Mars Theatre

70 N. Main Street,
Mars Hill, NC 28754

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Functions: Bar, Movies

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 828.680.1284

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Mars Theatre

The Mars Theatre was opened in 1947. It is a vintage theatre in the heart of this college town. It has been closed for some time, but is under renovation in 2014. It reopened June 11, 2016. Sadly, this was not a successful venture and in August 2019 the building was converted into a brewery/bar which opened on November 16, 2019. Now known as Mars Theatre Brewing Company. Films returned on an occasional basis in December 2021.

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ncmark on April 26, 2018 at 3:58 pm

Signage recently went up that this theater is currently for lease or sale.

ncmark on August 22, 2019 at 2:45 pm

New ownership and much remodeling will soon turn this space into the Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery at Mars Theatre.

ncmark on November 28, 2019 at 10:14 am

The Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery at Mars Theater opened November 16, 2019. Many original details remain. The large stainless brewing tanks line the right side wall in the lower seating area. The screen remains as well as some of the seating. Several areas in the balcony and orchestra floor have been leveled for seating and bar areas but the overall vibe is original and cool. Always a modest building, it still has interesting touches throughout. The original glass windowed baby cry room is intact in one back corner of the balcony. The original ticket booth and projection room are on view with one projector still in place. Remnants of the segregated entrance and seating area for black patrons is in the other rear corner of the balcony. Definitely worth a trip to see the adaptive reuse of this vintage small town theater.

ncmark on November 13, 2020 at 8:53 am

The front facade has recently been renovated. Original stucco has been uncovered after the removal of a crumbling thin set brick veneer and new entrance doors were added. The ghost outline of the original marquee is visible over the entrance. Pics added in photo section.

ncmark on December 12, 2020 at 7:08 am

The original vertical sign has been relamped and the red neon outlining the Mars Theatre name is all working in December 2020.

ncmark on December 5, 2021 at 2:52 pm

Movies return to the Mars Theatre starting Friday, December 10, 2021 with the Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery screening occasional flicks.

Mikeoaklandpark on December 7, 2021 at 12:29 pm

Awesome news. I wil have to drive up and support them

ncmark on March 8, 2022 at 7:02 am

A new movie projector has been installed replacing the older equipment. Movies play Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Trolleyguy on March 8, 2022 at 10:39 am


Their Facebook page has movie listings.

ncmark on October 25, 2022 at 6:02 pm

The brewery operating in this space has tweaked their name to Mars Theatre Brewing Company. It better identities the history of the building and differentiates it from its sister brewery located in Chimney Rock.

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