Originally built as the Hamasa Shrine, it was leased to the Saenger Theater chain from 1927 to 1972. The motion picture palace featured Byzantine motif, marble fountains, and bronze chandeliers and a mighty Robert Morgan pipe organ. I never actually played here, but took a picture of it while strolling around downtown Meridian before catching a train.
I respond when two worlds that don't belong together end up together. That's why the musical could only have been born here: New York is all these little countries sharing a city. All the different rhythms of those different communities is what made the American musical possible. (George C. Wolfe)