PAPER TRAILS: Retro fun rolling into Little Rock

BY LINDA CAILLOUET – Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

LITTLE ROCK — DATE WITH A DRIVE-IN: Back in the late ’80s, this columnist, then a young reporter, embarked on a quest to find a mystic relic from the past her generation had missed – the then-nearly extinct drive-in theater. Success was found at the Galaxy Drive-In in Hammond, La. Pity the younger generations who’ve never experienced one!

But the folks at Arkansas Flag and Banner and nonprofit preservation group Friends of Dreamland Ballroom, in their thinking-outsidethe-box quest to restore the historic ballroom atop the business’ downtown building, Taborian Hall, are reviving this American icon.

Beginning last Saturday and running through July 24, at 8:30 p.m. every other Saturday night, the parking lot behind the building at 800 W. Ninth St. will be transformed into an oldtime drive-in. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and concessions of beer, soft drinks, hot dogs and more will be sold.

$20 a car or $5 a person for walk-ups. May 22, Reefer Madness/Sex Madness; June 12, Night of the Living Dead; June 26, The Outlaw; July 10, The Little Princess (Family Night); and July 24, The Fast and the Furious.

Paper Trails appears Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Contact Linda Caillouet at (501) 399-3636 or at

This article was published May 12, 2010 at 4:28 a.m.
Arkansas, Pages 9 on 05/12/2010

A Night of Blues with the Unseen Eye

handbill_single.jpgLittle Rock, AR-May 11th, 2010– Want to hear some blues from local musicians and an old timer that actually played the Dreamland Ballroom? The Friends of Dreamland Ballroom (a non-profit working to restore the ballroom at the top of Taborian Hall) presents “A Night of Blues” on Thursday, May 13 in Doc’s Pool Hall at 800 W Ninth St. (Arkansas Flag and Banner building).

The featured performers include: blues singer Gil Franklin; the Unseen Eye, with band members Chad Carter, Jobe Kara, and “Chicken” James Dorris, who performed in the Dreamland Ballroom during its glory days.

“Not only will this event be fun,” says Dreamland Chairman Kerry McCoy, “but we’re also hoping that we can educate people about the musical significance that Dreamland once played in Little Rock’s Jazz and Blues community.”

Doors open at 8pm and bands will go on at 9pm. It’s $7 at the door (and maybe bring a little extra cash for the donation bar!). All proceeds will go toward the Dreamland Ballroom renovation efforts.

Take a look at our Facebook Event

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Phone: 501-255-5700

Prom Pictures at Dreamland Ballroom

sara-eldred-118-copy.JPGAnother perk of buying a brick for the Dreamland Ballroom is you have access to the Dreamland for photo shoots! Take your prom pictures, wedding pictures, fashion show photo shoots, theater and arts photos, and so much more. Unfortunately we can not do car shows in the dreamland, but you could try and drive a motorcycle up there (We want pics of that!!!)
sara-eldred-083-copy-2-2.JPGHere are some recent shots of Chase Reid and his girlfriend, Sara Eldred for prom. Chase is a junior at Parkview High School and Sara is a senior at North Little Rock High School. These photos were taken April 23, 2010 the same day as the prom.


So buy a brick today and support the Dreamland Ballroom! We want you to enjoy it as much as we do. Help us bring the party back!

To book your photo shoot please call 1-501-255-5700.
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Drive-In Movies are Back in Little Rock

Drive-In Movies are Back in Little Rock
May 5, 2010 12:00 AM
Kerry Kraus

dreamlandballroom.jpgHow long has it been since you’ve been to a drive-in movie? For some people, the question is, have you ever been to a drive-in movie? Experience the nostalgia of the drive-in movie while helping a good cause this Saturday as the Friends of Dreamland Ballroom hosts the first of six showings.

The May 8 showing of Charade begins at sundown, approximately 8:30 p.m. The 1963 romantic thriller stars Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. Concessions selling hot dogs, soft drinks, bottled water, Yarnell’s ice cream and Diamond Bear Brewery beer are on-site.

The screenings are projected on the back of the historic Arkansas Flag and Banner building, also known as Taborian Hall, with the audio broadcast through your car radio, courtesy of AV Arkansas. Viewers should find their spot in the rear parking lot behind Arkansas Flag and Banner.

The subsequent movies are going to be shown every second and fourth Saturday from May through September. According to Friends of Dreamland Ballroom, the movies to be shown cover a broad spectrum in hopes of having something for everyone.

Taborian Hall is one of Little Rock’s most important historic structures. During its heyday, the ballroom played host to Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra, B.B. King, Duke Ellington, Arkansas-native Al Hibbler, Nat King Cole and his Trio, Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzie Gillespie, and Arkansas’s-own Louis Jordan.

Admission is $20 per car or $5 for walk-ups, who should bring their own lawn chairs. Arkansas Flag and Banner is located at 800 West 9th Street in downtown Little Rock. More information on the ongoing work on the ballroom, visit

Proceeds from the movie series go toward restoration of the ballroom. Other scheduled showings are:

May 22: Reefer Madness/Sex Madness (1936/1938 – two exploitation films)

June 12: Night of the Living Dead (George A. Romero’s 1968 cult favorite)

June 26: The Outlaw (1943 Howard Hughes-directed film starring Jane Russell)

July 10: The Little Princess (1939 classic starring Shirley Temple)

July 24: The Fast and The Furious (1955 starring John Ireland)