Upcoming Events

Friday February 15th, 7pm

For a slightly-belated Valentine’s Day celebration, come enjoy the classic 1940 romantic comedy His Girl Friday, starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. Admission is free (but of course a donation to the theater highly encouraged!). Doors open at 6:30pm. This launches a monthly series of Friday-night films at the Liberty.

Sunday February 17th, 1pm

Likewise, we are launching a monthly series of Sunday afternoon children’s films with 1939’s Technicolor animated version of Gulliver’s Travels. Again, admission is free but a donation is encouraged. Take the kids out for a fun matinee!

Friday March 15th, 7pm

We open St. Patrick’s Day weekend with the 1952 Irish classic The Quiet Man, starring Maureen O’Hara and Barry Fitzgerald. Oh, there’s some American guy in there too…

Sunday March 17th, 2pm

On St. Paddy’s Day itself, we have Disney’s Darby O’Gill and the Little People, featuring a pre-Bond Sean Connery.

Saturday April 6th, 2pm

The annual appearance of the Easter Bunny – bring all the kids!

Friday April 12th, 7pm

A new venue for this year’s trivia fundraiser for the Historic Liberty Theater – we’ll be at Big Muddy Brewing. Bring your most trivial friends and complete for many fine local prizes!

Friday April 19th, 7pm

Get a head start on 4/20 with some retro propaganda – 1936’s Reefer Madness, with the short Hemp for Victory.

Friday May 17th, 7pm

Join us in the ridiculing of a bad sci-fi movie (to be named later) in the style of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Sunday May 19th, 2pm

We will be presenting a selection of classic Merrie Melodies cartoons.

Saturday June 1st

The Shawnee Shorts Midwestern Film Festival returns to the Liberty.

Friday June 21st, 7pm

We kick off periodic exploration of the early films of Alfred Hitchcock with two 1927 silent films – The Ring (a boxing romance – get it?) and The Lodger, Hitch’s first thriller (featuring the first of his famous cameos).

Sunday June 23rd, 2pm

Come celebrate the 90th anniversary of local hero Popeye the Sailor Man in a selection of classic cartoons from the 30s through the 50s.

Friday July 19, 7pm

Our monthly classic film series continues with 1932’s A Farewell to Arms, starring Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes, based on Ernest Hemingway’s acclaimed novel.

Sunday July 21, 2pm

And our monthly family matinee for July is an offbeat retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk featuring Abbott & Costello.

September 11-14

Stay tuned for details of this year’s Murphysboro Apple Festival events.

Friday September 20, 7pm

Mystery Night features selections from the 1950’s TV series Sherlock Holmes, starring Ronald Howard (no, not that Ron Howard) as Sherlock and Howard Marion-Crawford with a more competent take on Dr. Watson.

Sunday September 22, 2pm

The family matinee this month features a batch of the original Felix the Cat shorts from the 20s and 30s, the first widely successful animated character in film.

Friday October 4, 7pm

We celebrate the spooky season with weekly films this year, starting with another Hitchcock double feature. Opening is 1931’s Rich and Strange (a.k.a. East of Shanghai), followed by early classic (and Hitch’s first talkie) Blackmail from 1929.

Friday October 11, 7pm

Stay tuned for some horror!

Friday October 18, 7pm

More Hitch! This time, it will be 1939’s Jamaica Inn starring Maureen O’Hara and Charles Laughton opening for the original version of The Man Who Knew Too Much (featuring Peter Lorre in his first English-speaking role).

Sunday October 20, 2pm

The monthly family matinee joins in the Halloween mood with the original (de?)incarnation of Casper the Friendly Ghost from 1945.

Friday October 25, 7pm

Stay tuned for some more horror!

Friday November 15, 7pm

Documentary Night Show – details TBD.

Sunday November 17, 2pm

Another Southern Illinois hero, Superman, is honored with selections from his early 1940s shorts.

Friday December 13, 7:30pm

Nathan George makes his annual visit to the Historic Liberty Theater – a don’t-miss event every year!

December (date tbd)

A cult classic for the holidays – Santa Claus Conquers the Martians!

Sundays at 11am

REAL Church of Murphysboro meets in the theater every Sunday morning.

Still to come in 2019