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The Giants Wore White Gloves

“The Giants Wore White Gloves” tells the story of the women of Little Rock and their accomplishments during the Little Rock Desegregation Crisis.

The 1958 school year began with a vote to close four high schools in the city of Little Rock and once again avoid integration. A group of middle-class white women,

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Rocky Horror Picture Show

A mixture of fantastical rock opera and horror movie spoof. A couple of ordinary kids have car trouble one dark and rainy night and knock on the door of a looming gothic mansion. They are stunned to learn that they have stumbled into an ongoing convention of kinky characters, hosted by Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a mad scientist from the planet Transsexual.

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Rocky Horror Picture Show

A mixture of fantastical rock opera and horror movie spoof. A couple of ordinary kids have car trouble one dark and rainy night and knock on the door of a looming gothic mansion. They are stunned to learn that they have stumbled into an ongoing convention of kinky characters, hosted by Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a mad scientist from the planet Transsexual.

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Rocky Horror Picture Show

A mixture of fantastical rock opera and horror movie spoof. A couple of ordinary kids have car trouble one dark and rainy night and knock on the door of a looming gothic mansion. They are stunned to learn that they have stumbled into an ongoing convention of kinky characters, hosted by Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a mad scientist from the planet Transsexual.

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Rocky Horror Picture Show

A mixture of fantastical rock opera and horror movie spoof. A couple of ordinary kids have car trouble one dark and rainy night and knock on the door of a looming gothic mansion. They are stunned to learn that they have stumbled into an ongoing convention of kinky characters, hosted by Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a mad scientist from the planet Transsexual.

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James Fallows

A national correspondent for The Atlantic, James Fallows speaks about his book Our Towns, “a vivid, surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place in America, town by town and generally out of view of the national media”, in the 2018 CALS J.N. Heiskell Distinguished Lecture for journalism.

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Gershwin – Remembrance and Discovery

Gershwin – Remembrance and Discovery with Richard Glazier, pianist, raconteur, and cultural historian will be presented on Friday, September 28 in the Ron Robinson Theater, 7 p.m. in collaboration with Central Arkansas Library System’s Arkansas Literary Festival, Arkansas Sounds, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) Department of Medical Humanities & Bioethics,

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Book Signing: Ann Miles

Butler Center Books author and stunt woman Ann Miles, who performed the famous “spiderwalk” stunt in the extended cut of The Exorcist, will be on hand to answer questions and sign copies of her book Spiderwalk: The High Life and Daring Stunts of a Small-town Girl from Arkansas (Butler Center Books,

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The Exorcist

At 6:00 p.m.,  Butler Center Books author and stunt woman Ann Miles, who performed the famous “spiderwalk” stunt in the extended cut of the movie, will be on hand to answer questions about her role in The Exorcist.

At 6:30 p.m., we will screen the film the classic 1973 horror film about a teenage girl who is possessed by a mysterious entity while her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.  

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George Takei’s Allegiance: The Broadway Musical On The Big Screen

Inspired by the true-life experience of its star George Takei (Star Trek, Heroes) in the Rohwer Relocation Center, the Broadway film of Allegiance tells the story of one family’s extraordinary journey in a troubling time for a nation plunged into war by the events of Pearl Harbor. 

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Charlie Hunter Trio

With a career spanning more than 25 years and 20 albums, renowned guitarist Charlie Hunter consistently pleases audiences as an innovative writer and bandleader. Accompanying Hunter on this tour are celebrated jazz vocalist Dara Tucker and Grammy Award–winning drummer and percussionist Keita Ogawa.

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The Last Waltz

A film screening celebrating “one of the most important cultural events of the last two decades” (Rolling Stone). Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz: 40th Anniversary Edition celebrates The Band’s historic 1976 farewell concert and features Arkansas music legend Levon Helm. See The Last Waltz like never before on CALS Ron Robinson Theater’s state-of-the-art DCI-compliant Barco digital cinema projection system with a 32′

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Books, Bourbon & Boogie, featuring Arlo Guthrie

The nonprofit Oxford American, “A Magazine of the South,” will host its annual fundraising gala, Books, Bourbon & Boogie, featuring Arlo Guthrie on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at CALS Ron Robinson Theater. Guthrie is doing a special 50th anniversary celebration tour of Alice’s Restaurant.

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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 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.

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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