Martin Theatre, Early 1950s, Thomson

Built by the Martin chain in the early 1950s, the interesting architecture of this theatre has been a central feature of downtown Thomson ever since. It became a twin theatre about 30 years ago and is open as a first-run venue today, known as the Thomson Twin Cinema.  The blocks above the marquee once read MARTIN. This central part of the historic downtown, on Main Street (busy US Highway 78) is the most visually interesting to me.

Thomson Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

3 thoughts on “Martin Theatre, Early 1950s, Thomson

  1. Ben Dooley

    Thanks Brian. very nice. I love the way on the front right how it appears to be “sneaking” into and in front the two story building next door. It has even taken over part of the bricked up window!

    1. Brian Brown Post author

      I thought that was neat, too, Ben. What kind of architecture would this be termed? I was thinking it’s “post Art Deco” but couldn’t figure it out.

      1. Ben Dooley

        Brian, I don’t know that it fits any “style”. The marquis sign is definitely an example of post war modernism very common on commercial buildings of the late 40’s and through the 50’s, but I think the facade is the product of a very clever designers imagination…it almost has a bit of an Aztec or Mayan temple feel. It is a rather impressive design which appears to be perhaps a new façade on an earlier building.

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