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I may be incorrect is stating that the Rebel Theater was next to Sackler’s Furniture Store.Newspaper archives report that it was the Ritz at the site pictured.
I will go the library archives and correct any misinformation.
The Rebel theater that I recall was located on Pine Street next to Sackler’s Furniture Store which is a block west down from the U.S. Post Office. There is a possibilty that the LOMO occupied the lot adjacent to the Sackler Store lot after moving from the Magnolia Building that was directly across the street (south) from the U. S. Post Office. In the early 1940s, there was a Belk’s Deparmtent Store across from the U.S. Post Office.
The Rebel occupied the building next to Sackler’s Furniture store, just a block west of the U.S. Post Office on Pine Street. Tickets were a dime. There were literally rats in the theater. BTW,the Saenger DOES still exist, but not as a motion picture theater. There was a LOMO theater across the street U.S. Post Office in the Magnolia Building in the 1930s. I think it closed in the late 40s.
The theater building is now an art studio occupied by Charles Price. I spent many hours there watching the Cecil De Mille bible movies and the war movies that dominated the film industry during the late 1940s and early 1950s. There were three theaters in the old town part of Hattiesburg during that period: The Royal; the Rebel; and the Saenger. None exists as a film theater there now. The