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Made in Arkansas Film Festival presents: premiere of Unscripted documentary

Hosted by the Made in Arkansas Film Festival, Unscripted is a feature-length documentary directed by L. Tanner Smith, which depicts a year in the lives of University of Central Arkansas film students making their undergraduate thesis films. Following the premiere, the eight student shorts featured in the documentary will be screened.

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$5 Date Night: Southside With You (2016, PG-13)

Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date, Southside With You recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a young law firm associate named Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) tried to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) during a daylong date that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.

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Movies Meant for the Big Screen: Pirates of the Caribbean – The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003, PG-13)

Join us for Movies Meant for the Big Screen! ONLY $5!

Blacksmith Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) teams up with eccentric pirate “Captain” Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) to save his love, the governor’s daughter (Keira Knightley), from Jack’s former pirate allies, who have returned from the dead.

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Movies of a Movement: The Post (2017, PG-13)

Join us for Movies of a Movement: The Civil Rights & Social Change Collection!

Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper,

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History on the Line: Preserving County Courthouses

Join the Ron Robinson Theater for a FREE public screening of AETN’s newest documentary, History on the Line: Preserving County Courthouses! Doors open at 2:00 p.m.

Historic county courthouses stand as iconic symbols of Arkansas’s development as a state, elegant testaments to justice and important sentries to the history of the state. 

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“Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock and Roll”

Arkansas Sounds presents American Masters Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll”

The director’s cut of the American Masters documentary profiles the newly inducted Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Sister Rosetta Tharpe, paying tribute to the Arkansas musical legend on what would be her 104th birthday.

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Big Piph’s “The Glow”

Arkansas Sounds presents Big Piph’s “The Glow”

Epiphany “Big Piph” Morrow is a Stanford-educated international emcee and community builder.  This noted TEDx speaker is a solo artist and front man for the 7pc jazz and funk infused, hip-hop ensemble, “Big Piph & Tomorrow Maybe”.  His music, talks, and workshops have taken him abroad to countries such as Morocco,

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Silver Anniversaries on the Silver Screen: The Shawshank Redemption (1994, R)

Join us for Silver Anniversaries on the Silver Screen, as we celebrate films that turn 25 in 2019!

A prominent banker (Tim Robbins) unjustly convicted of murder spends many years in the Shawshank prison. He is befriended by a convict who knows the ropes (Morgan Freeman) and helps him to cope with the frightening realities of prison life.

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Movies of a Movement: The Hate U Give (2018, PG-13)

Join us for Movies of a Movement: The Civil Rights & Social Change Collection!

Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.

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Movies Meant for the Big Screen: Koyaanisqatsi (1982, NR)

Join us for Movies Meant for the Big Screen! ONLY $5!

Drawing its title from the Hopi word meaning “life out of balance,” this renowned documentary reveals how humanity has grown apart from nature. Featuring extensive footage of natural landscapes and elemental forces, the film gives way to many scenes of modern civilization and technology.

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Lyon College Jazz Band with special guests

Arkansas Sounds presents Lyon College Jazz Band with special guests

Join us for an evening of jazz with our co-presenters the Lyon College Jazz Band and their special guests, the Maumelle High School Jazz Band, the Bryant High School Jazz Band and vocalist Leslie Oden.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

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Dara Tucker

Arkansas Sounds presents Dara Tucker

“Dara Tucker is brilliant…”—acclaimed jazz musician and songwriter Cassandra Wilson

Nashville-based vocalist and composer Dara Tucker is establishing herself as one of the premier voices in jazz and beyond. From opening for Gregory Porter to appearing on the “Tavis Smiley Show”

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The Search for General Tso (2014, NR)

This screening is a part of the Becoming American: Immigration and Popular Culture documentary film and discussion series.

This mouthwateringly entertaining film travels the globe to unravel a captivating culinary mystery. General Tso’s chicken is a staple of Chinese-American cooking, and a ubiquitous presence on restaurant menus across the country. But just who was General Tso?

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$5 Date Night: The Graduate (1967, PG)

A disillusioned college graduate (Dustin Hoffman) finds himself torn between his older lover (Anne Bancroft) and her daughter (Katharine Ross). Oscar winner for Best Director (Mike Nichols), and 5-time Academy Award winner.

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Page to Screen: The Color Purple (1985, PG-13)

Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey (in her film debut), and Danny Glover, The Color Purple is based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Alice Walker. The film tells the story of a young African American girl named Celie Harris and shows the problems African American women faced during the early 20th century,

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The Cate Brothers Band

Arkansas Sounds presents The Cate Brothers Band

Arkansas music legends, The Cate Brothers Band, reunite for a special performance of the biggest hits and most beloved songs from their storied five-decade career, including their Top 25 hit “Union Man.” The Cate Brothers are the singer-songwriter duo of Earl and Ernie Cate,

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Cinema Essentials: Citizen Kane (1941, PG)

Citizen Kane is an epic tale of a publishing tycoon’s rise and fall and has earned a reputation as a landmark achievement in film with its entertaining, poignant, and inventive storytelling. The film was directed, produced, and co-written by Orson Welles, who also stars as the title character.

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50th Anniversary Screening: Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid (1969, PG)

Join us for a special 50th anniversary screening of Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid! The true story of fast-draws and wild rides, battles with posses, train and bank robberies, a torrid love affair and a new lease on outlaw life in far away Bolivia. It is also a character study of a remarkable friendship between Butch –

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Movies Meant for the Big Screen: Jaws (1975, PG)

When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled ship captain Quint (Robert Shaw) offer to help Brody capture the killer beast,

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Historic Cinema: MASH (1970, R)

Celebrate Memorial Day with Historic Cinema: MASH! Military members, veterans, and their families receive FREE admission.

This irreverent black comedy follows the exploits of a host of offbeat characters at a medical unit during the Korean War, including surgeons Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper John McIntyre who create havoc with their martini parties and practical jokes while the war rages around them.

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Rock & Reel: Dazed & Confused (1993, R)

Alright, alright, alright! Kick off the summer with the first screening in our Rock & Reel film series: Dazed & Confused!

This coming-of-age film follows the mayhem of group of rowdy teenagers in Austin, Texas, celebrating the last day of high school in 1976. The graduating class heads for a popular pool hall and joins an impromptu keg party,

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The Ron Robinson Theater 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.

As with other CALS meeting spaces, the theater may be used by the public for a fee, 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.

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501-320-5715

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501-320-5709

Library Square Parking Rates

Two off-street parking areas are available to CALS patrons. If you are visiting the Main Library ask staff to validate your parking ticket to receive an extended free parking period.

An open-air parking lot is situated on the east side of Rock St., directly opposite the Main Library. And, a multi-story parking garage is located immediately north of the Main Library on the corner of Rock St. and President Clinton Ave. In both cases, the parking rates are as follows:

0 – 30 minutes: FREE
31 – 1 hour: $2.00
1 hour 1 minute – 2 hours: $4.00
2 hours 1 minute – 3 hours: $6.00
3 hours 1 minute – 4 hours: $8.00
4 hours 1 minute – 5 hours: $10.00
5 hours 1 minute – 6 hours: $12.00
6 hours 1 minute – 7 hours: $14.00
8+ hours : $16.00

Overnight: $16.00