Original 1927 photo of the interior of the Arabian Theatre

Wow!!! It's finally done folks. Like birthin' a new baby, our major renovation to the grand ol' 1927 Arabian Theatre has taken almost nine full months. Using mostly volunteer help from LLT Board members and other friends, the old auditorium chairs have been pulled and replaced with gorgeously brand new comfortable seating, the old flooring and carpet is gone and totally replaced, the historic original chandeliers have been rewired and refitted and then most exciting of all is the new paint job inside the theatre.

When work first started in the summer of 2008, old original artwork from 1927 was discovered underneath some of the wall covering that was installed in the 1930s when 'talkie' movies first started and adjustments had to be made inside the Arabian to help improve the acoustics. That original art work was saved and repaired and was unveiled to the public when we began our new season in March 2009.

Outside the building, the old original 1930s Arabian sign is now hanging on the back corner of the building and is visable from Saw Mill Road/Five Points and in its place on the front of our theatre is a brand new working neon sign that is an exact replica of that original piece. For the first time since the Arabian closed as a movie theatre in 1976, downtown Laurel is aglow with bright red and green neon. Also out front, a nice new archway cut into the courtyard wall opens directly to the Pinehurst Park with a beautiful view of the park and fountain there.

LLT President Amanda Robertson and renovations chairmen George Jackson and Robbie Robinson and their crews worked long and hard for months and months to wrap it all up in time for the grand unveiling at our season opener of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in March 2009.

Director Wess Hughes picked that show specifically because of its setting in old Egypt. Like so many of the theatres built in the 1920s, the interior of the Arabian was designed and decorated with a mix of Arabic, Egyptian and Persian influences and the new renovation of our theatre highlights many of those touches.

The entire renovation has been funded by donations from our patrons who have been 'buying' a chair and those folks will be honored on plaques that will be hanging in the Arabian lobby.

Click on Listing of Renovation Chair Donors


Behind Wall

Arabian Art Work Unseen in over 80 years!

LLT volunteers working on our summer renovations found some of the original 1927 art work that hasn't been seen in decades and decades. It got covered when 'talkie' movies started in the early 1930s and the Arabian had to add acoustical treatment on the walls to help with the new sound. LLT Board Member Brent Holifield is pulling back some of the old wallboard and stuffing that had covered and protected it for so long. The renovations this summer will restore that original art all thru our local gem.

Click here to read the two-part story the Leader-Call did recently.

George Jackson

LLT Board member George Jackson pulls back old wall covering to reveal some of the original hidden 1927 art designs on the Arabian walls.



Howard Industries

Jimmie & Debbie Baggett in honor of Jamie Baggett & Jay Baggett
J.W.Barnett, Jr. Family Foundation
Dr. & Mrs. Joseph Proli

Brandon Petroleum Properties in memory of Jean Chisholm Lindsey
City of Laurel
Community Bank
Marilyn Fuquay in honor of C.J.Townsend, Lacy Hinton, Holli Townsend, Ali Townsend
William Trimble Green
Mrs. Thomas Harris in memory of Tom Harris & Bob Hynson and in honor of Wess Hughes
In loving honor of Page Harris given by the late Mr. Tom Harris
Hortman, Harlow, Martindale, Bassi, Robinson & McDonaldin honor of William Mullins III
Jefferson Medical Associates
Lex Lindsey & Lynn Manley
Bill & Barbara Helen Mullins
Steven, Catherine, Tristan & Samantha Nowicki
William R. Sanderson in memory of Joe Frank & Ann Sanderson and in honor of
Bill & Lola Fortner

SouthGroup Insurance Services, Inc.
Tommy & Lisa Thames in memory of Humphrey & Elizabeth Moynihan, T. Maury Thames, Jr and Laniell Newton Thames

