Biloxi's Broadwater Beach Hotel glistens in WYES documentary

Broadwater Beach Hotel glistens in WYES documentary

kmagandy@sunherald.comJuly 16, 2014 

BILOXI -- Once called the jewel of the American Riviera, the Broadwater Beach Hotel beckoned Hollywood stars and weekend holiday travelers alike.

The original art-deco hotel was built in 1939 and refurbished in 1965 by then-owner Dorothy Brown. The refurbishment included the marina and a million-candlepower lighthouse.

It attracted stars from Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward to Mikhail Barishnikov because of its luxurious surroundings. But its bread and butter was the families who returned each year from New Orleans to vacation on the Mississippi Coast.

It became home to the President Casino in 1992, but the old hotel closed July 31, 2005, just weeks before

Hurricane Katrina.

Plans were in the works for a new $1 billion Broadwater Resort. That never materialized after storm destroyed the property.

Frequent visitors, employees and Biloxians recall the Broadwater at its best in a one-hour documentary that centerpieces the hotel resort in a look at the Coast produced by New Orleans public television station WYES.

The show will air for the first time Wednesday.

And on Throwback Thursday, we checked the Sun Herald archives for photos from the Broadwater's past.

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