Arkansas Municipal Auditorium

The Municipal Building of Texarkana, Arkansas, located at Walnut and 3rd Streets in heart of downtown is home to the Arkansas Municipal Auditorium. The Arkansas Municipal Building was constructed in 1928 as a multi-purpose center in the Art Deco and Collegiate Gothic styles. The building houses an intimate theater, Texarkana, Arkansas city offices and the downtown fire station. Hidden in the history of the building are the remains of the city jail long longer in use.

The theater hosted performances from the jazz age through ’70 rock, local school productions, beauty contests, recitals, and civic events.

Perhaps its greatest claim to fame is as one of the primary stops on the Louisiana Hayride circuit, which laid the foundation for modern day rock & roll and country music. Among the performers who have graced its stage are Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Louis Armstrong, Mae West, Jerry Lee Lewis, Kitty Carson, George McCormick and Smiley Wilson. An extensive display in the lobby pays tribute to these artist and the history of the Auditorium.

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