Martin Cinerama

4218 Lindell Boulevard,
St. Louis, MO 63108

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Martin Cinerama

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In 1960, the Martin Cinerama, the first theatre built in St. Louis since the Fox Theatre in 1928, opened in 1963 as part of a chain of Martin Theatres of Georgia.

It claimed to have the world’s largest indoor screen, which measured 100 feet on a curve. The two story building attempted to be a “modern movie palace”. The entire theatre was dressed in all burnt orange with gold trim. It was carpeted wall to wall, with the seats even set on carpet.

Opened as a Cinerama format theatre, with the original three projector equipment and later 70mm. It ws an established road show house until its last few years of operation.

The theatre seated 1,120 total between the two floors. Trans Lux Theatres took over operation of the theatre and the Cinerama closed in 1988 and was demolished in 1997.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 3, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Never realized Martin went that far away from Georgia.

Sohaila on January 3, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I did just try to submit a picture of the cinerama but the web site is having some problems.
I will keep trying. I have some great pictures and will try to get them on the web site asap.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 4, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Yes,Plez do if you can.Movie ads anything we eat them up.

Sohaila on January 5, 2011 at 6:01 am

As soon as I can I will get several pictures up and they also how the interior of the building which was fabulous.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on January 5, 2011 at 8:01 am

Martin Theaters of Georgia, Inc. & Martin Theaters of Alabama, Inc. in the Martin Bldg., Columbus, Ga., Roy E. Martin Jr. Chairman of the Board had 159 theaters in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Martin CINERAMA, New Orleans, Louisiana, Martin CINERAMA, St. Louis, Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia and Seattle, Martin CINERAMA, Seattle, Washington.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on January 5, 2011 at 9:18 am

We don’t currently support “add-a-photo” options but hope to do so very soon. In the interim, many users post their images on Flickr and link to those in the comments section. We do truly hope to have the new site running in the near future.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on February 9, 2012 at 11:38 am

Y'all support “add-a-photo” NOW! :) Hopefully that earlier poster will come back to this site and upload more pics.

Weekend on March 12, 2014 at 11:50 pm

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been to this site. It certainly hasn’t improved any. That’s a shame. If anything, it’s more difficult than before to do an easy search for theaters. And photos are nonexistent. Poor, very poor.

Cinerama on February 18, 2015 at 12:43 pm

I have pictures of the theatre on my web site.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 18, 2015 at 4:43 pm

The J. Evan Miller collection of Cinerama Theater Plans lists the Martin Cinerama Theatre in St. Louis as having been designed by the architectural firm of Finch, Alexander, Barnes, Rothschild, & Paschal.

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