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FLASHBACK 1968: Ribbon cut for Jackson's new City Auditorium

Jackson Municipal Auditorium dedication on April 1, 1968 (Source: MDAH/WLBT) Jackson Municipal Auditorium dedication on April 1, 1968 (Source: MDAH/WLBT)
Jackson Municipal Auditorium dedication on April 1, 1968 (Source: MDAH/WLBT) Jackson Municipal Auditorium dedication on April 1, 1968 (Source: MDAH/WLBT)
Jackson Municipal Auditorium dedication on April 1, 1968 (Source: MDAH/WLBT) Jackson Municipal Auditorium dedication on April 1, 1968 (Source: MDAH/WLBT)
Jackson Municipal Auditorium dedication on April 1, 1968 (Source: MDAH/WLBT) Jackson Municipal Auditorium dedication on April 1, 1968 (Source: MDAH/WLBT)
Jackson Municipal Auditorium dedication on April 1, 1968 (Source: MDAH/WLBT) Jackson Municipal Auditorium dedication on April 1, 1968 (Source: MDAH/WLBT)

FLASHBACK to APRIL 1, 1968: The ribbon is cut for the newly constructed Jackson Municipal Auditorium on East Pascagoula Street in downtown Jackson. 

Metropolitan Opera star Eleanor Steber was on hand to mark the occasion, along with Mayor Allen Thompson, Governor John Bell Williams and other state and city officials. 

The facility had fountains out front and more than 2,300 seats inside. Everyone called it the "City Auditorium" for years until 1994, when it was renamed Thalia Mara Hall in honor of the woman who brought professional ballet and the International Ballet Competition to Jackson. It still operates with that name today.

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