Williams Theater

360 Keller Street,
Ashdown, AR 71822

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Previously operated by: K. Lee Williams Theaters Inc.

Styles: Quonset Hut

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Williams Theater

Opened in around 1950, the Williams Theater was part of the K. Lee Williams Theater circuit. They were still the operators in the early-1960’s. This chain was based in De Queen, AR.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on May 27, 2008 at 5:14 pm

A 1987 view of the former Williams Theater building.

cubey on August 6, 2008 at 4:05 pm

This theater is not demolished as it’s listed (as of the date of this post). Click here to view pictures I just took of it today.

cubey on August 6, 2008 at 4:31 pm

The address is 360 Keller Street. Check out the Google Maps view of it. That long white building where the “A” is pointing in front of is it.

cubey on December 13, 2008 at 8:22 pm

What is the address of the Dixie and what is your source of the listing of that theater? There easily could have been another theater or it may have been the original name of this one. It may have just changed owners shortly after opening.

cubey on December 13, 2008 at 9:57 pm

Ah ha, and here’s the answer:

“On the east side of the newspaper office was The Dixie Theater. Built in 1915, it was a silent movie theater. In 1947, a theater was built on Keller Street. The K. Lee Williams Theater was a “talkie,” unlike the Dixie Theater on Commerce which was a silent movie theater. It was unique in design also. It was a very tall structure with art deco styling on the front part of the structure and a Quonset hut on the rear. ”

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cubey on December 13, 2008 at 10:02 pm

Detective work? Hardly. ;) I went to Google and did this search:
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cubey on December 13, 2008 at 10:16 pm

Ah ha!! Do the above search but put “Theatre” instead of “Theater” and you will find some interesting things. One site shows a scan of an old November 12, 1938 newspaper and it states:

“Burton Walker, Dixie Theatre, Ashdown, did some remodeling of his theatre this week, moved the screen back eight feet and installed three rows of seats.”

BTW I just submitted the theater here at CT but once they add it, I’ll have to submit the proper name “theatre”.

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