activities. The theater is equipped with a state-of-the-art DCI-compliant Barco digital cinema projection system and 32' wide retractable screen; and, a versatile sound system capable of Dolby 7.1 surround audio for movies, with a CL3 digital mixing console with ample inputs for traditional music concerts.

Other organizations using the theater space include the Clinton School for Public Service and the Little Rock Film Festival. As with other CALS meeting space, the theater may be used by the public, based on availability.

Little Rock voters approved a bond issue in 2012 that provided funding for the Arcade Building. Through a public-private partnership between CALS, Clinton-Commerce LLC (which includes Moses Tucker Real Estate), Monroe Cache, retail stores, offices, and a restaurant are housed in the Arcade Building, a three-story, 60,000 square foot structure.

Designed by award-winning architects, the space is one of the most modern performing spaces in the region. It contains the newest and highly advanced digital cinema and sound equipment. The Ron Robinson Theater provides a sophisticated, yet comfortable setting for corporate events, luncheons, presentations, screenings, and private receptions. There are two lobby areas that can be used for private receptions or parties.

A concession area offers a range of customary movie theater concessions as well as items that are unique to the Ron Robinson Theater.

Customary movie theater concessions may be available at private events, and patrons may also use any licensed caterer for the event’s food and beverage needs.

Handicap seating and ramps are located throughout the theater. The Ron Robinson Theater is fully ADA accessible. Listening devices for the hearing impaired are available upon request from the box office.

Please contact Trey Woodruff, 320-5709, for facility scheduling.

To download a copy of the "Terms of Rental" agreement form, click here »

The Ron Robinson Theater Specifications

  • 315 stadium style seating
  • Spacious green room for talent
  • Lobby features HD plasma screens and audio playback
  • DCI-compliant Barco DP2K-15Cx projector package with integrated Doremi IMS-1000 cinema media server
  • Barco ACS-2048 Alternate Content Switcher for additional computer and video inputs (VGA, DVI, HDMI, HD component)
  • Dolby CP750 Cinema Sound Processor with both 5.1 and 7.1 surround capabilities
  • 32’ wide Da-Lite Large Arena Electrol retractable projection screen, borderless Matte White front surface
  • EV speakers: EVA2082 Left, Center, Right main arrays; EV 218 Subs; EVID 6.2 surrounds; four EV Zx1 stage monitors; Powersoft amplifiers
  • Yamaha CL3 Digital Audio Mixing Console, RIO3324 stage remote input/output box, Stage Mix control via iPad
  • Full live audio engineering is available
  • ETC 2496 Smart Fade lighting console, 12 ETC Source4 LED lighting fixtures, DMX to stage for additional fixtures
  • 6 + MBPS symmetrical internet connection for live streaming

Celebrate with the Ron Robinson Theater!

Celebration of a milestone, business meetings, and other social gatherings can be even better at the theater. The Ron Robinson Theater offers private rental packages for public showings and private screenings.

Private Screenings

Ultimate rocker seats and pristine digital projectors and sound create a wonderful atmosphere for:

  • Client Appreciation
  • Employee Appreciation
  • Weddings
  • Proposals
  • Team Building Events
  • Church Gatherings
  • Sales Presentations
  • After Prom/Graduation

Business Use

For team-building, training or client communications, nothing reinforces the message like a comfortable, professionally designed auditorium environment. The theater’s state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems and comfortable stadium seating will command attention and dramatically enhance the power of any company event. Complete this form for pricing and availability.

  • Seminars
  • Product Launches
  • WebEx Meetings
  • Sales Presentations
  • Conventions
  • Shareholder Meetings
  • Committee Meetings
  • Conferences
  • Board Meetings

In Kind Donation Program

Through the In-Kind Donation Program, CALS will provide the Ron Robinson Theater space at a discounted rate or at no charge for three different non-profit groups’ use for one event each. The program's main goal is to acknowledge volunteers and encourage donations to 501 (c) (3) charitable organizations in Pulaski or Perry County that benefit the community. Requests for use of the space may be submitted once each calendar year per organization or school. Proof of 501 (c) (3) certification must be included with the application.

For-profit sector requests including organizational meetings, holiday parties, employee incentives, customer rewards, or third party donations are not qualified for the donation program.