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.
THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1959) A house party in which those who stay through the night win $10,000. Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - (1960) A florist shop that grows a “beastly” bloom.
Jack Nicholson, Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph
ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEACHES (1959) Mysterious disappearances grip the swamp patrolled by Game Warden Steve Benton, Ken Clark, Yvette Vickers, Jan Shepard
CREATURE OF THE HAUNTED SEA (1961) An American gangster agrees to transport a group of Caribbean island exiles and their national treasury to safe haven. Anthony Carbone, Betsy Jones-Moreland
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
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
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
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
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.