The Ron Robinson Theater



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U.S Theatrical Premiere of Devil's Knot

Devil's Knot, a film about the case of the men known as the West Memphis Three, will premiere on Saturday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Ron Robinson Theater. The theater was chosen as the site for the film's U.S. theatrical premiere because, though the case has garnered international attention, the story remains rooted in Arkansas, where most of the people portrayed still live.

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Starting with a personal look at the murders of three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1993, Devil's Knot explores the investigation and trials that followed, as experienced by an investigator and the mother of one of the victims. Directed by Academy Award nominee Atom Egoyan, Devil's Knot is based on the nonfiction book by award-winning Arkansas author Mara Leveritt. Egoyan, Leveritt, and several cast members will attend the U.S. theatrical premiere showing of the film.

The film stars Academy Award winners Reese Witherspoon as Pamela Hobbs, the mother of Stevie Branch, and Colin Firth as Ron Lax, a Memphis private investigator who volunteered his services to the court-appointed defense lawyers. Other cast members include Stephen Moyer, Dane DeHaan, Alessandro Nivola and Amy Ryan.

Egoyan has won numerous prizes at international film festivals including the Grand Prix and International Critics Awards from the Cannes Film Festival and two Academy Award nominations for The Sweet Hereafter. Leveritt, a contributing editor to the Arkansas Times and past Arkansas Journalist of the Year, has twice been awarded Arkansas's prestigious Booker Worthen Prize, given by CALS.

CALS is joined by the Little Rock Film Festival and the Arkansas Times as sponsors of this premiere. Doors open at 6 p.m. and general admission tickets are available online or by calling 501.320.5715. For more information contact 501.918.3086 or sgele@cals.org.

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.

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.

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. Equipped with a state-of-the-art projection system for films and a separate sound system for spoken word and music, the theater will receive the highest rating from the Digital Cinema Institute.

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.