Saenger Theatre

201 Forrest Street,
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

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Saenger Theatre

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The Saenger Theatre opened on November 21, 1929, designed by Emile Weil, and operated as a movie house until the mid-1970’s. It has been restored and today operates as a venue for live performances.

The original Robert Morton theatre organ is still in the building.

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Patsy on September 11, 2005 at 5:51 am

This is a college town so glad to read that this MS Saenger Theatre has been restored and today operates as a venue ofr live performances (and movies?)though I wonder what the current status is due to Katrina?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 26, 2005 at 12:55 pm

This is supposed to be a photo of the Saenger Theater in Hattiesburg. You be the judge.

Patsy on September 26, 2005 at 3:12 pm

Looks fine to me, but then again suppose the color photo was taken pre-Katrina!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 25, 2005 at 9:08 am

This is the website for the Saenger in Hattiesburg.

Patsy on October 25, 2005 at 11:51 am

Interesting to read the history of the Saenger on their website!

crunchie on December 6, 2005 at 1:22 am

I saw Disney’s “Song Of The South” at this old theater back in 1972. It was glorious on the big screen. I’m glad to see it’s fine after Katrina.

kencmcintyre on February 26, 2007 at 5:42 pm

Remember all the fuss about “The Exorcist” in 1974?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 2, 2008 at 11:20 am

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Saenger Theatre (added 1979 – Building – #79001307)
Also known as Saenger Center
Forrest and Front Sts., Hattiesburg

Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Weil,Emil
Architectural Style: Art Deco
Area of Significance: Architecture, Entertainment/Recreation
Period of Significance: 1925-1949
Owner: Local Gov't
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Commerce/Trade, Recreation And Culture
Current Sub-function: Specialty Store, Theater

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 1, 2009 at 6:16 pm

This is another 1982 photo.

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