The Goonies (1985, PG)

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Hot Club of Cowtown

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Fight Club (R)

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Movies, Concerts, & Speakers

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The Goonies (1985, PG)

From the imagination of Steven Spielberg, The Goonies plunges a band of small heroes into a swashbuckling surprise-around-every corner quest beyond their wildest dreams!

Following a mysterious treasure map into a spectacular underground realm of twisting passages, outrageous booby-traps and a long-lost pirate ship full of golden doubloons, the kids race to stay one step ahead of a family of bumbling bad guys…and a mild mannered monster with a face only a mother could love.

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BingoFlix: Robot Monster in 3D! (1953, NR)

Join us for BingoFlix! Play bingo to some of the most hilarious movie cliches during a SPECIAL 3D SCREENING of Robot Monster! Win prizes including free movie and event tickets to upcoming shows at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater!

Robot Monster, also known as Monster from Mars,

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Hot Club of Cowtown

CALS Arkansas Sounds presents Hot Club of Cowtown

Since 1998, the Western swing-gypsy-jazz trio Hot Club of Cowtown has traveled the world bringing their magical musical chemistry to audiences. Violinist Elana James, guitarist Whit Smith, and bassist Jake Erwin are equal partners in this original marriage of gypsy and jazz inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt—which accounts for the “Hot Club” portion of their name—with the hoedowns,

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Roli Del Gado

Before a screening of the popular film version of Fight Club, UFC and Bellator professional fighter and jujitsu competitor Roli DelGado will appear in person. Meet him and get a few fighting tips! Del Gado was featured on The Ultimate Fighter Season 8.

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Fight Club (R)

Starring Helena Bonham-Carter, Edward Norton, and Brad Pitt, Fight Club tells the story of an insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker who form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more. Based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk.

Prior to the screening,

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Adaptation (2002, R)

In conjunction with Susan Orlean’s personal visit to CALS on September 28, CALS presents this stunning original comedy based on her work that seamlessly blends fictional characters and situations with the lives of real people. Adaptation centers around obsessive orchid hunter John Laroche (played by Chris Cooper), New Yorker journalist Susan Orlean (played by Meryl Streep),

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Susan Orlean

This event is part of the CALS Speaker Series. All RSVP tickets have been reserved; if any seats become available, they will be offered to individuals on the waitlist.

New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean has been called “a national treasure” by The Washington Post.

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Ghostbusters (1984, PG)

Ghostbusters is a 1984 comedy directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. It stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as a trio of eccentric parapsychologists who start a ghost-catching business in New York City.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Film starts at 7:00 p.m. Beer, wine,

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, R)

“Let’s do the time warp again!” Join the CALS Ron Robinson Theater for FOUR INTERACTIVE SHOWINGS of The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

  • Friday, Oct. 4 @ 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 11 @ 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 18 @ 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 25 @ 9:30 p.m.
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Period. End of Sentence. (2018, NR)

Join CALS and Arkansas Women’s Outreach as we kickoff a very special program with a FREE screening and discussion of Period. End of Sentence.!

Arkansas Women’s Outreach has attracted community support and external grants with its mission to supply basic hygiene items such as pads, tampons, or wipes. That fundraising strength and access to supplies can work in perfect tandem with the close proximity of many CALS library branches to their neighborhoods,

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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993, PG)

Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Pumpkin King Jack Skellington longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Film starts at 7:00 p.m. Beer, wine, and concessions will be available!

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, R)

“Let’s do the time warp again!” Join the CALS Ron Robinson Theater for FOUR INTERACTIVE SHOWINGS of The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

  • Friday, Oct. 4 @ 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 11 @ 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 18 @ 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 25 @ 9:30 p.m.
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Sarah M. Broom, The Yellow House

A brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir from a remarkable new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East. “Gorgeously written, intimate and wise, Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House is an astonishing memoir of family, love, and survival. It’s also a history of New Orleans unlike any we’ve seen before,

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Beetlejuice (1988, PG)

What’s a couple of stay-at-home ghosts to do when their beloved home is taken over by trendy yuppies? They call on Beetlejuice, the afterlife’s freelance bio-exorcist to scare off the family – and everyone gets more than she, he or it bargains for!

Tim Burton guides this 1988 comedy “monsterpiece” whose stars include Alec Baldwin,

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, R)

“Let’s do the time warp again!” Join the CALS Ron Robinson Theater for FOUR INTERACTIVE SHOWINGS of The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

  • Friday, Oct. 4 @ 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 11 @ 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 18 @ 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 25 @ 9:30 p.m.
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Hocus Pocus (1993, PG)

In Disney’s Hocus Pocus, Academy Award nominee Bette Midler stars with Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as three wild witches who return from seventeenth-century Salem for a night of zany fun and comic chaos. After they’re conjured up by unsuspecting pranksters, the tricky trio sets out to cast a spell on the town and reclaim their youth.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, R)

“Let’s do the time warp again!” Join the CALS Ron Robinson Theater for FOUR INTERACTIVE SHOWINGS of The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

  • Friday, Oct. 4 @ 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 11 @ 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 18 @ 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 25 @ 9:30 p.m.
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The Body * Deadbird * Pinkish Black * Sumokem

CALS Arkansas Sounds presents The Body, Deadbird, Pinkish Black, and Sumokem

The Body is an experimental metal duo formed in 1999 and composed of Little Rock natives Chip King (guitar, vocals) and Lee Buford (drums, programming).

