Mars Theatre

70 N. Main Street,
Mars Hill, NC 28754

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Mars Theatre

The Mars Theatre is a vintage theatre in the heart of this college town. It has been closed for some time, but is under renovation in 2014. It reopened June 11, 2016.

Contributed by Mark Huffstetler

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 2, 2007 at 1:40 am

The Mars Theatre is listed in the 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook, but no seating capacity is given. This generally means that the theatre has recently opened and details have not been passed on to the editors.

kencmcintyre on May 3, 2007 at 11:46 am

Opened in 1947, according to this article:

CSWalczak on September 1, 2010 at 6:35 am

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TLSLOEWS on September 2, 2010 at 4:10 pm

From the article posted May 3 2007, does anyone know if they have done anything to reopen this theatre as the entertainment complex?

ncmark on July 7, 2013 at 5:51 pm

I think this is the only movie theater in Madison County. It has an interesting interior layout. It’s built on a hill and after coming into the small lobby you enter into the rear of the balcony or take a staircase down to the main floor. Although it’s been vacate for some time the seats and screen are still in place. The theater has a sign in the window saying it is available.

bwaldrop on July 29, 2014 at 6:27 pm

This theatre is currently under renovation. For more information check out

ncmark on October 20, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Work is under way to renovate the Mars. The doors were open recently and I peaked inside. This place has great potential. It’s interesting to step inside the small lobby and then enter right into the back row of the balcony. The main floor has a fairly steep rake to it and the entire space has a wonderful vibe. The curved screen is still in place and the stage area is being enlarged. 2015 should hopefully see this retro theater back in service. I’m not sure yet what the programming mix will be.

marshillradiotheatre on January 21, 2015 at 5:17 pm

I am making great progress with the renovation and will get some progress pictures posted. Our seating capacity will be in the low 200’s. It will also operate as a music venue.

ncmark on June 11, 2016 at 8:53 pm

After a long renovation the Mars Hill Radio Theatre reopens today, June 11, 2016 with a music concert. Movies are part of the mix as well and they kick off soon. A radio station is also based in the theater. This is welcome news for the theater that had been closed since 1992.

ncmark on April 26, 2018 at 3:58 pm

Signage recently went up that this theater is currently for lease or sale.

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