Friday, August 29, 7 p.m.
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Avenue
Tickets: $20 buy now»
Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Ben Nichols is the front man for the Memphis-based alt-country band Lucero, which has earned critical praise for its gritty, rootsy, and almost punk approach to country rock and for Nichols’ emotive, whiskey-soaked vocals. During breaks from Lucero, Nichols has recorded acoustic-based material, including an EP featuring Nichols on acoustic guitar, Rick Steff (of Cat Power) on accordion and piano, and Todd Been (of Glossary) on pedal steel and electric guitar. This EP, titled The Last Pale Light in the West, comprises songs based on characters and situations from Cormac McCarthy's novel, Blood Meridian. Nichols has been described as "a blistering diesel train of a singer and a songwriter of rare versatility" by The Austinist.
Tickets are $20, general admission, and are available online, and from Butler Center Galleries, 401 President Clinton Avenue. The theater’s entrance may be accessed from the Main Library’s parking lot, 100 Rock Street. Tickets purchased online will not be mailed. They will be available for pick up in the lobby of the Ron Robinson Theater one hour prior to showtime.
This concert is presented by Arkansas Sounds, a project of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies focusing on Arkansas music and musicians both past and present. The Butler Center is a department of CALS, promoting the study and appreciation of Arkansas history and culture. For more information, visit www.butlercenter.org.
September Movie Events at CALS Ron Robinson Theater
"Doot doo, doo doo doot, mahna mahna" and "Arrgh Matey" are phrases moviegoers of all ages should learn in preparation for upcoming movie events at Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Avenue. The Muppets (2011) will be shown on Saturday, September 13, at 2 p.m. followed by an after-party. Hook (1991) will be featured on Friday, September 19, with a Talk Like a Pirate Day pre-party beginning at 6 p.m., followed by the movie at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person.
Starring Jason Segal and Amy Adams, The Muppets reunites The Muppets with the help of a few fans to save their old theater. After the showing, moviegoers are invited to participate in several different Muppet character photo booths.
Starring Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman, Hook features an adult Peter Pan who must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy. A Talk Like a Pirate Day celebration will begin at 6 p.m. and will feature a pirate costume contest complete with prizes.
Each event will feature some free theme-related concessions and door prizes.
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.
Ultimate rocker seats and pristine digital projectors and sound create a wonderful atmosphere for:
- Client Appreciation
- Employee Appreciation
- Team Building Events
- Church Gatherings
- Sales Presentations
- After Prom/Graduation
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.
- Product Launches
- WebEx Meetings
- Sales Presentations
- Shareholder Meetings
- Committee Meetings
- Board Meetings
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.