The Ron Robinson Theater



sweet dreams documentary film

Sweet Dreams (unrated)

Saturday, October 11, 2 p.m.
FREE Admission

A screening of the documentary by Lisa and Rob Fruchtman, which tells the story of a group of Rwandan women who formed their country’s first all-female drumming troupe and opened the first ice cream shop. A Skype question and answer session with the directors will follow the film. Sponsored by Loblolly Creamery.


TED talks

Lunch with TED

Wednesday, October 15, Noon to 2 p.m.
FREE Admission

Make your lunch break count with TED Talks, short videos on topics from business to global issues. You may bring your own lunch or purchase lunch at the theater's concession stand. Stop by to watch one, two, or even all of the TED Talks.

October Talks

Jim Fallon, Exploring the Mind of a Killer
Karen Thompson Walker, What Fear Can Teach Us
Ed Yong, Suicidal Wasps, Zombie Roaches, and Other Tales of Parasites
Frank Warren, Half a Million Secrets
Kelli Swazey, Life that Doesn't End with Death
Joshua Klein, A Thought Experiment on the Intelligence of Crows
Jon Ronson, Strange Answers to the Psychopath Test
Nick Veasey, Exploring the Invisible
John Hodgman, Aliens, love – Where are they?


pride and joy

Flavors of Arkansas

Saturday, October 18, 6 p.m.
FREE Admission to Pride & Joy (unrated)

Eventbrite - Flavors of Arkansas

Featuring the talents of local chefs, brewers and farmers who are passionate about sustainable practices and excellent craft. Join us for an Alleyway Reception at 6PM with bites from local chefs, Southern/Folk music performed by local musicians, and local beer available in the theater concessions (purchased separately).  Following the reception a screening of the Southern Foodways Alliance documentary Pride & Joy in the theater and a panel on Southern Food and Culture after the film. The film and panel are free to enter.

Sweet Dreams Film Screening

Saturday, October 11, 2 p.m.
FREE Admission

A screening of the documentary by Lisa and Rob Fruchtman, which tells the story of a group of Rwandan women who formed their country’s first all-female drumming troupe and opened the first ice cream shop. A Skype question and answer session with the directors will follow the film. Sponsored by Loblolly Creamery.

Lunch with Ted Talks

Wednesday, October 15, Noon to 2 p.m.
FREE Admission

Make your lunch break count with TED Talks, short videos on topics from business to global issues. You may bring your own lunch or purchase lunch at the theater's concession stand. Stop by to watch one, two, or even all of the TED Talks.

Flavors of Arkansas

Saturday, October 18, 6pm
FREE Admission to Pride & Joy (unrated)

Eventbrite - Flavors of Arkansas

Featuring the talents of local chefs, brewers and farmers who are passionate about sustainable practices and excellent craft. Join us for an Alleyway Reception at 6PM with bites from local chefs, Southern/Folk music performed by local musicians, and local beer available in the theater concessions (purchased separately). Following the reception a screening of the Southern Foodways Alliance documentary Pride & Joy in the theater and a panel on Southern Food and Culture after the film. The film and panel are free to enter.

Lyon College Pipe Band Performs

Friday, October 24, at 7 p.m.

The Arkansas Sounds monthly concert series continues with a performance by the Lyon College Pipe Band. Admission to this concert is free and open to the public; seating is first-come, first-served.

Under the direction of Pipe Major Jimmy Bell, the Lyon College Pipe Band regularly performs at official college functions such as convocations and other ceremonies, in community parades, in concerts around the state of Arkansas, and at festivals throughout the United States and abroad. The pipe band competed at the 2006 World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, and won in its division. The group also won at competitions in 2013 at Sarasota, Florida, and St. Louis, Missouri, and it is currently placed at 12th in the world in its division.

Arkansas Sounds is a project of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies focusing on Arkansas music and musicians both past and present. For more information, call 501-918-3033.

Boo!seum Bash & Monster House Film Screening

Thursday, October 30, 8pm

Ron Robinson Theater will be transformed into the ultimate monster house for one night only during the Greater Little Rock Museum Consortium’s Big Boo!seum Bash. FREE.

Paranormal Investigations and Horror Short Films

Friday, October 31, 6:30pm

Local Paranormal Investigators will share their experiences and footage of research. Following the presentation Horror Short Films made by local filmmakers will screen. FREE.

National Homebrew Day

Saturday, November 1
Brewing Demonstrations, 9 a.m. - 4p.m. FREE
Crafting a Nation, Noon & 4 p.m. FREE

Celebrate American Homebrewers Associations' Learn to Homebrew Day with the Central Arkansas Fermenters in the theater alleyway. View brewing demonstrations every hour from 9 a.m-4 p.m. Four different brewing styles will be demonstrated from basic, no boil beginner level brewing to advanced, all grain brewing. There will also be demonstrations of bottling, kegging, and sanitation.

Legacies & Lunch: Troy Poteete

Wednesday, November 5, Noon FREE
a Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Event

Troy Poteete, Director of the National Trail of Tears Association and Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Justice. This Legacies & Lunch is co-hosted by the Clinton School for Public Service and sponsored by Arkansas Humanities Council.

Clinton Library 10th Anniversary Movie Series

396 Days: From Arkansas to America
Wednesday, Nov. 12, Noon FREE

A documentary short directed and produced by videographer and local TV news director Randy Dixon for the opening of the Clinton Presidential Library. It chronicles the 1992 Clinton Presidential campaign from an Arkansas perspective. The project has received more than a dozen national and international awards.

The War Room
Wednesday, November 12, 7 p.m. FREE

A 1993 American documentary film about Bill Clinton's campaign for President of the United States, during the 1992 presidential election.

The Hunting of the President, with Q&A session by Harry Thomason
Thursday, November 13, 7 p.m. FREE

Well-known director, producer and Arkansan Harry Thomason, and Nickolas Perry's incendiary documentary, based on the best-selling book by Gene Lyons and Joe Conason, offers a glimpse at the genesis of these partisan vendettas and explores the myths and truths behind the nearly ten year campaign to systematically destroy the political legacy of the Clintons.

Lunch with TED

Wednesday, November 19, Noon to 2 p.m. FREE

Several short TED Talks from TED.com will be shown with a "Happy" theme. Lunch options are available at the concessions stand.

Big Piph and Tomorrow Maybe, an Arkansas Sounds Concert

Friday, November 21, 7 p.m. $15

Big Piph, an emcee formerly known as "Epiphany," and Tomorrow Maybe, a full band including female vocalists, will perform an innovative hip hop concert Tickets are $15, general admission, and available at www.arkansassounds.org or at Butler Center Galleries, 401 President Clinton Ave.

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!

Unique birthday experiences, 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

Birthday Packages

Celebrate a child's birthday in a unique and exciting way at the Ron Robinson Theater. Birthday packages include a ticket to a public showing and a kid's combo for each in a minimum group of 10 guests. The movie ticket and kid's combo for the birthday child is FREE.

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.