Biloxi’s first post-Ka­t­rina movie theater to open soon

The Sun Herald (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY MARY PEREZ meperez@sun­her­

The new Pre­mier movie theater at Edge­wa­ter Mall in Biloxi opens later this month, and three new per­form­ing arts cen­ters are on the way, bring­ing more fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment back to South Mis­sis­sippi.

The rib­bon cut­ting at the Biloxi Pre­miere LUX Cin­ema is sched­uled for 4 p.m. Nov. 28. It is the first movie theater to open in Biloxi since Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina, and it comes in time for fam­i­lies to see the Grinch, Robin Hood and other hol­i­day movies and char­ac­ters this Christ­mas.

The per­form­ing arts cen­ters at three Coast schools have a ways to go be­fore open­ing. They in­clude:

A $15 mil­lion, high-tech cen­ter un­der con­struc­tion in Pascagoula. Sched­uled to open for Christ­mas 2019, the 750seat theater will have a full pro­jec­tion sys­tem for movies, along with a stage, three class­rooms for use in the Pascagoula/Gau­tier school district, and a cater­ing kitchen for spe­cial events.

A 900-seat cen­ter at Biloxi High School. Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to be­gin in early 2019 and be com­pleted in 13 to 16 months. The project is go­ing out to bid and has an an­tic­i­pated cost of $13 mil­lion, which will pay for the stage, green rooms, snack area and a park­ing lot that will be shared with the nearby ath­letic sta­dium. The cen­ter will host band and choir con­certs, theater pro­duc­tions and other func­tions.

The largest of the three cen­ters will be built at the Jeff Davis cam­pus of Mis­sis­sippi Gulf Coast Com­mu­nity Col­lege, across from the Hos­pi­tal­ity and Re­sort Man­age­ment Build­ing at the Biloxi/Gulf­port line. The new 54,000-square­foot Im­mer­sive Me­dia Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, with its 1,200 seats, is sched­uled to be com­plete in May 2020. It is de­signed to stage clas­sic mu­sic con­certs, rock con­certs, trav­el­ing off-Broad­way shows and other school and com­mu­nity events.

“It will have pos­i­tive re­sults for stu­dents in a va­ri­ety of pro­grams in­clud­ing two brand­new pro­grams, Live En­ter­tain­ment Tech­nol­ogy, and Sim- ula­tion and Game De­sign Tech­nol­ogy, as they will learn in a state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity,” said Mary Gra­ham, MGCCC pres­i­dent.


Work con­tin­ues across the Coast as de­vel­op­ers in­vest in new con­struc­tion and busi­ness own­ers ex­pand and im­prove. They in­clude:

El­liott Homes’ new de­sign stu­dio at 1402 Pass Road, Gulf­port, opened in Oc­to­ber.

Sam Ford, an agent with Cold­well Banker Com­mer­cial Al­fonso Realty, sold a $2.95 mil­lion beach­front site for Ma­jes­tic RV Park in Biloxi. He also rep­re­sented the seller,

Tom Davis, and they buyer, PGM of Texas, on a $1 mil­lion land deal for a 30,000 square foot build­ing at 10588 Joe Board­man Drive in the Bayou Bernard In­dus­trial Park in Gulf­port. The build­ing will be used as a cat­alytic con­verter dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter and eight to 10 new jobs will be cre­ated, Ford said.

COMVEST Prop­er­ties, based in Biloxi, has en­tered into a joint ven­ture that will ex­pand the re­sort-style Blake se­nior liv­ing brand na­tion­wide un­der LifeCare Prop­er­ties LLC. A Blake se­nior cen­ter is un­der con­struc­tion off Popp’s Ferry Road in north Biloxi. Plans call for open­ing 10 more Blake­brand prop­er­ties in mar­kets on the East Coast, Mid­west and South­west mar­kets over the next 5 years.

South Mis­sis­sippi Hous­ing and De­vel­op­ment Corp., in part­ner­ship with Gulf Coast Hous­ing Part­ner­ship, plans to build North Park De­vel­op­ment in Gulf­port. The re­de­vel­op­ment project will pro­vide 80 hous­ing units, rang­ing from 680-1,075 square feet, on 22 acres.

