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Sidney Lust brought movies, and a stoplight, to Laurel

Sidney Lust brought movies, and a stoplight, to Laurel

This is the first of a two-part series on the history of the former Laurel Theater on Main Street.

The recent demolition of the old Laurel Theater, known most recently as a comedy club, triggered fond memories around town of the many years enjoying movies, plays and stage shows in the historic building.

The full story of the Laurel Theater starts with its predecessor, the Red Wing Theater. It's unknown when the Red Wing Theater opened for business, but it was Laurel's only "moving picture theater" for years. According to Robert Headley, who wrote Motion Picture Exhibition in Washington, D.C., a 1914 insurance map shows the Red Wing was in operation. A common...

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