Dreamland Ballroom: 1930s Love Affair

From – Arkansas Free Press
Written by Tracy Crain
Mar 16, 2011 at 07:45 PM

“You will fall in love with it,” Kerry McCoy, owner of Arkansas Flag and Banner, says lightheartedly. “The Dreamland Ballroom is the smallest performing theatre on the Chitlin Circuit. The heyday for this type of event was back in the 30s, with performers like Bebe King, Jordan, and Red Fox. The list is incredible.”

She continued, “You come out to Dreamland and you are going to find it exactly like it was in the 1930s. We have not done one thing to destroy its character.”

If seeing is believing, a good chance to find out more about the Dreamland Ballroom is this weekend, March 19, during the “Bringing Back the Ballroom” Concert and Dance Party, Big Smith & Johnson’s Crossroad Event.

“It’s a great place to come if you like good music, a great atmosphere, and cool people,” McCoy said. “I first fell in love with the Taborian Hall from its outside appearance, a stately, three story, red brick building, standing alone on I-630, abandoned, with a huge hole in the roof, letting in the sun and rain. I always envisioned, my company, Arkansas Flag and Banner, housed in a building of such grandeur.”

The FlagandBanner.com headquarters and storefront now reside in the same building as the historic Taborian Hall and Dreamland Ballroom, which has since been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior and Arkansas Historic Preservation Society.

Doors for the “Bringing Back the Ballroom” Concert open at 7p.m.. Show starts at 7:30p.m. Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased online at http://www.dreamlandballroom.com/

Located at 800 West Ninth Street in the historic district of Little Rock, individuals can get additional information by phoning (501) 255-5700.

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