Texarkana, Arkansas landmark to get much needed TLC

Past musical acts include Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino

Texarkana, Arkansas landmark to get much needed TLC
(Fred Gamble)

TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) - The Texarkana, Arkansas Municipal Auditorium has been disused for the last 40 years.

However, over the last 15 years, work has been done to revitalize the building.

The Municipal Auditorium is located at Texarkana Arkansas City Hall and was built in 1928. The building was once the show place for many legendary performers such as Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino

The Auditorium had become in disarray since its closure in the 1970s. However, 16 years ago a commission was established to bring the facility back to life.

“We had great plans for completely renovating the entire theater and the entire office area and the entire fire station,” said John Thomas, President Arkansas Municipal Auditorium Commission.

Thomas said those plans were put on hold do to a lack of money, that is until the past couple of years.

With the help of private donations and matching government funds, leaders with the Arkansas Municipal Auditorium Commission have worked to make the facility usable again.

Officials say although progress has been made they still have a ways to go before the Auditorium is back to it’s glory days.

Thomas said beginning next month they hope to open the historical auditorium as a rehearsal venue for local performers.

“We are trying trying to do something to get this old building as old as it is what it could be is just really phenomenal,” Thomas said.

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