3001 College Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Amusement Corp.
Operated for decades at the intersection of Rolling Hills Drive and U.S. Highway 71-B in Springdale to the north of Fayetteville, Arkansas. The 71 Drive-In was opened on August 18, 1949 with Glenn Ford in “The Man From Colorado”. It was operated by Commonwealth Theatres Ct. out of Kansas City. It was closed in the late-1980’s.
The theater was sold and demolished and converted to a large strip retail center named Fiesta Square, anchored by Walmart. The AMC chain operates the Fiesta Square 16-screen indoor theater, a somewhat run-down and neglected property, with a mix of first-run and second-run films (it has its own page on Cinema Treasures).
More recently, Walmart left Fiesta Square for a new site a mile or so to the north. Today the strip center includes as tenants a Harps Grocery, Big Lots, Chuck E. Cheese, Hastings, Deals (a Walmart property), Cricket, Hardee’s, and several smaller businesses.
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