Riley Theatre in Meridian, MS

Billy Estes, a local banker whom I knew from my Boy Scout days in Natchez, MS made arrangements for us to receive a private tour through the grand theatre at the Riley Center by Dennis Sankovich, the Executive Director.

In the late 1800's, I. Marks and half brother, Levi Rothenberg saw tremendous potential in Meridian. So much so, they built the Grand Opera House and the Marks Rothenberg department store, as a complement to each other in the heart of downtown. Source: website

Too bad nothing was being performed while we were there, but Dennis is bringing a great lineup of talented artist to the area. Thank you Dennis for sharing your passion for this Grand Opera House with us. -L