Martin Theatre

226 S. Broad Street,
Bainbridge, GA 39817

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Previously operated by: Martin Theatres

Architects: Rufus E. Bland

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Martin Theatre

The Bainbridge Theatre was opened on April 6, 1950 with Larry Parks in “Jolson Sings Again”. It was a conversion of a Coca Cola bottling plant. It was located in the downtown section of Bainbridge. The theatre was demolished for a bank that now houses the Bank of the Ozarks.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 4, 2013 at 3:01 pm

This web page has a scan of the cover of the April, 1950, issue of the Martin circuit’s house organ, Martin Tipster, featuring a photo of the Bainbridge house. The marquee says “Gala Opening 6:30 Tonight” and advertises the film Jolson Sings Again. IMDb says that the movie was released in August, 1949. Martin’s new theaters were usually first run, so, unless the movie had an exclusive run in larger cities first, this theater probably opened in August or September, 1949.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 4, 2013 at 4:34 pm

I forgot that I had commented about this theater on the Ritz Theatre page a few years ago. Items in Boxoffice from 1948 and 1949 reveal that the Martin Theatre in Bainbridge was housed in a converted Coca Cola bottling plant which was remodeled for the chain by architect Rufus E. Bland.

paulnelson on July 5, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Yes kind of Art Moderne. Marquee is unusual. Looks large as a theatre. Would like to see interior.

DavidDymond on July 5, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Very smart looking for the time it was built.

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