Martini Theatre

One Sunday last month I was walking around downtown Galveston, Texas and found myself across the street from the beautiful old Martini Theatre building at the corner of Church and 21st streets. Closed in 1975, the movie theater was one of eight owned by the Martini family.

Martini Theatre, Galveston, TX, January 17, 2021

The art deco theater was built in 1937 and features a marquee facing 21st Street. There are currently no plans to restore or redevelop the property, but many islanders would like to see the theater revived writes Laura Elder in the Galveston Daily News. Originally the marquee sign lettering was mounted vertically on the corner of the building as in the photograph below.

Martini Theatre, Cinema Treasures

Modern Dolls selected to use a close-up image of the neon lights and marquee as the background image in our SoundCloud header.

Listen to Modern Dolls on SoundCloud, and be sure to check out the Martini Theatre next time you are in Galveston!