Visitors Center set to premiere new film

The Biloxi Visitors Center’s theater will soon be showing a new movie for visitors – and it’s old Biloxi.

The city’s museums division will officially premiere the new film short, “History of Biloxi,” on Tuesday, Jan. 23, beginning at 5 p.m. The free showings will be every 30 minutes through 6:30 p.m. The premiere is open to everyone, but because of limited seating reservations are encouraged. The first 150 attendees who complete a project evaluation will receive a free gift.

This 11-minute film draws on a wealth of archival footage to highlights moments and events in Biloxi and coast history beginning in the 1540s with the Spanish conquistadors and continuing through today. This official Mississippi Bicentennial project was made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, through support from the Mississippi Development Authority. Additional project funding was provided by the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce, a division of the Mississippi Coast Chamber of Commerce.

Writer and researcher for the project was Deanne L. Stephens, Ph.D., associate dean of Arts & Letters and associate professor of History at USM Gulf Coast. Videographer was Peter Petro and CAVU Productions, and Bill Raymond, the city’s historical manager and Visitors Center manager, served as producer.

“We are pleased to have a new resource for sharing Biloxi history,” Raymond said. “This film allows visitors and locals to learn more about our city and its history encouraging them to leave the theater wanting to explore the Coast and discover more.”

After the premiere, the film will play every 15 minutes daily in the Visitors Center theater.

The Biloxi Visitors Center, at 1050 Beach Blvd. and adjacent to the Biloxi Lighthouse, is operated by the City of Biloxi and open seven 0days a week. To make reservations for the premiere, call (228) 374-3105 or 1-800-BILOXI-3 or email
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