U.S. Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport Gymnasium Theater

Naval Construction Battalion Center,
Gulfport, MS 39501

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The base is a SeaBee base. SeaBee comes from the first letters of Construction Battalion. The base suffered major damage by Hurricane Katrina in August, 2005 .A new theater was being built and a new Navy Exchange, (a Navy store like a Wal-mart) was to be built on the site of Smith Memorial Theater.To speed construction up and in order to allow simultaneous construction of a new theater and Navy Exchange, the Navy agreed to allow demolition of the theater before the completion of the new theater. In the mean time, the installation of an inflatable gym (bubble) allowed exercise equipment to be moved out of the gymnasium so the gym could be converted into this theater. This all happened in between 2005 and before 2009.

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