Susan Alexander
Dr. & Mrs. Clyde Allen in honor of Wess Hughes
"Always...Patsy Cline" Cast in honor of Wess Hughes
Mitchell & Kathy Asmar
Bill Axton & Family in memory of William P. Axton
Michael Axton in memory of Dotsy Axton
Bancorp South
Bank of Jones County
Mike & Liz Barlow
Bob & Dawn Barnett in memory of John H. Easterling
Bob & Dawn Barnett in memory of Edward E. Sheppard
John & Ann Barrow
Mr. & Mrs. George Bassi
Hugh & Annette Bergin
Tim Boleware in memory of Joseph L. (Joe) Shoemake
Tim Boleware in memory of Robert C. (Bobby) Walters
Edward & Cherie Boone
Greg Boone and Jeanie Boone
BP America, Inc. The Fabric of America Fund
Bourdonne Breazeale in honor of Harvey Breazeale Jr, III, IV
Walter Brewer & Gene Lee in memory of Jim Gibbon
Jean Bulloch, Bert Jackson & Nancy LeBlanc in honor of George & Becky & Jean Jackson
Bill & Gwen Burton
Marda Burton
Stan & Sheree Burton
James Wray & Shirley Bush
Jeanne Bush in honor of Harry S. Bush
Jeremy Louis Campbell
Louis Campbell & Jo Ann Campbell
Moe & Lee Caver in honor of Read Caver & Ross Caver
Jeanne Ford Chandler
Jimmy & Leanne Chandler in honor of Ward & Doris Parker, Marlene, Michelle, & Molly Chandler, Mandy & Parker Cheeks and Paige McLeod
Jimmy & Leanne Chandler in memory of Leslie Parker, Phillip Jones, Jimmy C. Chandler, Sr.
Kayla Jean Chandler
Christine Kellen Chard in honor of Will, Beth & Erin Chard
Patricia Chesser in memory of Elizabeth (Liz) Low Chesser
John M. Christian in honor of William (Bill) Mullins
Dorothy Clark in memory of Thomas Eugene Clark
Dorothy Clark in memory of Kimberly Clark Thompson
Mrs. William S. Clark
Jean M. Clinton in memory of James William (Bill) Clinton, Sr.
E. Alan Coats in honor of Sherry Coats
E. Alan Coats in honor of Eve Rae 'Gran Gran' Shaw
Completely Clean, Inc.
Mitchel & Carrie Creel in honor of Roger Kuyrkendall
Clint & Joan Davis
Ed & Read Diket
Charles Dillon in honor of Charles & Charmaine Dillon
Lauren Taylor Dixon in honor of Wess Hughes
Steve & Jane Duncan in honor of George & Becky Jackson
Ann Ellis in honor of Michael E. Ellis
Dr. & Mrs. Steve Ellis
Robbie Everitt in honor of Wess Hughes
Robbie Everitt in memory of Richard Pickering
Pam Fail, Sara Sprouse, Ricky Ruffin & Peggy Gusa in honor of Martha Ruffin
Jean K. Ford
Mr. & Mrs. W. D. Fortner in honor of Bill & Missy Sanderson
Deborah B. Foster in memory of Elbert E. Bright
Deborah B. Foster in memory of Elna B. Bright
Deborah B. Foster in memory of Loren S. Campbell
Franklin United Methodist Church
Franklin United Methodist Church in honor of Wess Hughes
Joyce M. Freeman in honor of Betty R. Martin
Galagher Chiropractic Health Clinic
Mildred D. Garland in honor of Samuel Jacob Dobbs
Mildred D. Garland in honor of Sheila C. Dobbs
Jerry M. Gilbreath
Dennis Granberry
Erin Granberry
Nancy Guice in honor of John D.W. Guice
Nancy Guice in honor of Nancy Elizabeth Martin
Ellen Gunn Piano Studio
Steve & Cheryl Guy
Mrs. T.H. Harris, Jr in honor of Wess Hughes
Helen Hawkins in memory of Thomas Marion Hawkins
Randy Helms
Doug & Elizabeth Higginbotham in honor of Phillip, Gregory & Emily Higginbotham
