Martin Theatre

120 W. Main Street,
Dothan, AL 36303

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Previously operated by: Martin Theatres

Styles: Art Deco

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The Martin Theatre was located on W. Main Street at N. Foster Street. It opened on February 26, 1942 with Judy Canova in “Sleepytime Gal”. It is shown in the 1943 Film Daily Yearbook as open, seating 950 and operated by the Martin Theatres chain.

It was closed on March 21, 1976 and was demolished on December 21, 1976.

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kencmcintyre on May 4, 2008 at 12:58 am

The Martin is visible on the left in this postcard, circa 1940s:

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on September 25, 2008 at 9:19 pm

Why didn’t they build a protective shell OVER the theater to construct layered parking.

Now that makes good, common sense and would have saved another historic theater… just what they did for the old and huge Fox (now Copely Hall) in San Diego, CA.

dzholmes on October 23, 2008 at 10:02 pm

It is a common misconception that the theater was torn down in 2008. That was actually the old BC Moore’s Department Store which had been used by the Souteast Alabama Community Theater for the last 25 years. Because they built a Marquis to announce upcoming plays many began to believe this was the old Martin Theater. The theater was actually next to the Houston County Court House and was torn down to provide added parking in the early 1970’s.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 18, 2010 at 2:12 am

they love tearing down theatres for parking lots.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on August 16, 2010 at 3:04 am

From 1943 a postcard view of downtown Dothan along with Martin Theater.

rivest266 on August 7, 2023 at 10:58 pm

Closed by Davis Theatres in 1976 after expanding their Northside Cinemas.

50sSNIPES on August 10, 2023 at 5:28 pm

Closed on March 21, 1976 and unexpectedly demolished on December 21, 1976 after one of the building’s side walls crashed into the center roof of the neighboring Eleanor Shop. No injuries were reported.

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