Marathon Community Cinema

5101 Overseas Highway,
Marathon, FL 33050

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Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Sidedoor Westside Cinema, West Side Cinema, Marathon Community Theatre, Marathon Cinema

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 305.743.0288

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Located on the south side of a strip mall along the northbound side of US-1, the Sidedoor Westside Cinema was opened on June 2, 1989 with Tom Berenger in “Major League”. In 1993 it became the West Side Cinema which closed in 1995. It was taken over in 1995 by the Marathon Community Theatre presenting live theatre. It became a movie theatre again renamed Marathon Commumnity Cinema showing first run movies where movie-goers may sit in rows of seats towards the front of the auditorium, or at tables in the back and order food and drink.

The Marathon Cinema is adjacent to the Marathon Community Theater which offers live performances and includes a gallery space.

In 2017 all three were featured in the Marathon episode of the TV program “Road Trip to the Arts: The Florida Keys” on PBS.

Contributed by David_Schneider

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dallasmovietheaters on September 12, 2022 at 11:29 am

The unwieldy-named Sidedoor Westside Cinema was Marathon’s first movie house launching June 2, 1989 with “Major League.” The tiny cinema was located next to the Sidedoor Lounge and sharing its name upon launching. The venue shortened its name to the West Side (now two words) Cinema in 1993 until closing in 1995. In 1995, the Marathon Community Theatre bought the property converting the lounge into a live venue for stage plays and other events.

The cinema was reopened by the theatre group as the Marathon Community Cinema after more than six months of closure with “Goldeneye” on November 17, 1995. In 2006, the cinema was listed as the Marathon Community Theatre still showing Hollywood films. It then went with the shortened, Marathon Cinema, nameplate until its closure on March 15, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic after showings of “The Call of the Wild.” The closing was said to be permanent.

However, the operation continued with a Grand Opening and new folks reverting to the Marathon Community Cinema nameplate on February 12, 2021 with “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” The venue was still operational in 2022 open four days a week with contemporary cinema and some repertory titles.

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