Home » NEWS » Peavey takes renovations personally

Peavey takes renovations personally

MERIDIAN — Hartley Peavey’s mission to restore the sound of Meridian’s historic Hamasa Shrine Temple Theater to its former glory is more than just a professional challenge. To the founder of Peavey Electronics Corporation, it is personal.

Peavey’s grandfather, Joseph Lane Peavey, was very active in the Hamasa Shriners, and his name is even engraved on the Moorish Revival theater’s cornerstone.

“My grandfather had a big influence on me and my direction in life,” said Peavey, CEO of Peavey Electronics.”“He helped me understand that everyone has unique talents, and he gave me the guts to pursue mine. While restoring and upgrading the Temple Theater’s sound system is a worthy exercise for us at Peavey Electronics, it also helps preserve something my grandfather really cherished.”

The 1,550-seat Temple Theater originally opened in 1928 as a movie house, but has also served as a staging center for dramatic productions and live-music performances. The theater is currently undergoing a full restoration, beginning by returning classic movie screenings to the marquee. Peavey took on the task of updating the Temple’s “Voice of the Theater” 1940s projection sound system, which is positioned on stage behind the movie-projection screen.

When Peavey engineers brought the five towering enclosures to Peavey headquarters for analysis, they discovered that over the years the enclosures had weakened and required re-gluing and additional bracing on the enclosure walls. They eventually rebuilt the antiquated sound system with premium, modern Peavey components, including new speakers.


… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.

If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.

Click for more info

About Wally Northway

Leave a Reply