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Black History Month Event: The Emperor Jones

In honor of Black History Month, this Saturday February 22 at 7pm the Liberty Theater is proud to present a screening of the 1933 film The Emperor Jones, based on Eugene O’Neill’s first major hit play. The Emperor Jones was the first widely-released American film (i.e., not specifically targeted as a race film) featuring an African-American lead actor (and indeed, almost all of the cast), as well as Paul Robeson’s first notable film role. The New York Times review at the time stated “It is a distinguished offering, resolute and firm, with a most compelling portrayal by Paul Robeson of the ambitious Negro Pullman porter, Brutus Jones.” While some elements of the film have not aged well, it marks a milestone in African-American film history.

EVENT CENTER

The Liberty Theater serves as an event center for public and private rentals.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Our board of directors encourage all community members assist in keeping the Historic Liberty Theater beautiful and functional for generations to come.

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT

Our board hosts a number of events to entertain the community.

Visit the Liberty

The Liberty Theater Board Members encourage all of the community to see the rich history we have to offer.

OFFERING YOU AN ELEGANT HISTORIC LOCATION FOR ALL YOUR EVENT NEEDS

ALWAYS OPEN FOR YOU

Our board members make appointments around your schedule to tour or arrange rentals of the theater.

SUPPORT THE LIBERTY

The Liberty Theater is a non-for-profit organization.  We rely on the community to keep our doors open. If you would like to support the theater please visit our donation page.

COMMUNITY OWNED

The Historic Liberty Theater was an operating movie theater until 1998.  The city of Murphysboro purchased the theater to keep its vibrant history within the town.

OFFERING OVER A CENTURY OF HISTORY