Martin Theatre

120 W. Main Street,
Dothan, AL 36303

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50sSNIPES on August 10, 2023 at 9:28 am

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.

rivest266 on August 7, 2023 at 2:58 pm

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

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on August 15, 2010 at 7:04 pm

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 17, 2010 at 6:12 pm

they love tearing down theatres for parking lots.

dzholmes on October 23, 2008 at 2:02 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.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on September 25, 2008 at 1:19 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.

kencmcintyre on May 3, 2008 at 4:58 pm

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