Arkansas Municipal Auditorium

Texarkana, Arkansas

Shannon Kennedy

The Municipal Building of Texarkana, Arkansas, is located at Walnut and Third Streets in the downtown of the city. The Arkansas Municipal Building was built as a multi-purpose center in 1928 in the Art Deco and Collegiate Gothic styles. The AMA building houses an intimate theater, Texarkana, Arkansas city offices, a small jail, and a downtown fire station. 

The theater hosted performances from the jazz age through '70 rock, local school productions, beauty contests, recitals, and civic events.

Perhaps its greatest claim to fame is as one of the primary stops on the Louisiana Hayride circuit, which laid the foundation for modern day rock & roll and country music.

In the lobby there is a large display of famous performers that once performed on stage of Texarkana's Arkansas Municipal Auditorium such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Louis Armstrong, Mae West, Jerry Lee Lewis, Kitty Carson, George McCormick, Smiley Wilson and many more. 

Texarkana, Arkansas has a mission to restore and revive the culturally and historically significant Arkansas Municipal Auditorium as a visual and performing arts center for all Texarkana residents and visitors as well as to benefit our children's education and revitalize downtown Texarkana. 

Scotty Moore & Elvis Interview on Show at the Texarkana Arkansas Municipal Auditorium. (Introducing Johnny Cash and Insights of Elvis' Love of Texarkana and his Future.)

Scotty Moore - Arkansas Municipal Auditorium Texarkana, AR

The importance as a railroad junction caused the city to grow rapidly as railroad traffic grew in the area. By the 1920s, Texarkana was a major railroad center in the region, which brought about the need for a new municipal building.

The Walk of Fame Park is right beside the Arkansas Municipal Auditorium on Third & Walnut Streets, Texarkana, Arkansas 71854.