Marion Theatre

50 S. Magnolia Avenue,
Ocala, FL 34474

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Carmike Cinemas, E.J. Sparks Theatres

Architects: Roy A. Benjamin

Functions: Live Performances, Movies (Classic), Movies (Family), Movies (Film Festivals)

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 352.622.1247

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News About This Theater

Marion Twin Theater

A beautiful Streamline Moderne structure opened on September 11, 1941 and was operated by the E.J. Sparks Theatres chain. It had a seating capacity for 902. The Marion Theatre closed in the mid-1970’s as a movie theatre and stood empty for 13 years. The exterior is in its original state and looks fantastic. The interior has been restored to a nostalgic 1940’s style and feel. Come check us out when you are in central Florida.

Contributed by Brian S. Sofsky

Recent comments (view all 36 comments)

babyboomboom2116 on June 25, 2010 at 7:29 pm

No we are not closed. We are now showing Grown ups and A-team. June 29th we are premiering Eclipse and doing the prequals. Call for more details. Our box office number is 352-622-1245. Our movie line is 352-390-2731. You can also find times and buy tickets at and Sorry for the inconvience of the Marion website and other issues we havent completely gotten to buy the rights for all of it yet. Come support our theatre!

21& up after 6pm
Everyone’s ID is required.
Before 6pm-$6.00
After 6pm-$8.50
Military, Senior, and Student-$7
Hope to see you there!

alphomega7 on July 14, 2010 at 6:56 am

Glad to see you guys are back up and running again! Marioncar I will pass on the admin for this page if you would like. Thanks for helping keep the MARiON alive.

darkpitch on August 2, 2010 at 4:01 am

Amazing theater and both screens are digital. The only drawback is that it’s not stadium seating and if you happen to have someone taller sitting in front of you, you will experience problems viewing the film and have to choose another seat. Other than that, beautifully decorated, friendly staff and it re-creates that old “movie house” feel.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on August 9, 2010 at 8:07 am

Here are my pictures from August 2010.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 24, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Leave it to Carmike to come in and ruin a great Florida theatre!

CSWalczak on March 10, 2011 at 2:58 pm

The theater is not operating at a profit and a subsidy from the City of Ocala is controversial:

CSWalczak on October 17, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Carmike is ending its management and the theater will briefly close, to be reopened by a local independent operator: View article

Patsy on October 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Great news for this art deco theatre in Ocala!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 1, 2023 at 7:30 pm

The Marion was originally an E. J. Sparks house, according to this item from the September 26, 1941 Film Daily: “The new Marion Theater, Ocala, Fla., was opened recently with a three minute dedicatory speech by Mayor M. C. Izlar. This house is one of the finest in the Sparks chain and is managed by C. T. Chapin.”

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