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Sing-A-Long: The Wizard of Oz (1939, PG)

Join the CALS Ron Robinson Theater for a special sing-a-long screening of The Wizard of Oz!

In this classic musical fantasy, Judy Garland stars as Dorothy Gale, a young Kansas farm girl who dreams of a land “somewhere over the rainbow.” Dorothy’s dream comes true when she, her dog, Toto,

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V for Vendetta (2005, R)

“Remember, remember the 5th of November…”

Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, V For Vendetta tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man (Hugo Weaving) known only as “V.”

Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception,

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This is Spinal Tap (1984, R)

“We’ve got, you know, armadillos in our trousers.”

Spinal Tap is the loudest band in England and they’re making a comeback with a North American tour promoting their new album Smell the Glove. Marty DiBergi (Rob Reiner) sets out to make a documentary of the legendary rock band’s exploits on the road, featuring front men Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) and David St.

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BingoFlix: Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966, NR)

Join us for BingoFlix! Play bingo to some of the most hilarious movie cliches during a screening of the so-bad-it’s-good film, Manos: The Hands of Fate! Win prizes including free movie and event tickets to upcoming shows at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater!

This 1966 American independent horror film revolves around a vacationing family who lose their way on a road trip.

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Gospel According to Al Green (1984, NR)

Join CALS for a rare screening of Robert Mugge’s 96-minute portrait of soul singer, gospel preacher, and Arkansas music legend Al Green filmed at a concert in Washington, D.C. and a church service in Memphis, TN.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Film starts at 7:00 p.m. Beer, wine, and concessions will be available!

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Stephen King Rules! Book Club presents: Pet Sematary double feature

The Stephen King Rules! Book Club and the Bookstore at Library Square present a special double feature screening of the 1989 and 2019 adaptations of Pet Sematary (R). Enjoy both films for the price of one — only $5!

The road in front of Dr. Louis Creed’s rural Maine home frequently claims the lives of neighborhood pets.

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Nate Powell & Van Jensen, Two Dead

Two Dead, a stunning crime noir graphic novel by Nate Powell and Van Jensen, explores intertwining threads of crime, conspiracy, racism, and insanity in the post-World War II Deep South. Powell is the acclaimed DC Comics writer and the artist of the #1 New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-winning illustrated trilogy March.

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The Public (2018, PG-13)

After learning that emergency shelters are at full capacity when a brutal Midwestern cold front makes its way to Cincinnati, a large group of homeless library patrons led by Jackson (Michael Kenneth Williams) refuse to leave the downtown public library at closing time. What begins as a nonviolent Occupy-style sit-in and ragtag act of civil disobedience quickly escalates into a standoff with local riot police,

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The Last Waltz (1978, PG)

A film screening celebrating “one of the most important cultural events of the last two decades” (Rolling Stone). Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz celebrates The Band’s historic 1976 farewell concert and features Arkansas music legends Levon Helm and Ronnie Hawkins.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Film starts at 7:00 p.m.

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BingoFlix: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964, NR)

Join us for BingoFlix! Play bingo to some of the most hilarious movie cliches during a screening of the so-bad-it’s-good film, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians! Win prizes including free movie and event tickets to upcoming shows at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater!

Martians come to Earth to kidnap Santa Claus because there is no one on Mars to give their children presents.

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Elf (2003, PG)

Will Ferrell stars as the ultimate fish out of water, Buddy, who as a baby crawls into Santa’s toy bag and is whisked off to the North Pole, where he is raised as an elf.

A misfit who grows to be three times the size of his elf family, Buddy ultimately heads to his birthplace of New York City to seek out his roots.

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Die Hard (1988, R)

Facing Christmas 3,000 miles from his estranged wife and two children, New York policeman John McClane flies to Los Angeles bearing presents and hoping to patch up his marriage. He then becomes the only hope for a small group of hostages, one of whom is his estranged wife, trapped in a Los Angeles high-rise building when it is seized by terrorists on Christmas Eve.

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989, PG-13)

The comic misadventures of the beleaguered Griswold family continue in the third and most successful entry in the Vacation film series.

This time America’s most dedicated dad, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), is determined to stay at home to create “the most fun-filled old fashioned family Christmas ever” — but life has a particular way of throwing wet logs on the Griswold family fire.

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It’s A Wonderful Life (1946, PG)

Produced and directed by Frank Capra, It’s A Wonderful Life is based on the short story and booklet The Greatest Gift, which Philip Van Doren Stern wrote in 1939 and published privately in 1943. The film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams to help others,

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Silas House, Southernmost

In this tender novel about judgment, courage, heartbreak, and change, evangelical preacher Asher Sharp offers shelter to two gay men after a flood in a small Tennessee town. In doing so, he starts to see his life anew – and risks losing everything. “An urgent and beautifully written literary thriller about a man on the run that explores themes like the pain of atonement and the necessity of reconciliation,

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Leesa Cross-Smith, So We Can Glow

From Kentucky to the California desert, these forty-two short stories expose the glossy and matte hearts of girls and women in moments of obsessive desire and fantasy, wildness and bad behavior, brokenness and fearlessness. “Leesa Cross-Smith is a consummate storyteller who uses her formidable talents to tell the oft-overlooked stories of people living in that great swath of place between the left and right coasts.” —Roxane Gay,

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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Theater Info

501-320-5715

Book Events

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