The Historic Liberty Theater

    In 1998, the Liberty Theater closed its doors after a long and glorious run lasting over 85 years.      The  closing of the Liberty, formerly known as the Tilford, represented the end of an era—the last    motion  picture theater in a city, which in 1913, boasted five such theaters.

   Thanks to the donation of the property by the City of Murphysboro, along with the generous    support  of donors and volunteers, the Liberty has come back to life as a home for the theater,    motion pictures, the arts and much more! Moreover, its prominent location downtown serves as a  visible symbol of Murphysboro's dedication to preserving its architectural treasures. In June of  2012, The  Historic Liberty Theater was placed on the National Register of Historic Sites.


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Admission for movies by donation and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. All proceeds go to support the ongoing restoration and maintenance of the Theater. Popcorn, candy and cold drinks, only $1 each! Come to the Liberty for old time enjoyment!

For more information, contact Mary LaReau  618-713-5737

Support the Liberty!

To assist in bringing the theater back to its former glory, The Historic Liberty Theater Board has developed The Historic Liberty Theater Fund to help pay for renovations. As a 501(c)(3) corporation, your donation to The Historic Liberty Theater is considered a charitable contribution and you can be assured that your contribution will be spent on projects associated with the renovation of the Theater. Contributions can be mailed to "The Historic Liberty" Theater Fund, PO Box 1603, Murphysboro, Illinois 62966.