Grant Plaza Shopping Center,
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The Martin Theatre opened at the Grant Plaza shopping center on Friday, December 4, 1970. The theatre was the first automated theatre in the Shoals. This allowed the projectionist to press a button to start the movies and the automation equipment would dim the auditorium lights and start the show.
The theatre featured Xetron lamp houses. The screen size for cinemascope was 15 feet by 35 feet and the size for normal features (flat widescreen) was 15 feet by 28 feet. Helen Slay was the first manager of the location and Warren Carswell was the city manager for Martin Theatres.
This theatre became a Carmike theatre on October 25, 1985, along with the Capri 4 and Cinema Twin Theatres. The Martin’s last night of business was on June 9, 1988.
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