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.
Tuesday afternoon February 18 at 1pm, SIH’s Second Act, a free membership program for adults age 50 and over, presents a Valentine Movie at the Liberty Theater.… Read more “SIH Second Act presents: A Valentine Movie”
This Sunday afternoon (February 16) we present our monthly matinee, a selection of Betty Boop cartoons from the 1930’s. She’ll flap her way into your hearts! Entry… Read more “Boop-Oop-a-Doop! Betty Boop Sunday afternoon”
The Liberty Theater serves as an event center for public and private rentals.
Our board of directors encourage all community members assist in keeping the Historic Liberty Theater beautiful and functional for generations to come.
Our board hosts a number of events to entertain the community.
ALWAYS OPEN FOR YOU
Our board members make appointments around your schedule to tour or arrange rentals of the theater.
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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.
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.