Arabian Theatre

408 N. 5th Avenue,
Laurel, MS 39440

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kencmcintyre on January 18, 2010 at 3:11 am

Here is a July 1965 ad from the Laurel Leader-Call:

kencmcintyre on December 18, 2008 at 8:40 pm

A.L. Royal ran this theater as well as several others in Mississippi, most of them named Royal, as part of his eponymous circuit in the early 1960s.

WestHughes on June 12, 2008 at 1:05 am

a couple updates on this theatre…..most of what was originally written here about the Arabian seems to come from a city website that contained these errors…….hope that it can be changed to get the info all corrected……

**it’s actually still called the Arabian, but our community theatre group Laurel Little Theatre now owns and operates it for live performances…..probably would be best to retitle this venue and list it under “Arabian”

**architect was Emile Weil who did most all of the Saenger Brothers properties along the Gulf Coast

**original seating was total of 900 (not 630) but many seats removed to build a full stage and now seats 255

**the actual opening of the Arabian was April 1, 1927……..(not 1929)

**the text posted says the theatre sat vacant since the 60s, but it was actually operated as a movie house up until 1976……it was vacant just a year when we bought it and renovated as our own Laurel Little Theatre opening in 1977

**there is no screen in the house at this time, our group does 4-5 live stage shows each year and then the place is also used for other performances, meetings, concerts by various other groups

**style of the house is Moroccan and Egyptian

**firm…was originally part of the Saenger Bros

**i have many other photos of the Arabian on our group’s website…

West Hughes, LLT Historian