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By popular demand, one of the most requested epic classics of all time, GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) will be featured over Labor Day weekend on the Temple’s giant 40′ screen.

Sat, Sep 5: 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Sun, Sep 6: 2:00 pm
All tickets $5 at the door.
Doors open one hour before the show.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR THIS WEEKEND, SAT-SUN ONLY:  Meridian’s BRICKHAUS BAR & GRILL, 2206 Front Street, is pleased to support and sponsor the Temple Theatre’s GONE WITH THE WIND Labor Day weekend event by offering HALF OFF any appetizer AND $1.00 OFF any beverage to Temple movie patrons who present their admission ticket from any of the three screenings of Gone with the Wind.

Why not plan a Labor Day “Gone with the Wind Party” and bring your friends to the Temple Theatre AND the Brickhaus.   Come dressed in your favorite GWTW attire if you wish.

Plenty of great concessions … hot buttered popcorn, juicy all-beef hotdogs, cheesy nachos, candy, dill pickles and soda all available just a few feet away from your seat to get you through this epic adventure that really does run 3 hours 58 minutes (and no commercials!) Bring your blanket, settle in and enjoy the show!


Sliding onto the Temple stage in place of the long-running Sucarnochee Revue, the debut of FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE comes to the Meridian Temple Theatre on September 4 at 7 pm.  Join us for a great show with performances from Katie Wade, Tyler Carrol & Friends, Zac Craven and more, along with your host, Davis County Band! Plenty of lively music, new performers and entertainment…something for everyone to enjoy! Doors open at 6, show starts at 7. Admission just $10 at the door. An additional treat will be a short pre-show concert featuring the Mighty Robert Morton Theatre pipe organ. Be sure to come a little early…you don’t want to miss it!  Grand entertainment in grand style!

A special debut will take place during this show is anticipated:  an original hand painted theatrical backdrop that dates back to the Temple Theatre’s birth in 1928 will be part of Friday Night Live’s premiere! This beautiful but fragile treasure has probably not been seen in 30-40 years.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE will return on the first Friday night of each month. As always, the Temple snack bar will be serving up fresh hot buttered popcorn, nachos, plump hot dogs, candy, and soda at reasonable prices.  

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Rapper Big K.R.I.T.

Rapper Big K.R.I.T.

Renown rapper Big K.R.I.T. is coming to the Temple Theatre Friday, December 4th! Mark your calendars now!!



$2.15M Awarded to Preservation Projects –

Posted December 03, 2014, Jackson, MS  —  “At a special meeting on December 3, the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History awarded more than $2 million on behalf of the Community Heritage Preservation Grant program to seventeen preservation and restoration projects across the state. The Community Heritage Preservation Grant program, authorized and funded through the Mississippi Legislature, helps preserve and restore historic courthouses and schools and, in Certified Local Government communities, other historic properties. Over the life of the program the department has awarded more than $32 million to 203 projects.”


imageThe Meridian Temple Theatre for the Performing Arts was awarded $38,240 and is the only entity in Lauderdale County to receive grant money from MDAH. Roger Smith, Executive Director of the Temple stated, “We are extremely proud to have been awarded this grant which will enable us to complete Phase I of a five-phase restoration, repair and renovation project estimated to cost $212,000.”

Phase I will complete work that is considered to be most critical in stabilizing the 90+year old building, including roof repairs and termite prevention. The largest portion of the grant money will be used to replace exterior entrance/exit doors consisting of seven sets of double doors, and two single doors. This is essential to improve building security and especially to ensure quick exit in the event of an emergency. Doors will be replaced in accordance with period-style architecture using modern materials.

Smith went on to explain that Phases II through V include extensive interior work such as replacement of the Ballroom parquet floor, air conditioning repair and replacement, restoration and repair of the two organ pipe chambers, restroom repairs and upgrades, and marquee maintenance, rewiring and an upgrade to a computer digital display.

The Temple Theatre is a non-profit, 501(c)3 charity organization with no paid (salaried) employees. Office and management personnel are volunteers. All income is channeled back into the theatre for operating expenses and upkeep as there is no other source of financial backing except through income generated from the rental of the Ballroom and theatre auditorium by outside producers, ticket and concession stand sales. Private monetary donations, equipment, or supplies are completely tax deductible.

In conclusion, Smith was quick to state that his goal remains the same as when he first took on the Temple Theatre in 2009. That is, to provide “a place where everybody can feel welcome, no matter who you are…a place where artists of all genres, be it musicians, stage performers, dancers, or movie aficionados’ can perform without feeling stressed or intimidated…a place without barriers.” It is truly a Theatre for all people of Meridian and Lauderdale County.  See you at the Temple!

Spend the Night on the Temple Stage

Grown men couldn’t do it!  Can you?  Admission for this exciting fun is $1oo per person with a  minimum of 10 people at one time.  Bring your sleeping bags and be prepared to be scared!  By schedule only!

Below is a little sample of what you might see.  Click on the Link and be prepared!