Mars Theatre

70 N. Main Street,
Mars Hill, NC 28754

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ncmark on October 25, 2022 at 3:02 pm

The brewery operating in this space has tweaked their name to Mars Theatre Brewing Company. It better identities the history of the building and differentiates it from its sister brewery located in Chimney Rock.

Trolleyguy on March 8, 2022 at 7:39 am


Their Facebook page has movie listings.

ncmark on March 8, 2022 at 4:02 am

A new movie projector has been installed replacing the older equipment. Movies play Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Mikeoaklandpark on December 7, 2021 at 9:29 am

Awesome news. I wil have to drive up and support them

ncmark on December 5, 2021 at 11:52 am

Movies return to the Mars Theatre starting Friday, December 10, 2021 with the Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery screening occasional flicks.

ncmark on December 12, 2020 at 4:08 am

The original vertical sign has been relamped and the red neon outlining the Mars Theatre name is all working in December 2020.

ncmark on November 13, 2020 at 5:53 am

The front facade has recently been renovated. Original stucco has been uncovered after the removal of a crumbling thin set brick veneer and new entrance doors were added. The ghost outline of the original marquee is visible over the entrance. Pics added in photo section.

ncmark on November 28, 2019 at 7:14 am

The Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery at Mars Theater opened November 16, 2019. Many original details remain. The large stainless brewing tanks line the right side wall in the lower seating area. The screen remains as well as some of the seating. Several areas in the balcony and orchestra floor have been leveled for seating and bar areas but the overall vibe is original and cool. Always a modest building, it still has interesting touches throughout. The original glass windowed baby cry room is intact in one back corner of the balcony. The original ticket booth and projection room are on view with one projector still in place. Remnants of the segregated entrance and seating area for black patrons is in the other rear corner of the balcony. Definitely worth a trip to see the adaptive reuse of this vintage small town theater.

ncmark on August 22, 2019 at 11:45 am

New ownership and much remodeling will soon turn this space into the Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery at Mars Theatre.

ncmark on April 26, 2018 at 12:58 pm

Signage recently went up that this theater is currently for lease or sale.

ncmark on June 11, 2016 at 5:53 pm

After a long renovation the Mars Hill Radio Theatre reopens today, June 11, 2016 with a music concert. Movies are part of the mix as well and they kick off soon. A radio station is also based in the theater. This is welcome news for the theater that had been closed since 1992.

marshillradiotheatre on January 21, 2015 at 2:17 pm

I am making great progress with the renovation and will get some progress pictures posted. Our seating capacity will be in the low 200’s. It will also operate as a music venue.

ncmark on October 20, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Work is under way to renovate the Mars. The doors were open recently and I peaked inside. This place has great potential. It’s interesting to step inside the small lobby and then enter right into the back row of the balcony. The main floor has a fairly steep rake to it and the entire space has a wonderful vibe. The curved screen is still in place and the stage area is being enlarged. 2015 should hopefully see this retro theater back in service. I’m not sure yet what the programming mix will be.

bwaldrop on July 29, 2014 at 3:27 pm

This theatre is currently under renovation. For more information check out

ncmark on July 7, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I think this is the only movie theater in Madison County. It has an interesting interior layout. It’s built on a hill and after coming into the small lobby you enter into the rear of the balcony or take a staircase down to the main floor. Although it’s been vacate for some time the seats and screen are still in place. The theater has a sign in the window saying it is available.

TLSLOEWS on September 2, 2010 at 1:10 pm

From the article posted May 3 2007, does anyone know if they have done anything to reopen this theatre as the entertainment complex?

CSWalczak on September 1, 2010 at 3:35 am

Another picture is on this page; scroll down: View link

kencmcintyre on May 3, 2007 at 8:46 am

Opened in 1947, according to this article:

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Ken Roe on May 1, 2007 at 10:40 pm

The Mars Theatre is listed in the 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook, but no seating capacity is given. This generally means that the theatre has recently opened and details have not been passed on to the editors.