On Wednesday night, Oct. 16, 1929, the Laurel Theater opened, number 12 in Lust's empire. According to the Leader, "the new theater, which has been named 'Laurel,' is not completed, but will have the finishing touches put on it as rapidly as possible." The first film shown was "Noah's Ark," starring Myrna Loy and Noah Beery. John Wayne made his film debut in the picture as an extra, and the director was Michael Curtiz, who went on to direct Casablanca, among others. The film, according to IMDB.com, was "the Biblical story of Noah and the Great Flood, with a parallel story of soldiers in the First World War." It was mostly a silent film, but had two talking sequences in it.