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wsaucier commented about Paramount Theatre on Jul 24, 2014 at 10:41 pm

A few more facts about the Strand Theatre in Gulfport.

The Strand Theatre closed in Mid October 1930 for extensive remodeling which included new wall boarding for better acoustics,new deluxe seats,new heating and cooling facilities, all new projection equipment and a decrease in the size and lowering of its stage to add more seating as well as a new entrance and doors. The Robert Morton Pipe Organ with its pipes that had been in use at the theatre since it opened were removed and donated by Publix Theatres/Strand Theatre to the First Baptist Church of Gulfport in March 1930.

Three days after the Strand closed all the projection equipment and other equipment was moved to it’s sister theatre, the Anderson Theatre, which itself had just undergone extensive remodeling.

The all new theatre opened again with great fanfare on Saturday December 20, 1930 as the all new Paramount Theatre.

The opening program for the Paramount on December 20,1930 was the feature “Along Came Youth” with Charles Rogers, Stu Erwin and Francis Dee along with three featurettes. Admission for the opening program which started at 12 noon was adults 50 cents until 5 pm, 55 cents after 5 pm and children 10 cents. No actual changes were made to the Paramount after it opened in 1930 until the mid 1960’s when it was again remodeled.

The 1930 advertisement for the opening if the new Paramount used the slogan “Host to the Coast” and it lived up to that motto until its final demise. I loved that old theatre!

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wsaucier commented about Beverly Drive-In on Aug 31, 2013 at 7:25 pm

The Beverly screen tower and the home under it was destroyed in a fire. The concession and booth building was demolished. There is nothing left but a empty field. The vacant land is for sale

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wsaucier commented about Regal Theatre on Apr 3, 2013 at 9:02 pm

The Ritz Theatre was opened on June 21, 1940 in a west Gulfport residential area by the owners of the Royal Theatre in downtown Gulfport and seated 300. Its name was changed sometime in the early 1950’s to the Regal Theatre.

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wsaucier commented about Avenue Theatre on Dec 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm

The Avenue Theatre was opened at 4 pm on Thursday Feburary 3, 1949. The opening picture was Paramount’s 1948 comedy “Miss Tatlock’s Millions” starring John Lund, Wanda Hendrix, Barry Fitzgerald and Monty Wooley.

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wsaucier commented about Sand Theatre on Dec 19, 2012 at 7:10 am

The opening day for the Dome Theatre was March 17,1971 and it held its grand opening on March 26, 1971.

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wsaucier commented about Paramount Theatre on Dec 8, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Jim, it was not the Paramount that burned. The Sand Theatre (formerly Legion Theatre) on 13th owned by the American Legion and Ed Ortte of Bay St. Louis burned in 1973. Woolworth’s next to the Paramount burned, not the Paramount. The Paramount which had smoke damage from the Woolworth fire was demolished in the 1990’s after a group was formed to try and save it was unsuccessful in raising the money to buy and restore it. The city of Gulfport was offered the theatre for $150,000 by its owner but the city did not want to buy it, so it was demolished. Several years before the Woolworth fire the old Palace Restaurant on the other side of the Paramount partly burned and the Paramount received smoke damage from that fire too.

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wsaucier commented about Gulf Theatre on Oct 5, 2012 at 6:25 am

The article on the Gulf Theatre being destroyed the fire gives the date of the fire as Nov. 20, 1938 at 11 pm. The fire was well underway by the time the fire department arrived and spread to the adjoining building. Both were total losses. It gives the opening date for the Gulf as in June of 1937 and said it seated 300.

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wsaucier commented about Don Theatre on Sep 30, 2012 at 4:49 am

The Royal Theatre closed and reopened on September 3, 1949 as the Don Theatre after under going some remodeling and marquee changes. The opening picture for the new Don Theatre was a late show at 10 pm on September 3rd. The opening feature was the James Stewart and June Allyson picture “The Stratton Story”.

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wsaucier commented about Don Theatre on Sep 30, 2012 at 4:09 am

The Royal opened at 1 pm on Monday May 6, 1940, and seated 498. The opening feature was Deanna Durbin in the Univesal Picture “It’s A Date”, along with a newsreel and cartoon.

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wsaucier commented about Legion Theatre on Sep 22, 2012 at 7:14 pm

The seaing for this theatre which was opened in 1941 should be 600, not 1200.

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wsaucier commented about Roxy Theatre on Sep 22, 2012 at 12:44 am

The Roxy Theatre opened on July 12, 1941 at 1 pm with the Republic Pictures western “The Trusted Outlaw” starring Bob Steele. The opening program also included a serial and cartoon.

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wsaucier commented about Sand Theatre on Sep 2, 2012 at 7:08 am

The ad pictured for the Sand Theatre ran in the local newspaper on Sunday March 4, 1973. That night after the theatre closed a fire of undetermined origin extensively damaged the balcony and booth area. Part of the balcony collapsed into the lobby area and bottoms of the seats under the balcony were burned. It was announced that over $150,000 in damages to the interior occurred. The Sand never reopened even though it was announced it would be rebuilt as soon as possible.

