408 N. 5th Avenue,
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Laurel Little Theatre (Official)
Previously operated by: Saenger Amusement Company
Architects: Emile Weil
The Arabian Theatre opened on April 1, 1927, built for the Saenger chain it had a seating capacity of 1,200. It was located next to the Pinehurst Hotel, which has since been demolished. After closing as a movie house in 1976, the Arabian Theatre was acquired in 1977 by the Laurel Little Theatre company, which dates to 1961.
As the Arabian Theatre was built for movies only, the theatre group had to build a stage and dressing room areas as well as a new proscenium arch. Also, half the seats on the orchestra level were removed. The color scheme of the theatre was also restored to its original appearance.
In addition to live theatrical productions from the Laurel Little Theatre, the Arabian Theatre has played host to concerts, beauty pageants, and various community events.
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