1717 Wright Ave
Little Rock, AR
The 600-seat Nabor Theatre was built around 1946 to serve what was then a working-class community in the southern part of Little Rock. It was built as a segregated theatre with the main floor for whites and the balcony for blacks. Colored folks used the same ticket window but entered the theatre through a totally separate entrance (possibly on the left side or through a door located where the "Open" sign is in this photo). Fittingly, the Nabor is only about a mile southwest of Little Rock Central High School, which was the scene of a bitter forced integration dispute involving Federal troops in 1957. When I visited the area in 2007, it was a predominantly black neighborhood and the theatre had been converted into the Islamic Center for Human Excellence. A promotional article with photos of the theatre when it was new are located here and here.
Necessity is often not the mother of invention. In many cases, it surely has been just the opposite, and invention has been the mother of necessity. (David Nye)