Martin Theatre

Forsyth Street,
Americus, GA 31709

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Previously operated by: Martin Theatres

Architects: R.N. McEachern

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Martin Theatre

The Martin Theatre was opened by 1943. Operated by the Martin Theatres circuit, it was still open in 1957.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on July 9, 2021 at 8:42 am

The Wells Fargo bank building at 217 W Forsyth appears to have been a good-sized theatre previously. Blank sides and ground level exit doors are a clue.

robboehm
robboehm on July 9, 2021 at 11:55 am

Trolleyguy-but property records show this as a 1980 build, and it looks like it. Theatre in question was around in the early 1940s.

robboehm
robboehm on July 9, 2021 at 12:18 pm

The Martin Theatre was the scene of a civil rights march by 15 teenage girls challenging its segregation policy. They were arrested and held for 45 days in the Leesburg Stockade. This was the beginning of the Americus movement that lasted until 1965.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 31, 2021 at 10:15 pm

I found a note saying that construction on the Martin Theatre in Americus began on April 17, 1941. I’ve been unable to find anything about when it was completed. The note also said that the architect was named McArchen and was from Valdosta, but I’ve been unable to find anything about an architect of that name, so I think it might have been a typo.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 1, 2021 at 6:29 am

Joe, the architect was R.N. McEachern.

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