The Ron Robinson Theater



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.

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Free Screening: Who is Dayani Cristal?

The film weaves together two stories that attempt to humanize the immigrant experience. In the first, officials try to identify a dead man found in the Arizona desert with no identification aside from a tattoo of the words "Dayani Cristal." The other narrative follows Bernal as he portrays as a migrant traveling from Honduras.

The film is the second installment in the Arkansas Times' new film series in collaboration with the Little Rock Film Festival. Stick around after the film for a discussion with the Times, El Zócalo and members of Little Rock's immigrant community on the people and politics behind the immigration system in America.

Admission is free and no advance tickets are required. Hosted by El Zócalo, a volunteer-based nonprofit Immigrant Resource Center located in Central Arkansas that provides resources and assistance to immigrants and others in need.

TED talks

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.

November Talks

Choice, Happiness, and Spaghetti Sauce – Malcom Gladwell
Remember to Say 'Thank You' – Laura Trice
Less Stuff, More Happiness – Graham Hill
Love--You're Doing It Wrong – Yann Dall'Aglio
The Power of Vulnerability – Brene Brown
We're All Hiding Something: Let's Find the Courage to Open Up – Ash Beckham
My Journey to Yo-Yo Mastery – BLACK
Embracing Otherness, Embracing Myself – Thandie Newton
Are You Human? – Ze Frank
The Happy Planet Index – Nic Marks
4 Lessons in Creativity – Julie Burstein

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.