Jeff Davis Avenue,
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The Lobe was opened by the Lacy family in the city of Long Beach, Mississippi and operated by the family for many years. The front was white plaster and the auditorium was brown with brown upholstered chairs. The box office was part of the concession and its cashier helped in the concession too. The theatre’s stage was equipped with an electric travel curtain.
There was a large apartment located in the space underneath the balcony with its entrance in back of the building next to the theatre. That store was also part of the theatre building. I remember the theatre having a hugh projection booth the width of the entire building.
The theatre was closed for many years but reopened by one of Mr. Lacy’s daughters in the early 1960’s and operated by the members of her family. They later closed it themselves and it was used by a band for dances for awhile after rows of seats were removed in front of the stage. Later it was sold and a furniture store opened in the building. The building was heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and was demolished shortly after.
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