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LLT alumni Mary Elizabeth Ellis has been a long time cast member of TV's "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" - and now she's got a lead role in Fox-TV's new sitcom "The Grinder" along with Rob Lowe and Fred Savage. She's also recently appeared on Comedy Central's "Drunk History." Her parents, Dr Stephen and Judy Ellis still live in Laurel. Judy and Mary Elizabeth were both in our first production of "JOSEPH" many many moons ago!
1988 ORIGINAL ARABIAN THEATRE ENTRANCE FROM 1927
2015 - DONATED COLUMN PIECES
The original entrance to our Arabian Theatre was actually a long foyer that was part of the Pinehurst Hotel that was demolished back in 1988. Our present day courtyard is where that entryway ran - and you can still see the original 1927 floor tilework out there. At the original front door were the decorative columns you see in the picture above. Pieces of those columns were recovered by Brian Jordan back in the 80s when the hotel was torn down and thanks to Brian and his cousin, Jackie Thomas, we now have these historic relics back to in our collection! If you have any items from the old Pinehurst or the Arabian, please drop us a line so we can display them when we add on our new Pinehurst Room.
2008-Arabian Proscenium Arch
1907 - Laurel's First 'Electric Theatre'
Sank Taylor was Laurel's original 'theatre man' that ran both the Strand and Arabian Theatres. Back in 1907 before those were built, he hung a sheet on the back wall of a downtown building to create our very first 'electric theatre.' Thanks to Ronnie Goss of Meridian for finding this old Sanborn Fire Map showing its location on Magnolia Street.
Click here for a story on Sank and Laurel's old theatres.
A great old post card photo of the Pinehurst Hotel from back in the 20s. This was before an addition in 1927 added extra hotel rooms over to the right along with the Arabian Theatre right behind them. The Pinehurst was demolished in 1988, but we've just kicked off our fund raiser to build our own PINEHURST ROOM addition to the Arabian--right where the old hotel used to stand. We'll even recreate the old secret side entrance that used to allow hotel guests to go straight into the theatre from right inside the hotel!
A photo taken from City Hall looking at the demolition of the Pinehurst Hotel and the old Arabian Theatre marquee. Our current courtyard is where that original signage used to be. The theatre is the tallest building you see on the right - behind the row of empty windows that were about to come down. The beautiful little Pinehurst Park we have today is located where the ruins remain on the left side of this photo.
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GOT ANY OLD PHOTOS OR STORIES OF LLT OR THE ARABIAN???We're looking for more old pictures of the Arabian Theatre, or any of the over 200 shows we've produced at LLT over the last five decades. If you have any, you can scan and email it to us at LLTLaurelMS@aol.com, or drop a line and we'll just borrow it long enough to make a copy and return the original to you. If you have a great story you'd like to share, write it up and send it on. We'll be sharing throughout the season on our website.
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