LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Laurel's historic downtown Arabian Theater is turning 90 this year, and will be celebrating it's history with a costume party.
In April of 1927, Laurel's historic downtown Arabian Theatre opened the doors and showed its very first feature. After five decades of presenting movies, it closed in 1976 and was dark for just a year before Laurel Little Theatre bought the building and built out a stage and made it their own home base.
Laurel Little Theater will hold the gala on April 8th at 7:30 p.m. as a Pinehurst Room Fundraiser.
The party is a 1920's costume party (costumes optional) with drinks and hors d'oeuvres along with a showing of the very first film projected on the Arabian screen back in 1927.
That feature was titled "It" and starred Clara Bow, the top box office actress of the day. That silent movie solidified her fame, and afterwards, she was always called "the IT GIRL."
LLT is in the middle of a million dollar fundraiser to build a new Pinehurst Room on the side of the Arabian - exactly where the old Pinehurst Hotel stood from 1922 until 1988. They're currently a third of the way to raising the funds to reach groundbreaking, and this event will go towards that fund.
Donations for the event are $90 a couple ($45 for singles) and you can R.S.V.P. at 601.428.0140.