LLT launches $1M campaign to improve Arabian Theater - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

LLT launches $1M campaign to improve Arabian Theater

The Laurel Little Theater hopes to raise $1M to build new additions to the historic Arabian Theater. The Laurel Little Theater hopes to raise $1M to build new additions to the historic Arabian Theater.
LAUREL, MS (WDAM) -

The members of the Laurel Little Theater are hoping you will help them improve and expand the historic Arabian Theater. Thursday afternoon, the organization announced a $1 million fund raising campaign called, Raise the Roof. 

It would pay for the construction of several new additions to the 85-year-old building, which was once part of the old Pinehurst Hotel.

Members want to build an extension to the lobby, new bathrooms, new dressing rooms and additional backstage areas.

"The reason that we're doing this extension is because it's 35 years overdue," said Wess Hughes, a board member of the Laurel Little Theater. "We bought this theater in 1977, when it went out of business as a movie house and it was only built as a movie house. There was no stage in this theater. We only have two stalls in our rest rooms and the ladies have to line up for half an hour at intermission, just to get in there, so we've needed bathrooms now for 35 years for them and we need stage space and construction and dressing rooms for our cast back stage," Hughes said. 

The campaign is officially kicking off this weekend with a production of Always...Patsy Cline.

Copyright 2012, WDAM. All rights reserved.

 

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Average price of US gas slips a penny, to $2.94 a gallon

    Average price of US gas slips a penny, to $2.94 a gallon

    Sunday, July 15 2018 1:22 PM EDT2018-07-15 17:22:58 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 3:10 AM EDT2018-07-16 07:10:52 GMT
    The average price of regular-grade gasoline in the U.S. fell a penny a gallon over the past three weeks to $2.94.More >>
    The average price of regular-grade gasoline in the U.S. fell a penny a gallon over the past three weeks to $2.94.More >>
  • 'Hotel Transylvania 3' tops charts, 'Skyscraper' stumbles

    'Hotel Transylvania 3' tops charts, 'Skyscraper' stumbles

    Sunday, July 15 2018 11:48 AM EDT2018-07-15 15:48:02 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 1:51 AM EDT2018-07-16 05:51:01 GMT
    (Sony Pictures Animation via AP). This image released by Sony Pictures Animation shows a scene from "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation."(Sony Pictures Animation via AP). This image released by Sony Pictures Animation shows a scene from "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation."
    "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" has checked into the No. 1 spot at the box office in its opening weekend and left the Dwayne Johnson action thriller, "Skyscraper," in the dust.More >>
    "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" has checked into the No. 1 spot at the box office in its opening weekend and left the Dwayne Johnson action thriller, "Skyscraper," in the dust.More >>
  • St. Joe product Gabe Watson eager to join USM basketball

    St. Joe product Gabe Watson eager to join USM basketball

Powered by Frankly