The film “Dream Land” is based on the historic past of Dreamland Ballroom located on the third floor of the Taborian Hall. Currently, the building is home to Arkansas’ FlagandBanner.com which has worked with the non-profit “Friends of Dreamland” to restore the historic site. The television encore presentation will air on AETN April 17, at 9 p.m. Free guided tours of the historic building and ballroom will be held Saturday, April 22 at 1 pm for those wishing to see it live and in person.
AETN and the producers of “Dream Land” said the following about the film, “Little Rock’s West 9th Street was once a vibrant, African-American business and entertainment district. Today, Taborian Hall is the only remaining historic structure on West 9th Street and stands as a living witness to the street’s former glory days.”
“Throughout the 1920s and 30s, West 9th street was home to varied and prominent black businesses and residences. During this period, Taborian Hall housed professional offices, businesses a USO, the Gem Pharmacy and, perhaps its most lively resident, the Dreamland Ballroom.
By the 1920s, Dreamland was firmly established as a stop on the “Chitlin Circuit,” which showcased regional and national African-American band and stage shows. It was also host to local musicians, dances, socials, concerts and sporting events.
This documentary seeks to recognize, memorialize and share the history of West 9thStreet and Dreamland Ballroom – from the spirit and hard work of the people to the implications of federal programs, including Urban Renewal, school desegregation, the Housing Act of 1949 and the Eisenhower Interstate Program.
West 9th Street and the Dreamland Ballroom have waited patiently for the stories of the entrepreneurs and patrons who brought them to life to be told. Through this documentary, audiences will be able to connect with the district’s vivid history and be inspired to take part in its still unfolding future.“
Don’t forget to tune in Monday, April 17, at 9 p.m. and then come attend the free guided tour on April 22 at 1 pm.
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