Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Historic Marion Theater



After 70 years, the Marion Theater in downtown Ocala, is still in business. It has been through some difficult times, but has survived by virtue of the goodwill and financial blessings of people in the community. Today it is showing "Hotel Transylvania 2" and "The Intern." It's the place to go if you're tired of "multiplexes" in "megaplexes."

21 comments:

William Kendall said...

I like the look of the place!

Kay said...

There was an historic theater like this in the next town over, Port Angeles. It was closed a couple of years ago because the chain that owned it didn't want to pay to upgrade the equipment to digital. A community group is trying to purchase it as a venue for live performances but they've still got an uphill climb to pull together $$$.

RedPat said...

It looks fabulous, Lowell! It is so beautifully Art Deco - I hope it has some heritage protection!

Lois said...

Oh wow! That is wonderful. We used to have two theaters like this in downtown Tallahassee, but sadly they are gone now.

Pietro and Cynthia said...

It looks beautiful!
Happy weekend!

Linda said...

I love the look of this theater, Lowell! It brings back fond memories for me of some old theaters that were here in Montreal and have either been torn down or repurposed. I miss the old theaters and it is because of this I just don't go to movies anymore, opting to watch movies at home either on YouTube or on the television. I am so glad that this theater is still there and is still open for business.

magiceye said...

Single screens are such a rarity

Pierre BOYER said...

Fantastic old theatre...
Enjoy your sunday my friend !

Pierre

llandudnopictures said...

A proper theatre, it looks magnificent!

Cezar and Léia said...

I like the sign and vintage architecture, great picture!
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PerthDailyPhoto said...

It's the place I'd choose every time Lowell :)

VP said...

Not my kind of movies, but surely my kind of theater!

Sharon Anck said...

I love places like this. When I was traveling for work, I was always searching out the older movie theaters and I found some great ones in St. Louis especially.

Birdman said...

LOVED "The Intern". No nudity. No Sex. No f-bombs. Still great. I give it 4****.

Bob Poris said...

Judging from its lack of financial success, it does not cater to enough possible customers to be profitable. I wonder why?

Kate said...

The BEST kind of theatre. I dislike the multiplexes.

Jack said...

I like the look of these old movie theaters. Fort Myers had a similar one, but I think it is now just an office building.

Halcyon said...

I love the look of it from the outside. But I have to admit, I like the comfort of the multi-plex. And I'm "petite" so stadium style seating is a bonus for me!

EG CameraGirl said...

Isn't it super that some communities still appreciate this kind of theatre?

José Mendonça said...

I just love the Art Deco architecture, hope they will always preserve it.

stardust said...

Nice to know the old local theater still operates while many mini theaters has gone here in my part of the world.

Yoko

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