Martin Theatre

626 Market Street,
Chattanooga, TN 37402

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Martin Theatre

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The State Theatre opened in 1928. In its later years it was known as the Martin Theatre which closed in 1979 and was demolished later that year.

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bvick777 on March 11, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Hi all, my dad worked with Martin Theaters for a good part of his life as did my grandfather. Their names are Bill Vick Sr. and Leo Vick. Any one know them. My dad worked in his later years at Broad St. Drive-In, 23rd St. Drive-In, Marbro Drive-In and Red Bank Drive-In. Red Bank was only a short time. I helped him out a lot on the weekends changing out ripped off speakers at Broad. St and 23rd st. Drive-In. I sure miss those days. If any one out there remembers my dad or my grandfather, please email me at I am living in Crown Point, Indiana now, where John Dillinger broke out of the Crown Point jail with a gun carved out of soap.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 26, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Did Chattanooga save any of the downtown Theatres.That 1978 marquee reminds me of so many black action films we played that decade in downtown theatres across the Nation.

CSWalczak on July 26, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Only one that I know of: the 1921 Rapp & Rapp Tivoli: /theaters/944/

bvick777 on July 26, 2010 at 8:57 pm

There are no more drive-ins left in Chattanooga. The only one left in the area that I know of is in Dunlap, across Signal Mountain. Last time I was there they were doing a pretty decent job of keeping the old memories alive and they got a pretty good business with regulars coming from all around. They still had the hot dogs and hamburgers, but no pizza dang But that was over 5 years since I have been there, and I have been in Indiana since then, so it may well be gone too.

bvick777 on July 28, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Well so much for that then. Its sad to know its gone like so many others have gone, to be replaced by grocery stores and walmarts. There is an old theatre here in downtown Crown Point that looks like it was built in the 30`s, I have plans on going there one day hopefully and talking to the projectionist and seeing if he will let me video him starting up a movie. If I do I will post a message on here and a link to youtube so everyone can see it. This is a walk in, not a drive in.

bvick777 on July 29, 2010 at 11:19 am

Yes I think that is the name of it. Ill be driving downtown maybe today or tomorrow so Ill check it out and see for sure.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 29, 2010 at 2:17 pm

most of those guys will be glad to let you video tape. I came across one prick in Beauford,S.C. at the Hwy 21 Drive-in.Today he is gone,him and his crabby old wife, and new owners have it they gave me an extensive interview,great new owners. Hwy 21 is on CT.

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on July 18, 2011 at 7:38 am

KenRoe et al, I’ve heard a rumor that the II/8 Wurlitzer from this theatre survived in Chattanooga in a person’s home into the 1990’s. Any confirmation or knowledge on this topic?

Shake_me on August 8, 2013 at 7:17 am

I lived in Chattanooga in the 50,s and worked at the Capital Theater as an usher I now live in Somerset Ky and we have a Twin Drive-in and its still going strong it shows all first runs a long with our walk in theaters.Back then their were Theaters all up and down Market Street most opened before noon and ran till 11pm and the side walks were so packed with people you could hardly move.

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