Dreamland Ballroom was the site of an Arkansas Life photo shoot several weeks ago for an article featuring Arkansas’ top “Creatives.” The resulting photos are a sight to behold!
Editor Katie Bridges wrote:
I’ve said “I can’t believe I never knew that place existed!” countless times this month. Innumerous. In fact, I’m fairly certain my colleagues’ eyes must be rolling as they read this.”That place” I’ve been referring to is the storied Dreamland Ballroom, tucked away (and currently undergoing renovation) on the third floor of Arkansas Flag and Banner’s storefront on Ninth street in downtown Little Rock. Built in 1918, it once played host to such soul-stirring greats as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong (!) and Etta James. I could wax poetic about its peeling paint and plaster- clad in corals, cobalts, goldenrods– its graceful, sloping ceiling. It’s diamond-patterned reliefs. Its ability to transport you back in time, imagining yourself lost in Satchmo’s trumpet, Ray Charles’ piano. (more…)