Mark I Theatre

126 Newberry Street,
Aiken, SC 29804

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Mark I Theatre

The Mark I Theatre in Aiken was a theatre that seemed to be in search of a Mark II that was never built. The Mark I was not much of a theatre by looks. It was a metal type structure, very simple. I saw it from the road but never went in.

I guess it seated 400 or so and was open around 15-20 years maybe. Being a resident of Georgia I really don’t know much about this theatre. Once Regal opened a horrible little 8-plex by Aiken Mall the writing was on the wall.

"Summer of ‘42" played there and also James Coburn in "The Honkers" at 7 and 9 PM.

I have no idea what company owned this theatre. When I saw the ads in the Augusta papers I always thought: ‘shouldn’t there be a Mark II?’ Never was.

This theatre is long gone. Last time in Aiken I couldn’t find it. It was located downtown right off the commercial strip.

Contributed by Mike Rogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 14, 2009 at 12:34 am

According to Aiken County resident and theatre historian,Bill Barkley, The MARK 1 was Twinned sometime in the Middle to late 70’s.
I don’t have proof to prove Bill wrong. I have a MARK 1 newspaper ad Showing THE HONKERS playing there 1972, And earlier SUMMER of 42. So the MARK 1 does have some history behind it. In 1982 Bill said of the Christmas holidays His son, Britt to see SHARKEY’S MACHINE. Both theatre people Curt Harris and Joe Goode {owner of the ART THEATRE in Augusta} went to see the MARK 1.
Bill, said once REGAL went in in the mall it became a dollar house.It was torn down for the new AIKEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER.

Like i said earlier it was a metal prefab building on Newberry St.
Thanks to Bill for this!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 14, 2009 at 7:47 pm

NOW PLAYING MARK 1

SEPT. 10 1971 …SUMMER OF 42. SHOWS at 7 & 9 pm. Admission is $1.50.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 9, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Now playing June 9 1972 THE LITTLE ARK rated G
NOW SHOWING July 2 1972 THE BISCUIT EATER rated G

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 29, 2010 at 9:34 pm

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” runs first run. The Mark I would be twinned in the late eighties as MARK II.Local residents missed that large screen when it was split into.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 29, 2010 at 9:35 pm

007 plays at the MARK II,“A VIEW TO A KILL” opens to strong crowds.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 4, 2011 at 11:01 pm

“OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT ” opens April 30 1976.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 5, 2011 at 6:26 pm

“SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT” opens 5-27-77 at the Mark I.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 10, 2011 at 3:21 am

Sept 24 1971 “THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN” opens in Aiken.At Mark one.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I posted the grand opening ad from July 22nd, 1971 here.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 25, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Yep,Chuck.right where the old Mark theatre stood.Beautiful new performing Arts Theatre.

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