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A Little Background Info Formerly known as the Jospeph Taylor Robinson Memorial Auditorium, this historical building was built downtown during the Great Depression as a Public Works Administration (PWA) project. This was just one of the many projects required during this time to help revive the economy. Construction began on December 27 of 1937 and was completed two years later. Prior to this major installment to our city, Central High School was the largest auditorium for concerts other public events. It was first used as a basketball court for high school games, but was rapidly taken over by orchestral performances, ballet, and other traveling performances. During the 1940's it was used as a community center where ping pong, bridge, checkers, shuffleboard, and domino tournaments were held. (Teske)
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Beautifully constructed, this complexs' most notable arcitectural features are the south facade and the towering Greek Revival inspired colums that line the entrance. But there is much more than meets the eye with this Little Rock landmark. In addition to the main stage and arena seating, it also has mezzanine and balcony seating 2,609 in all. It also holds an exhibition hall as well as two conference rooms. ("Floor Plans and Compacity") Added in 1973 were the underground parking deck and an attached hotel to the west. (Teske) Considering Robinson is located downtown, these are two additions that were greatly needed. The food at the Double Tree hotel is magnificent and the parking deck is very convenient. That is, if you get there early. Spots fill up quickly and trying to find parking downtown is always a drag. When it comes to seating, it really depends on the type of show being performed. Since tickets are sometimes pricey, I would suggest if you are trying to save money to sit in the mezzanine or balcony seats. Robsinson is not like other intimate theaters you will find in New York which are designed to keep most of the audience close

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