About us

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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It's A Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play
Friday 12/12
It's A Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play 12/12/2014
$17.50
SHOW 7:30pm
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This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Five actors perform the dozens of characters in the radio play as well as produce the sound effects. With the help of this ensemble, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

It's A Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play
Saturday 12/13
It's A Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play 12/13/2014
$17.50
SHOW 7:30pm
Get Tickets

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Five actors perform the dozens of characters in the radio play as well as produce the sound effects. With the help of this ensemble, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

It's A Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play
Sunday 12/14
It's A Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play 12/14/2014
$17.50
SHOW 2:00pm
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This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Five actors perform the dozens of characters in the radio play as well as produce the sound effects. With the help of this ensemble, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

It's A Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play
Thursday 12/18
It's A Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play 12/18/2014
$17.50
SHOW 7:30pm
Get Tickets

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Five actors perform the dozens of characters in the radio play as well as produce the sound effects. With the help of this ensemble, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

It's A Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play
Friday 12/19
It's A Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play 12/19/2014
$17.50
SHOW 7:30pm
Get Tickets

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Five actors perform the dozens of characters in the radio play as well as produce the sound effects. With the help of this ensemble, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

It's A Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play
Saturday 12/20
It's A Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play 12/20/2014
$17.50
SHOW 7:30pm
Get Tickets

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Five actors perform the dozens of characters in the radio play as well as produce the sound effects. With the help of this ensemble, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.