Rebel Art Theatre

213 W. Pine Street,
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

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Previously operated by: Gulf States Theatres, Paramount-Gulf States, Paramount-Publix, Paramount-Richards Theatres Inc.

Previous Names: Rose Theatre, Ritz Theatre, Rebel Theatre

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The Rose Theatre was open in 1934. Seating was listed at 500. Through its life the theatre was operated by Paramount Publix, Paramount-Richards and Paramount Gulf States until its closing.

On February 8, 1950 it was renamed Ritz Theatre. On February 28, 1959 it was renamed Rebel Theatre (not to be confused with the Loma/Rebel Theatre which has its own page on Cinema Treasures). On September 20 1967 it was renamed Rebel Art Theatre and was closed on April 11, 1968 with Fabian in “The Wild Racers”. It was demolished and there is a parking lot where the theatre once stood.

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rivest266 on April 17, 2017 at 1:04 pm

Reopened as Ritz on March 1st, 1950

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rivest266 on April 17, 2017 at 1:08 pm

February 28th, 1950 grand opening ad as Ritz in the photo section.

ThomasGentry on February 16, 2018 at 1:34 pm

I may be incorrect is stating that the Rebel Theater was next to Sackler’s Furniture Store.Newspaper archives report that it was the Ritz at the site pictured.

I will go the library archives and correct any misinformation.

dallasmovietheaters on July 22, 2021 at 6:47 am

The Rose Theatre opened in the early 1930s operating almost 20 years. Paramount-Richards Theatres Circuit closed both the Rose and the Buck theaters on September 10, 1949. After a refresh and under new ownerships, the theatre became the Ritz Theatre on March 1, 1950 with a double feature of “The Family Honeymoon” and “The Countess of Monte Cristo.”

Lloyd Royal of the Royal Circuit was bought out of his location a block away where he was operating the Rebel Theatre in December of 1958. So he moved the Rebel Theatre to the Ritz Theatre and reopened there after a refresh on Feb. 28, 1959 with the religious film, “I’ll Give My Life.”

The former Rose turned Ritz turned Rebel was purchased by Gulf States operating briefly as the Rebel Art Theatre showing adult/overseas titles. Gulf opened the new-build Cinema Theatre elsewhere in town and subsequently closed the Rebel which was later demolished. The Rebel’s former home at the Lomo was also demolished.

dallasmovietheaters on July 22, 2021 at 7:25 pm

Repositioned by Gulf States Theatre Circuit on September 20, 1967 as the Rebel Art Theatre. It was closed permanently on April 11, 1968 with Fabian in “The Wild Racers.” Its phone number was moved to Gulf States' new Cinema Theatre which ostensibly replaced the Rebel Art later in 1968.

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