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wsaucier commented about Star Theatre on Jul 29, 2012 at 4:50 pm

The Star Theatre was opened on January 14, 1947 as a second run house. The Star Theatre had been a onetime dance hall and silent movie house before it was remodeled as a movie theatre by the Meyer brothers of Biloxi and had 400 seats, according to a newspaper article announcing its opening. The Meyer brothers also operated the Meyer, Avenue and Harlem Theatres in Biloxi.

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wsaucier commented about Joy Theater on Jul 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm

The Joy Theatre was located at 1624 East Howard Avenue, Biloxi, MS. When first constructed, the theatre remained open for only a short time and was then closed. Later, the building was purchased by a new owner from J. J. Yeager. The new owner remodeled the Joy and operated it for a few years. On Dec 31, 1955 an ad appeared in the local newspaper advertising a bankrupcy sale by the courts for the building and all contents. The operator defaulted on his mortgage and Yeager foreclosed on it. The Joy never was reopened.

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wsaucier commented about Meyer Theatre on Aug 18, 2011 at 12:48 am

The Meyer Theatre opened on May 17, 1940. It’s opening picture that evening was “Alias The Deacon” with comedian and radio humorist Bob Burns. The Meyer was designed by local architect Jack Fayard and had 400 seats in the main auditorium and 200 seats in the balcony. The wood frame 40 by 110 feet building was sold in January 1960 by the Meyers family to B & D Theatres of Biloxi, who were opening several old closed theatres in the area, for the sum of $60,000.

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wsaucier commented about Harlem Theatre on Aug 18, 2011 at 12:26 am

Henry Meyers actually opened the 525 seat Harlem Theatre on July 5, 1941.

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wsaucier commented about Bayview Theatre on Aug 18, 2011 at 12:22 am

The Bay View Theatre opened on November 30, 1946 with “Caesar and Cleopatra” with Vivian Leigh and Claude Rains. The building was designed by the firm of Collins and Collins at a cost of over $60,000 dollars. The building was 50 feet by 100 feet and cooled by a 40 ton air conditioning unit. It closed around 1959 and converted to Bay View Bowling, which opened on January 19, 1960. It burned down in December of 1964.

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wsaucier commented about Royal Drive-In on Jul 10, 2011 at 5:43 am

The Royal Drive In screen tower was still standing when I passed through Meridian in May 2011. Still looks like the pic posted above.

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wsaucier commented about Meridian Drive-In on Jul 10, 2011 at 5:38 am

I passed by the old Royal Drive In in May. The screen tower is still standing and the entire site is over grown. The colorful shell of the screen tower has faded.

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wsaucier commented about Gulf Theatre on Jul 10, 2011 at 5:30 am

One main thing I remember about the Gulf was its booth. It was small and cramped. There was just enough room between machines for a small size person to fit during change overs. The projectionest, Leroy, who worked the first shift, being a large man, had to be very careful in squeezing between the machines and many times would push the machine running out of alignment and the picture would go off the screen and partly on the left wall until he got it straight again.

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wsaucier commented about Paramount Theatre on Jun 22, 2011 at 6:18 am

When looking at the picture above, the Paramount would have been located in front of the white van, to its left was the Paramount Cafe and to its right was the Woolworth store and then Brumfield Drug. As kids we always went first to the Brumfield Drug store to purchase candy before going to the Paramount. A small jewery store was located in the Paramount to the left next to the cafe. The jewery store closed when the Paramount was remodeled in the 1960’s and the lobby was expanded into its space. I remember the Paramount’s booth was small and crampted and when you looked out the port holes, you were looking downward to the screen and stage.

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wsaucier commented about Hardy Court Cinema Six on Jun 22, 2011 at 5:47 am

If you look closely at the blue sign on the right in the photo, it says “Hardy Court” on it. This is what remains of the sign and bill board that was located at the entrance to the parking lot for the Hardy Court Cinema which was located to the left in the blank area of the picture before the big building that looks like a house.

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wsaucier commented about Center Theater on Jun 12, 2011 at 6:01 am

I was stationed at Fort Hood in 1965 and 1966. I remember going to this theatre. It was fairly new and I don’t think it had been open too long. If I recall correctly, it was called the Killeen Theatre back then and not the Center. Anyone familiar with this old theatre?

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wsaucier commented about Legion Theatre on May 30, 2011 at 7:39 pm

When looking at the Google photo, the Legion Theatre’s entrance was about where the white car is parked.

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wsaucier commented about Ideal Theater on Mar 30, 2011 at 5:32 am

Philbert, you brought back memories of “Noah’s Ark” for me. We played it on a double feature back in about 1956 along with a little British comedy with Donald Sindon and Diana Dors called “An Alligator Named Daisy”. The only memorable thing about “Ark” was the flood scenes. The Diana Dors comedy made up for “Ark” and we had a fairly good run due to “Daisy”. We normally never played double features, that was one of about only three double features that I can recall. Could never understand why our booker stuck “Ark” on us. It was orginally scheduled as a single attraction for those three days. “Daisy” was added only two days before the scheduled run. Guess someone had second thoughts. I remember we ran “La Dolce Vita” for a week to fair business. We always pulled a picture early if it did not do good. We actually got sued for doing that with “Spartacus” in 1960, and wound up putting it at our second run house for a two weeks to settle with the distributor and brought it back two months later at that second run house on a double feature for three days.