Two Titles Added to October 10 Saturday Cinema at Walton Arts Center

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, September 28, 2020Walton Arts Center has added an animated, family friendly film and a Broadway musical movie to the Saturday Cinema lineup for October 10.

Inspired by the true story of the first giraffe to visit France, Zarafa is a sumptuously animated adventure, and a throwback to a bygone era of hand-drawn animation and epic storytelling set among sweeping CinemaScope vistas of parched desert, wind-swept mountains and open skies. Zarafa will be screened at 2 pm, and tickets are $10.

Captured in 2018 at London’s Theatre Royal, 42nd Street – The Musical, was directed by the original author of the show, Mark Bramble. It’s full of crowd-pleasing tap dances and popular musical theater standards including “Lullaby of Broadway”, “We’re in the Money”, “42nd Street” and more. 42nd Street will be screened at 7 pm, and tickets are $15.

Tickets for these films go on sale to the public 10 am on Tuesday, Sept. 29 and can be purchased by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting

Films will be screened in Baum Walker Hall, where it is possible to provide adequate distance between patron groups. Walton Arts Center has additional health and safety precautions in place that have been approved by the Arkansas Department of Health.

Masks are required and physical distancing will be in place. Cashless concessions will be available. For details about all of the health and safety protocols for these and future movie screenings at Walton Arts Center visit

While large-scale performances are suspended through the end of 2020 smaller-scale intermission programming, including Saturday Cinema, is made possible in part by the Ghost Light Recovery Fund.

About the films:


Under the cover of darkness, a small boy, Maki, loosens the shackles that bind him and escapes into the desert night. Pursued by slavers across the moon-lit savannah, Maki meets Zarafa, a baby giraffe – and an orphan, just like him – as well as the nomad Hassan, Prince of the Desert. Hassan takes them to Alexandria for an audience with the Pasha of Egypt, who orders him to deliver the exotic animal as a gift to King Charles of France. Maki, Zarafa and Hassan take off in a hot-air balloon to cross the Mediterranean, setting off an adventure across Northern Africa, the bustling port of Marseilles, and over the snow-capped peaks of the Alps, arriving at last in Paris. But all the while, Maki is determined to find a way to return Zarafa to her rightful home.

42nd Street – The Musical

One of Broadway’s most classic and beloved tales, 42nd Street comes to cinema screens in the largest production of the breathtaking musical. Set in 1933, the musical tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway.

Support for Walton Arts Center is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 215,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 300 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 250 volunteers donate 28,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to enjoy world-class performances at a great price. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit