Sand Theatre

1410 25th Avenue,
Gulfport, MS 39501

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Dome Theatre

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The Dome Theatre, a small theatre located on 25th Avenue in downtown Gulfport, was opened in the early-1970’s as a first-run house. It was located in the old Firestone Tire store building that was converted to house the theatre. The theatre had a wall to wall screen with a gold color travel curtain with matching wall drapery. The back emergency exit was dug out with steps going down in front of the screen and back up in back of the screen to the fire exit. The local owners had purchased the seating and booth equiptment from the old Lobe Theatre of Long Beach, Mississippi that had closed and was being converted to a store.

The theatre operated until sometime in the late-1980’s or early-1990’s. The seating was worn out and seats were closely spaced. This did not help business. The theatre was renamed Sand Theatre in later years and ran mainly second-run pictures. In its last years the owner ran X-rated movies after the regular first or second run program had ended for the day, usually at midnight.

The theatre’s projectionest finally purchased the theatre and ran it for several more years showing kung-fu type movies and other action movies until it was finally closed. The building was then gutted and remodeled into an office building.

Contributed by Wayne Saucier

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KenRoe
KenRoe on December 4, 2009 at 12:11 pm

A 1982 photograph of the Sand Theatre:
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wsaucier
wsaucier on December 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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