Bell Theatre

536 S. Fairground Street SE,
Marietta, GA 30060

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Previously operated by: Martin Theatres

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Bell Theatre

I just happen to come across a listing for this theatre while rummaging through some Cobb County archives.

The Bell Theatre opened in 1945 and closed in March 1958.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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Teasie on August 22, 2005 at 9:39 am

It was located on the corner of Clay St. & Fairground St. in Marietta. Two of my older sisters worked there in the early 50’s.

Teasie on August 24, 2005 at 5:54 am

No, it does not still exist. It was torn down in the 50’s.

Teasie on August 26, 2005 at 9:22 am

Talked to one of my sisters & she says it was owned by the Martin chain of theaters.

boilerbob7 on December 25, 2007 at 2:12 pm

I remember going to it 1952-4.

kencmcintyre on December 12, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Here is an item from Boxoffice magazine, May 1950:

Don Scott, manager of the Bell Theater, Marietta GA, attracted three times his average business with a special campaign for “Dumbo” and “Saludos Amigos”. Scott posted a six-sheet on the floor of the lobby, displayed a 30-foot banner out front, bought selected radio spot time for announcements, and used heralds and tack cards to exploit the playdates. Scene mats from both pictures were planted in local newspapers.

kencmcintyre on July 13, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Here is a March 1958 item from the same source:

MARIETTA, GA.-The Bell Theatre here, operated by Martin Theatres, has been closed, ending what Jimmy Zimmerman, city manager for the circuit, called “operation in-the-red”.

The Bell, completed by Martin in 1945, was a second-run neighborhood house. The house was built of concrete, brick and steel and seated 800 persons. All of the property, including the theatre, a radio shop, a dry cleaning establishment and a restaurant, is for sale.

karatattoo on October 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm

This theater still existed in the early 1960s. I recall seeing it many times. It was closed and had what I seem to remember was equipment, possibly from the concession stand, sitting in front of the lobby entrance.

I don’t remember when it was finally demolished.

robboehm on October 23, 2009 at 8:55 pm

According to the caption on the photo posted by ken mc on February 10, 2008 the auditorium burned down in the mid 60s.

raymondstewart on February 8, 2011 at 8:30 pm

“Jimmy Zimmerman” in an above post was a friend’s dad and was a long time Martin, later Carmike man. Managed the Strand in Marietta at one point and was high ranking exec w/Carmike when he passed away. He was a really great guy to have known.

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