Gulf Theatre

1408 27th Avenue,
Gulfport, MS 39501

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The facade of the theatre was green and beige glass tile. The box office was located to the left of the entrance. The Gulf Theatre was a second run house and usually played double or triple features.

When orginally built as the Legion Theatre in 1941, the huge support pole in front of the entrance was covered with small squares of mirrors. The remaining pieces were eventually removed due problems with people peeling the small mirror sections off the support.

The theatre was jointly owned by the Ortte family and the local American Legion post. In 1952, the joint owners opened a new modern and much larger theatre on 13th Street that was their new Legion Theatre. The old theatre then became the Gulf Theatre and remained open into the 1980’s when it was closed and demolished during urban renewal.

Contributed by Wayne Saucier

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wsaucier on June 8, 2009 at 2:49 am

The Hancock Bank parking garage now occupies the entire block in downtown Gulfport where the Gulf Theatre was located.

wsaucier on July 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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