This alley going east-west was known as “Little Broadway,” because the New Theater was located here to the west of 212 along with a restaurant, pool hall/beer joint, and a barber shop. The New Theater was purchased by two men from Nashville, TN in 1972 and renamed the Cinema Theater. Then in 1974, Larry Hudson and John Walter of Monticello (or JO-LAR Enterprises, Inc.) bought the theater. The name was later changed to the Arkansas Theater, and it was destroyed by fire in June 1977.
Rather than being formed by intersecting streets, DeWitt’s court square was designed as a continuous street around a public square with one access street in the middle of each block. The northwest, northeast, and southwest corners have unique lots containing buildings with chamfered corner entrances. The town was platted in such a way that people wouldn’t just pass through the downtown and keep going—the courthouse and square would be your final des- tination. This is an extremely rare layout for a court square—I’ve never seen another town like it.