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raywatson commented about Scott Theatre on Feb 11, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Thanks Melissa… IT is an honor to keep the SCOTT up and running, I enjoyed many Friday and Saturday nights there as a teen and some before and after that. I was so shocked to find out that other theatres were just plain Cinemas and not like our “Grand Old Lady” She is 80 years old now and as strong as ever…..!

A man looked my wife up the other day and told a story of coming to the theatre on a weekend for a date, he put his ticket and a small movie program in his billfold and went to stay night at his aunts house, someone was going through his aunties house after she was gone and found his long lost wallet, he brought the stuff to us and it is on display in the Lobby with other little treasures we have collected.. He was there in 1953!!! ….Raymond

raywatson commented about Scott Theatre on Mar 24, 2010 at 9:03 am

Jimmy, sorry but it was not a Lon Chaney film… The Feature was something with Ramon Navarre, I don’t have the title with me right now but I have a newspaper from opening night and it is listed,it was a talkie. Thanks for coming to the Theatre though, hope to have you back very soon. Have you noticed the display of old Scott Theatre stuff in the lobby? There are schedules there from as early as 1951 including a 1958 schedule that features Elvis in “his first dramatic singing role” Jailhouse Rock… and some of the 45 and 50 cent tickets from the fifties.
Ray Watson

raywatson commented about Old Paramount Theater needs equipment on Aug 14, 2009 at 6:58 am

also try my guy.. Fred Blank at tristatetheater in Memphis, Tennessee. also ebay and the guys at film-tech dot com will give you all the info you need to install most of it yourself. I was patient and it took me 3 years but I put an entire system together for less than 12 grand US$… sound and 35mm. Ray

raywatson commented about Elberta Theater on Aug 12, 2009 at 9:08 am

This was a K. Lee Williams Theatres inc. Theatre (chain) He is the one that added the Art Deco style.

raywatson commented about Horatio Theater on Aug 12, 2009 at 9:01 am

it was a K. Lee Williams Theatre, the name was Horation though,
I own the only one of the chain still left I believe… Ray

raywatson commented about Scott Theatre on Aug 12, 2009 at 8:02 am

I only have 3 images showing the huge vertical sign, one from an old linen postcard, a newsprint which only shows the bottom of sign and a photo of downtown Waldron from the 60’s with the theatre in the distance, and it is my best bet for getting it right so far.
BTW… if anyone was wanting the Google map address… it is 350 south main for some strange reason, just map it and go south 1 click, you can’t miss it, we were showing Veggie Tales that day.
SiliconSam….. do you have any pics of the sign?

raywatson commented about Scott Theatre on Aug 12, 2009 at 7:04 am

And to “Lost Memory” Wow you must stop by our Theatre a lot… that last 2009 pic was only 2 weeks ago. You really must stop by and see me sometime, I will let you inside for some really good pics!!!
The new construction you see out front is the beginning of a face lift, they should finish the stucco today, and hopefully the marquee will be done by spring. There was a huge sign over the marquee and I just got a good photo of it and plan to replace it next summer. I (along with thousands of other kids) have fond memories of the Scott from my childhood, it is hard to believe that we now own it and are bringing it back to its once gloriful state. To all the naysayers I say Blahhh! and may “the Grand Ole Lady” see her 100th birthday… Yesterday I got my hands on a newspaper from the day she opened as the Pines in 1930 and one of the re-opening as the Scott by K. Lee Williams Theatres INC on April 28 1940. They are both in great shape and I am trying to get copies of these papers to display in the theatre…
There is not much known of K. Lee Williams chain but I am finding out more, his business was at 9 ¼ Lee street in Oklahoma City and he also ran a film exchange there according to the 1940 paper and he owned 14 other theatres at that time. His first film endeavor was a one reel film from his “101 Ranch” productions titled “The Fall Round Up” played at the “Crescent Airdome” in Russellville Arkansas, in 1910.

raywatson commented about Scott Theatre on Aug 12, 2009 at 6:31 am

Okay… to clear up a few questions here. 281 South Main is the correct address. We own and operate the “SCOTT” and that is the correct address. I really appreciate all the photos of the Theatre that people have links to, I save every one I get my hands on. We have been running it now for 2+ years and surprisingly her numbers are pretty good, not many of the single screeners are left these days and it does my heart good to tell everyone here that the Scott is alive and well. Due to its location in a Rural setting, the people of the county, and good programming and comfortable atmosphere, she really does her part in keeping film alive. seats 204

raywatson commented about Scott Theatre on Aug 3, 2006 at 5:55 pm

MANY THANKS…. will post pics soon ……….. Ray

raywatson commented about Scott Theatre on Aug 3, 2006 at 5:51 pm

I am the current owner of the Scott Theatre in Waldron, AR. It’s under a current brief renovation, adding new concessions, bathrooms, seats, Dolby sound, JBL speakers, acoustics work, Projector and platter, AC and heat, and a general redo and cleaning.

This Theatre and a lot of others in the state were once owned by K.Lee Williams Theatres. He named them all for the county in which they were located…. I have not seen any information on this chain… any help is greaatly appreciated……..