In down­town Biloxi, the pedes­trian over­pass at MGM Park should be ready to use early next year and work is about to be­gin on a sec­ond, $2.4 mil­lion over­pass at the Small Craft Har­bor. For this sec­ond over­pass, which should be done next sum­mer, most of the lane clo­sures will be Mon­day through Thurs­day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Crews con­tinue to work on Howard Av­enue, which will give Biloxi a two-way, brick-paved street through what was once a thriv­ing down­town busi­ness district. De­vel­op­ers are restor­ing the Barq Build­ing at the cor­ner of Howard and Reynoir into “The Howard Av­enue En­ter­tain­ment District” with shops, apart­ments, of­fice space


The Treen Re­port of new con­struc­tion shows $13 mil­lion in com­mer­cial build­ing per­mits were is­sued across South Mis­sis­sippi in Oc­to­ber, with the largest to im­prove schools and for com­mu­nity projects. High­lights in­clude:

$2.9 mil­lion for ren­o­va­tion and ad­di­tion at Van­cleave Up­per El­e­men­tary, 13901 Mis­sis­sippi 57, Van­cleave

$2.3 mil­lion for pedes­trian over­pass U.S. 90 near Small Craft Har­bor, Biloxi

$1.8 mil­lion for Point Cadet im­prove­ments, side­walks, light­ing, park­ing, walk­ing trail, Biloxi

$1 mil­lion for Beach Villa Apart­ments with 30 apart­ments in 3 build­ings, 126 Bri­arfield Ave., Biloxi

$900,000 for sewer lift sta­tion, W. Jack­son Co. Util­ity District, 15275 Parker Road, Biloxi

$675,000 for con­crete pad for air con­di­tion­ing units at Mitchell Dis-

trib­ut­ing, 12100 In­traplex Pkwy., Gulf­port

$511,000 for ren­o­va­tion at 15128 Cross­roads Park­way, Gulf­port

$350,000 for ren­o­va­tion at Michael Memo­rial Bap­tist Church, 15053 John Clark Road, Gulf­port

$300,000 for 3 unit re­tail, 12258 Shriners Blvd., Biloxi

$157,000 for the ad­di­tion of gym and re­strooms at Wool­mar­ket Bap­tist, 12816 Lor­raine Road, Biloxi

$116,000 for ren­o­va­tion and gro­cery pickup, Wal­mart Neigh­bor­hood Mar­ket, 1733 Pass Road, Gulf­port


Winn-Dixie liquor store is com­ing to Ocean Springs. This will be in the same shop­ping com­plex as the su­per­mar­ket on U.S. 90 in Ocean Springs, on the east end be­tween the Hall­mark store and Honey Baked Ham.

The newly re­designed McDon­ald’s opened at 10536 D’Iberville Blvd. in D’Iberville. Cus­tomers can use the dig­i­tal self­order kiosks to browse the

menu and or­der the food they want, and ta­ble ser­vice also is now of­fered.

Work is com­plete to com­pletely re­mod­eled Burger King in Ocean Springs and is un­der way at Chick-fil-A in Gulf­port.

Wil­liam Carey Uni­ver­sity ded­i­cated San­der­son Hall at Tra­di­tion Cam­pus in Har­ri­son County. It is the new home of the uni­ver­sity’s School of Phar­macy.

Aspen Den­tal of­fice opened at 3661 San­gani Blvd., D’Iberville, and of­fers evening and Satur­day ap­point­ments.

Shaggy’s, which has restau­rants in Biloxi, Gulf­port and Pass Chris­tian, con­tin­ues to ex­pand with the open­ing of its fifth lo­ca­tion on Ross Bar­nett Reser­voir in Bran­don.


Cap­i­tal Group, a con­sult­ing com­pany at 1103 Han­ley Road, Ocean Springs

Desker­ado, a com­mu­nity workspace at 2113 Gov­ern­ment St., Ocean Springs

Good­will Su­per Store at 200 West Rail­road St.,

Long Beach

Make It Shine Clean­ing, 440 E. Pass Road, Gulf­port

Trend­set­ters’ new lo­ca­tion at 837B, U.S. 90, Bay St. Louis

Blush 67 Bou­tique at 11:00 a.m. on Oc­to­ber 10th at 2803 Mar­ket Street, Suite A, Pascagoula.

4 Sea­sons Beer Ci­gar & To­bacco, 3170 Bienville Blvd., Ocean Springs, sell­ing hand rolled cigars and craft beer

Gau­tier Com­merce Cen­ter, 2012 High­way 90, Gau­tier

Spe­cial­ized Tracheostomy Unit at Singing River Health and Rehabilitation, 3401 Main St., Moss Point

Gabo’s Bou­tique & Gifts, 5439 West Aloha, Di­a­mond­head

Nov. 20 — New home of Dusti Bonge Art Foun­da­tion, 370 Meaut St., across from Ohr-O’Keefe Mu­seum of Art, Biloxi

Nov. 29 — South Mis­sis­sippi Smiles, 4105 Hos­pi­tal Road, Pascagoula

JOHN FITZHUGH jc­fitzhugh@sun­her­

The Pre­mier movie theater at Edge­wa­ter Mall in Biloxi is sched­uled to open late this month.

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