Saenger Theater in Biloxi remains untouched

Three Saenger Theaters within driving distance have been renovated, but the one in South Mississippi is dark with a leaky roof and safety hazards.

Our media partner, the Sun Herald, reports that millions of dollars have been spent to renovate the Biloxi Saenger Theater and millions more will be needed to repair and modernize it.

Mayor Andrew ‘FoFo’ Gilich has asked for proposals to renovate, operate, and save the theater, which opened in 1929 as a movie palace with silk damask walls and red leather seats.

Cecilia Dobbs-Walton with the City of Biloxi said, “When it opened back in the early 1900s they touted it as a gem for Biloxi and it still is. Mayor Gilich still feels that way. The City of Biloxi administration wants to do whatever they can to restore this building, bring it back to life and to make it usable. Downtown and here in Biloxi, we have a lot of growth going on and this will just continue to enhance the downtown area.”

Pending the approval of a grant, the City of Biloxi will once again propose the plan for renovations at the city council meeting on July 16th.

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