Lacy Hinton
Arthur & Frances Hogan in memory of William & Angeline Hogan
Emojean F. Holt in memory of Herbert Holt
Sarah Oden Holyfield in memory of Robert Holyfield and Earnest & Teresa Oden
William F. Horne in honor of Grace B. Horne
Mary Houston in memory of Glen A. Houston
Michelle Howells in memory of Clayton, Boyd & Donald Creel
Tom Howells in memory of Clint Howells
Wesley & Martha Hughes in memory of Wade Hughes
Wesley & Martha Hughes in memory of Will Hughes
Wesley & Martha Hughes in honor of Wess Hughes
Wess Hughes in honor of Martha Hughes
Wess Hughes in honor of Wesley Hughes
Wess Hughes & Anita Boyd in memory of Darlene Purcell
Robert Hynson in honor of Robert G. & Lessley O. Hynson
Immaculate Conception School
Kevin Ivey in honor of Will, Clay & Mary Frances Ivey
Becky Jackson
George Jackson
Randy Jackson in honor of Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth D. Jackson
James Family Cousins in honor of Wess Hughes
Mr. & Mrs. Harry James, Mr. & Mrs. Kenny James and Mr. & Mrs. Ronald McAlpin
Hilna Ellen Jefcoat
Jim Jenner in memory of C. Edward Jenner
LeRoy Jensen in memory of Mitchell Jenson
Mr. & Mrs. Clayton E. Johnson
Jones & Son Funeral Home
Jones County Junior College
Peggy K. Jones
Jimmie Sue Keyes
Julius W. King in honor of Bill & Linda King Penny
Julius W. King in memory of Marion King
Julius W. King & Maureen H. Liberto in memory of Dot Traweek
Allyson S. Knotts & Roberta Scott in honor of Callee Dianne Knotts
Alan & Nora Ladd
Marian Latimer in honor of Don O'Brien (LLT President 1975-76) & Jena O'Brien
Laurel Arts League
Laurel Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Inc.
Nancy Leader in honor of "A Heart Healthy Life"
Dr. & Mrs. Kent Leggett in memory of Kevin Baker Stanislaus
Dr. & Mrs. Eric Lindstrom
LLT Board Members in memory of Steffan David Myers
Valerie Loeschen
Wayne & Tommie Lowery in memory of Devan Lowery
Magnolia State Bank
Betty Martin in memory of Joyce Martin Freeman
Masonite Corporation
Drew & Holly McCann
Mr. & Mrs. Randolph McLaughlin, Sr.
Rhye, Jenny, Rhen, Conner and Cole McLeod in memory of Ariel Ball
Dr. & Mrs. John McRae
George & Marie Melichar
Leonard B. Melvin, Jr.
Leonard B. Melvin, Jr. in memory of Jamie Melvin
Memory Chapel
The Merlin Group, LTD in honor of Dallen Boutwell
Sam & Sue Monk
Suzanne Monk
Lisa Morgan in honor of Myra S. Morgan's 90th Birthday
Lisa Morgan in memory of James A. Morgan
Joe T. Myers in honor of Cynthia Tittle Welborn
O.E. Myers Sr., Bill, Teri & Lydia Myers, Buddy & Sonja Myers in memory of Elsie S. Myers and Steffan D. Myers
Laurie Myrick in honor of Missy Sanderson (Patsy Cline)
Ruth B. O'Neil in memory of Jimmie M. O'Neil
Mrs. Smith Orr in memory of Smith W. Orr
Bill Parker in memory of Jean Parker & Paul Little, Jr. and in honor of Barbara Little
Mrs. W.L. Patrick, Jr. in memory of W.L. Patrick, Jr.
Debbie Phillips, Allstate Insurance
Mrs. & Mrs. Floyd Pitts & Family in memory of F. Dwight Pitts
Pitts Swabbing in honor of Billy Joe Pitts, Sr.
Pitts Swabbing in honor of Lou Ann (Gail) Pitts
