Martin Theater

Lafayette, AL 36862

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Previously operated by: Martin Theatres

Architects: Rufus E. Bland

Styles: Quonset Hut

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Martin Theater

Originally operated by the Martin Theatres chain when it opened on March 11, 1949 with Tyrone Power in That Wonderful Urge". A.L. Royal owned and operated the Martin Theatre in the early-1960’s, along with several other houses in his Royal Theaters circuit.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 16, 2009 at 12:24 am

The March 18, 1949, issue of Boxoffice reported that the Martin Theatre in Lafayette had opened recently. The 669-seat house was of the quonset type, and was designed by the Martin circuit’s in-house architect, Rufus E. Bland, in association with engineer John Mauk. Bland was designing theaters for Martin at least as early as 1948 and at least as late as 1973.

TLSLOEWS on August 12, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Thats interesting there are 87 Quonset Hut theatres listed on C.T.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 12, 2010 at 2:21 pm

We had a Quonset Hut Theatre here on Laney-Walker Blvd,that played movies for the nearby Black neighborhood,not too far from the LENOX theatre,but have no idea what the theatre’s name was.

TLSLOEWS on August 12, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Which city? Maybe I can find it.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 12, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Augusta. Iam going by Borders tonight to look at that regional book written about entertainment in Augusta and I will see if it is mentioned.Last time I went by there it was a church.

TLSLOEWS on August 12, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Its not listed on C.T.yet.There are a few Quonset Hut Theatres listed in Ga.

50sSNIPES on July 23, 2021 at 7:40 pm

The Martin Theatre opened its doors on March 11, 1949 with Tyrone Power in “That Wonderful Urge” along with a short entitled “Soap Box Derby”.

MovieMark on October 26, 2023 at 2:23 am

This theater appeared in the 1988 film “Mississippi Burning.”

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