Broadacres Cinema 6

6661 US Highway 49,
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

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ahollis
ahollis on September 23, 2008 at 11:36 am

Ogden-Perry Theatres first opened this as a twin. Ogden-Perry Theatre chain was out of Baton Rouge, LA and operated theatres throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida. The circuit started in the middle 60’s and ended its life in bankruptcy court in the middle 80’s.

At the time this theatre was built, the general thought was the town of Hattiesburg would grow to the north and the theatre would be in a great location. As fates would have it, the town grew to the West and a by-pass around town cut off this theatre.

At the time it was built, it was a major player with only two other theatres operating in town, The Hardy Street Twin (a single rudely converted) and Clover Mall Triple (a twin also rudely converted). The booking policy was very ambitious and the theatre was always playing the top the film.

O’Neal Theatre acquired this location through bankruptcy court, which by then the theatre was a quad through conversion. O’Neal added two other auditoriums over the years. United Artists built a nine screen theatre in the 1995 in a new mall west of town and while this put a dent into Broadacres, the theatre still was able to get enough film to survive. In 2005, a new 14 screen stadium theatre was built by Southern Theatres and took the breath of life out of both Broad acres and the United Artists theatre.