Hempstead Hall, the performing arts and conference center on the University of Arkansas Hope –Texarkana's Hope campus, will remain closed to the public until at least December 2020 due to public health and safety measures surrounding COVID-19.

According to a press release, all clients have been notified of the closure and no future bookings are being taken at this time. But just because in-person events will not be taking place within the walls of the building, that does not mean the entertainment and community enrichment has stopped. The Hempstead Hall team has learned many new skills during the pandemic, such as how to create virtual events.”Hempstead Hall recently produced a live-streamed concert featuring local band, South Down Main, which benefitted the Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce and raised over $15,000 for the Chamber. Another event recently was the ‘NOT The Watermelon Festival Concert CONCERT with the Chamber.

Hempstead Hall will host several other upcoming virtual events including two concert events in October as well as five drive-in movies throughout the fall. The pop-up movies in the parking lot was a huge hit in the Spring and are back by popular demand. There will be two movie nights to kick-off the opening weekend.

Drive-in Movie Schedule: 7PM

September 25–Knives Out

September 26- Troll World Tour

October 9–Just Mercy

October 23–The Nightmare Before Christmas

November 6–Rudy

November 20 –Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

All drive-in movies will be held behind the Science and Technology Building on the Hope campus. The cost is $15 per vehicle and tickets may be purchased in advance at hempsteadhall.comor may be purchased the night of the movie. Remember, COVID-19 health safety protocols will be required to be followed by all movie-goers while on campus.

Upcoming Concerts:

October 2–HH Unplugged featuring an acoustic performance by Bitsy Carter and Jeff Smith

October 15–a night of music arranged by Arnetta Bradford to show appreciation for those in the community who have been affected by COVID-19.

For sponsorship opportunities and more information about each event, please visit their website or Facebook page.