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Martin Theatre marquee

Originally built in 1936, the Martin Theatre first opened it's door as the "Ritz". Owned by the Columbus, GA based company, this Cinema was one of a chain of movie houses owned by Mssrs. Martin and Davis, that covered Georgia, Alabama and NW Florida. Early memories boast visits by such notables as Clark Gable, Constance Bennett, Michael O'Shea, William Boyd, and cowboy great Bill Elliot.

In the early 50's the Ritz chain was bought and renovated by the Martin family. The original marquee was replaced with the one now gracing the facade of the building and the cinema operated as the Martin Theatre until 1978.

Left vacant and deteriorating, the theatre was operated as a short time as a shooting gallery. In 1987 the Panama City Downtown Improvement Board - H. Mack Lewis, Chairman, bought the vacant building. The DIB, with funding from the State, completely renovated the facility, turning it into the state-of-art facility that we have today.

The Martin Theatre opened it's doors for the second time in November of 1990 with a staff of one. Since that time we have added the Greenroom, a 1500 square foot reception and meeting room, along with wing space and restrooms, two full time staff members and a host of volunteers, all with one goal... to serve our community as best we can.

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Monster Movie Mondays
Monday 8/11
Monster Movie Mondays 08/11/2014
$5.00
SHOW 7:00pm
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THE SCREAMING SKULL (1958) Newlywed bride returns to first wife’s mansion.
John Hudson, Peggy Webber

THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE (1962) A surgeon working on experimental transplant procedures... Jason Evers, Virginia Leith, Leslie Daniels

The Arena - BARBED WIRE CREEK
Saturday 8/23
The Arena - BARBED WIRE CREEK 08/23/2014
$10.00, 50.00
SHOW 7:00pm
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Founded in the community of Bayou George , Florida, Barbed Wire Creek is a hard rockin' country/southern rock quartet featuring a heavy hitting rhythm section and screaming harmonizing guitars. The band consists of members Cody "Cooder" Bennett , Lead Vocals and Guitars, Benjamin Castro, Guitars, Sandip "Sandi" Roy, Bass Guitar, and Scott "Big Nasty" Fryer on drums and backing vocals

Monster Movie Mondays
Monday 8/25
Monster Movie Mondays 08/25/2014
$5.00
SHOW 7:00pm
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We will be voting thoughout the series for either double bill:
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (Silent) (1923) The original classic. Lon Chany, Sr., Patsy Ruth Miller, Brandon Hurst.
JEKYLL AND HYDE (Silent) (1920) John Barrymore, Martha Mansfield, Brandon Hurst
Or
THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (1960) A world wide plague has left the world as zombie-like vampires, all except Dr. Robert Morgan... Vincent Price, Franca Bettoia, Emma Danieli
THE LAST WOMAN ON EARTH (1960) After a scuba trip, three friends surface to find everyone else dead. Betsy Jones-Moreland, Anthony Carbone, Robert Towne

The Arena - HEAT AND THE ZYDECO GENTS
Saturday 8/30
The Arena - HEAT AND THE ZYDECO GENTS 08/30/2014
$10.00, 50.00
SHOW 7:00pm
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It's a MARDI GRAS PARTY - Join us for an experience like you've never had before. Heat & The Zydeco Gents will be performing in a transformed auditorium of the Martin Theatre. Arena style seating, reserved VIP stage tables and a dance floor just to name a few. Tickets are just $10 and proceeds benefit the Children's Home Society. But wait - wear your best Mardi Gras Apparel and receive $5 off your ticket. Purchase tickets www.martintheatre.com or (850) 763-8080.

The Arena - THE GANN FAMILY
Saturday 9/06
The Arena - THE GANN FAMILY 09/06/2014
$10.00, 50.00
SHOW 7:00pm
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This family began traveling together as a group in mid 2008. Before this time, Calving had traveled with a group that he and his brother Phil Gann started some 28 years ago called "The Gann Brothers". God began to show Calving that he needed to move in a new direction with his ministry so he made the hard decision to leave what was familiar and start a group with his wife, two kids, son-in-law and grandbaby of course. God has truly blessed this ministry as a result of them stepping out on faith and being willing to spread the word thrOUGH song.

The Arena - LOUD PLANET
Saturday 9/13
The Arena - LOUD PLANET 09/13/2014
$10.00, 50.00
SHOW 7:00pm
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Three former members of Heartbeat City have joined with the three members of Reasonable Doubt to form Loud Planet – a 70s 80s and 90s rock extravaganza!

Featuring:
Tony Delamont – Vocals and Bass Guitar
Chris Boswell – Vocals and Drums
Shawn Perry – Vocals and Keyboards
Jaime Bunczek – Vocals and Guitar
Dale Parker – Vocals and Guitar
Michelle Cammarata – Featured Vocalist

The Arena - HERITAGE
Saturday 9/20
The Arena - HERITAGE 09/20/2014
$10.00, 50.00
SHOW 7:00pm
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“What does Heritage sound like?” Mix Bob Marley, Incubus, Santana, and Rage Against the Machine in a blender, sprinkle in a little Sublime and Citizen Cope, & drink up!

“What can you expect from Heritage show?” Listeners may expect tons of energy, dancing, jamming, jokes, not very much dignity, a touch of reality and always GOOD VIBES…