Surfside Cinema

1756 Beach Boulevard,
Biloxi, MS 39531

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Previously operated by: Gulf International Cinemas, Gulf States Theatres, United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

Previous Names: Surfside Twin Cinema

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The Surfside Twin Cinema was opened November 24, 1971 with John Phillip Law in “The Love Machine” & Terence Hill in “They Call Me Trinity”. Operated by Gulf States Theatres, it was located in Biloxi, Mississippi on West Highway 90 (West Beach Boulevard) between Veterans Avenue and Travis Avenue.

It was one of the first theatres in the area with rockin chair seats. In the mid-1970’s two additional auditoriums were built on the south end of the building bringing it to a total of 4 screens. It was operated by Gulf States Theatres, Gulf International Cinemas and last by United Artists Theatres.

United Aritsts closed it in September 1997. It operated as Studio 90 night club for a number of years and has been vacant now for a number of years.

Contributed by Wayne Saucier

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

ahollis on January 31, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Gulf States tried for many years to add more screens to this location and never could make it work. United Artists closed the theatre and Edgewater Mall when they opened the Biloxi Ten.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 23, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Bad location? why couldn’t it work.Bad Booking?

jeffconn on June 18, 2011 at 12:11 am

The Surfside was set off Highway 90 a bit, and the location isn’t quite close to anything. A few years ago, there was a sign on the site announcing a new high-end condo development. But the economy may have killed that project, and may have delayed the demolition of the Surfside.

a_hollis on August 17, 2011 at 8:45 pm

The theatre worked well and had great grosses, it was that GST never could find a way to add screens. The lobby was in the middle with two screens to the north and two screens to the south. The east front was the parking lot and another store and the west was an RV site and the property was not owned by the landlords. Surfside Four had a ton of great films and did well. It was just old and run down in it’s last years.

rivest266 on February 2, 2013 at 3:39 pm

This opened on November 24th, 1971. Grand opening ad uploaded here.

fasterandlouder on October 29, 2015 at 5:32 pm

Enjoyed myself going to this theater also from 1979 – 1981. Right off 90.

rivest266 on July 23, 2021 at 10:55 am

UA could have built a new cinema in the back of the large parking lot and demolished the older cinema in front in response to the 2010 and 2011 comments.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 11, 2022 at 3:10 pm

Boxofficeof June 21, 1971 said that the new Gulf States twin theater under construction in Biloxi would seat 750, with 450 in the larger auditorium and 300 in the smaller. As an economy move, both auditoriums would be served by a single booth employing a single projectionist. Gulf States had a similar twin under construction in Vicksburg.

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