Martin Twin

2700 Nashville Road,
Bowling Green, KY 42101

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Previously operated by: Carmike Cinemas, Martin Theatres

Previous Names: Martin Theatre

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Originally built around 1967 as a single by Martin Theatres. It was twinned on May 2, 1975. It was last operated by Carmike Cinemas.

Contributed by Mike Richardson

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

kencmcintyre on July 26, 2008 at 11:30 am

There is a Dollar General store at this address now. I wasn’t able to find any photos of the dollar store to determine if it was a conversion of the Martin Twin. Cinematour has the theater as closed, but they don’t update their information on a regular basis.

kencmcintyre on July 26, 2008 at 1:53 pm

True. But now we know that what is known now is what was known before, and what was known before is now what is known today.

lilliott on August 18, 2008 at 8:02 pm

That address is for the old Bowling Green Mall. The theatre was located inside the mall. Dollar General (as well as Big Lots) are stores that were added in the early 90’s (I think) and they both have exterior entrances. I have heard that the front of the theatre is boarded over now. The building, or most of it, is owned by Western Kentucky University and I guess they are using some of the interior store spaces. I haven’t been inside the old mall in a long time. I managed the Martin Twin on several occasions, coming over from another theatre in town with the twin’s manager was on maternity leave. It was a fun place to manage.

lilliott on May 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Yes it was operated by Carmike. Carmike bought Martin Theatres in the late 70’s or early 80’s (?) but the twin retained the Martin name. I worked for Carmike for 8 years.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 7, 2010 at 8:42 pm

And what was it like working for Carmike? Anyways Jan 1 1969 sees “THE HORSE IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT” playing on its second week.

Silk76 on January 14, 2011 at 11:39 pm

You guys are correct. In the early 90’s, it had become a $1 theatre. I met my ex wife here, had many dates in highschool with her there. For a a time, they toyed getting it back up and running, but finally, it was sold to Western Kentucky University. A lot of us Warren Central folks would hang out there to hook up with girls.

cdelgado6 on December 29, 2011 at 5:03 pm

It became a discount house in August 1985. The last two first run films shown there were Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and Summer Rental. The last two films ever shown there were End of Days (ironically enough) and The Best Man

rivest266 on June 19, 2015 at 2:37 pm

June 6th, 1968 grand opening ad in photo section

rivest266 on June 19, 2015 at 2:39 pm

2 screens opened on May 2nd, 1970. April 30th, 1970 ad in photo section. Closed 2000

rivest266 on June 4, 2020 at 12:14 pm

Confirmed that it was twinned on May 2nd, 1975. Grand opening ads reposted.

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