Elma Portero in honor of Julie, Riley, Chloe & Kinsley Bice and Lindsey Tobin
Bonnie Pounds in honor of the Pounds Grandchildren
Jud & Shirley Puckett
Shirley Puckett in honor of Pam, Michael, Raye & Jana Johnson
David & Deborah Ratcliff
Molly B. Rawls
Albert & Ora Ray and Mrs. Lucille Donaldson & Family
Michael & Teresa Raybourn, Shelby Holifield & Chad Holifield
Charles & Susan Reeder in honor of Anne Green Reeder
Robert & Gwen Reeves
Linda Walton Reinholtz
Linda Walton Reinholtz in memory of Tommie Jim Walton
Cindy O. Rice
Dr. & Mrs. David L. Rice
Mr. & Mrs. Everett E. Robinson IV
Mike & Margo Robinson in honor of Sarah Ann Robinson
Robin Robinson in honor of Velton & Mary Joyce Robinson
Stephanie L. Robinson in honor of Robbie & Cindy Robinson
Karen Rounsaville in memory of Sim Cooley
Sanderson Farms, Inc
Mr. & Mrs. Joe F. Sanderson Jr
Frances Asmar Schwartz in honor of "The Thrillseekers"
Neil Scrimpshire
Patty Scrimpshire
Paul Shaidnagle & Sherry Lowe
Russ & Lisa Shelby in honor of Kayla Shelby
Dot Shell
Julia (Judy) Shipes in honor of Wesley & Martha Hughes
Ralph T. Simmons in honor of Linnie Cockrell Simmons
Ella Smith
Hugh & Carolyn Stancill
Mitch & Jamie Stennet
Philip M. Stevens
Stewart's Testing, Inc. in memory of Betty Stewart
Anne Strickland
W. Randolph Strickland
Jo Nell Stringer
David L. Sullivan in memory of Joy Dubose
Kathleen Sullivan in memory of William B. & Cynthia M. Sullivan
Mr. & Mrs. Scotty Sumrall
Bonnie & Aremmia Tanious and Daniel Tanious
Mr. & Mrs. Chauncey Tanner
Tommy & Lisa Thames
Art & Becky Thaxton in honor of Sarah-Jane Thaxton
The First-A National Banking Association
Jack, Becky and Jackie Thomas in memory of Ouida Thomas
Patrick Tibbs in honor of Mr. Patrick & Dr. Patricia Tibbs
Barbara Tillery
Tim Tillery
Friends of Dot Traweek in memory of Dot Traweek
Terry & Marda Tullos
Josephine E. Waites in memory of Dr. James C. Waites
Marguerite Walker in honor of Sandra Gray, Cynthia Ward & Wendall Ray Walker
Danny & Vickie Walters in honor of Thomas Hawkins
Wansley Machine & Driveline in honor of Haley Wansley
Wansley Machine & Driveline in honor of Stacy Wansley
Wansley Machine & Driveline in honor of Gerald Wansley
Gordon Ward in memory of Tom, Ruby & Roy Ward
Mike & Jennifer Weber in honor of Ben, Mary Beth & Jonathan Weber
Caleb Welch in memory of Lanell E. McAlpin
Louise West
Vic West
West Quality Food Services, Inc
Dr. & Mrs. Greer Whitacre in honor of Greer Whitacre, M.D. (HCLO President 2008-09)
Don & Sue White
John Whitt in memory of Betty B. Whitt
Joe & Mary Williams in honor of Wess Hughes
Chris Wilson in memory of Virginia H. Wilson
Charley & Bunny Windham in honor of Charley & Forrest Hutchison
Don, Scott & Leah Woodard in memory of Judy (Jig) Woodard
Dr. Harvey & Joy Wright
Rick & Lara Youngblood in honor of Emily Youngblood & Luke Youngblood

All American Rental & Storage-Bo Asmar
City of Laurel
Clark Brothers Construction
Holt Accounting-David Dillard
Bill Hooper
McAlister Creative
McLauren Carpets
Ms. Lynn Newby
Chris Nixon
Stephanie L. Robinson
Vilardi Design
David & Shelby Weaver