Rebel Theatre

116 W. Pine Street,
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

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Previously operated by: Gulf States Theatres, Paramount-Gulf States, Paramount-Publix, Publix Theaters Corporation

Previous Names: Lomo Theatre, New Lomo Theatre

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Rebel Theatre

The Lomo Theatre was opened on September 7, 1910 and closed due to bankruptcy in 1914. A new building was constructed on W. Pine Street which opened on as the New Lomo Theatre on October 21, 1915. It closed as a silent movie theatre in 1929. It was equipped for talkies and reopened in 1933 with seating listed at 600. Through its life it was operated by Publix, Paramount-Richards and Paramount Gulf States.

On April 12, 1952 it was renamed Rebel Theatre (not to be confused with the Rose/Ritz/Rebel Theatre which has its own page on Cinema Treasures). The Rebel Theatre was closed around November 1958. It has since been demolished. There is a parking garage where the theatre once stood.

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rivest266 on April 17, 2017 at 3:01 pm

The Lomo’s listed stopped in 1951 and the Rebel theatre opened across from the post office on April 12th, 1952. Is this the same theatre?

ThomasGentry on February 16, 2018 at 2:26 pm

The Rebel theater that I recall was located on Pine Street next to Sackler’s Furniture Store which is a block west down from the U.S. Post Office. There is a possibilty that the LOMO occupied the lot adjacent to the Sackler Store lot after moving from the Magnolia Building that was directly across the street (south) from the U. S. Post Office. In the early 1940s, there was a Belk’s Deparmtent Store across from the U.S. Post Office.

dallasmovietheaters on July 21, 2021 at 10:03 am

Lohmann and Mollere fused their name together to launch their Lomo Theater on September 7, 1910 on a 5-year lease. The establishment went bankrupt in 1914 and sold for just $670 at auction. After reopening, the winning bidders created a new-build venue launching as the New Lomo Theatre on West Pine on October 21, 1915 with its first feature Francis X. Bushman in “Second in Command.” The Gulf Arm & Creosoting Company – later Gulf Amusement Circuit – built the theater along with the Southern Metro Picture Corporation. It was located next to the office of the town’s streetcar operator, the Hattiesburg Traction Company. The theater remained silent closing in 1929.

Paramount-Gulf later decided to breathe new life in the venue equipping it for sound and a grand opening relaunch in 1933. It closed the Lomo there on July 14, 1950 likely at the end of lease with Roy Rogers in “Jeepers Creepers” supported by “Trail of the Hawk,” a Popeye cartoon and Chapter Five of “Invisible Monster.” (Give the Dome Theatre credit for continuing the serial from that point and getting the town’s moviegoers to the 12th and culminating episode.)

Lloyd Royal’s Royal Circuit - which had the original Royal in town back in 1914 - took on the venue and - after a significant refresh - reopened it as the Rebel Theatre on April 12, 1952 with Alan Young and Dinah Shore in “Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick.” The Rebel lived up to its name booking the racy Brigette Bardot film, “And God Created Woman.” As showtime neared, the city stepped in forbidding the show until an agreed upon, “sharply edited” version finally played there in November 1958. That turned out to be one of the last movies for the Rebel as it was sold by Royal Circuit under the agreement that no further pictures would play there for five years.

The venue would be renamed as the McGinnis Building used for a newsstand, a realtor office, and a jeweler thereafter. It was torn down without returning to cinematic greatness. Royal would move the Rebel name to the Ritz Theatre, and after a refresh, the Rebel continued there using the same exterior “R"s that dated to the Rose in the 1930s and the Ritz, previously. The Rebel would go full-time adult / foreign film exhibition in its final days as the Rebel Art Cinema under its purchase by Gulf States The Rose/Ritz/Rebel/Rebel Art closed when the the Cinema Theatre was opened by the circuit elsewhere in town.

To locals, however, the building housing the Lomo for decades and the Rebel for just a few was generally referred to as the former Lomo Theatre upon its demolition.

rivest266 on July 21, 2021 at 5:49 pm

The city stopped the Rebel from showing “Et Dieu… créa la femme” in 1958. Here’s the movie.

dallasmovietheaters on July 8, 2024 at 10:33 am

Previously operated by Lomo Theatre Circuit.

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