The Liberty Theater

The Liberty Theater is a historic movie theater located in Murphysboro, Illinois. Built in 1913 as the Tilford Theatre, it was one of five movie theaters in Murphysboro. The theater’s name was changed in 1918 during a wave of patriotism inspired by World War I. In 1938, the Neo Classic style theater was remodeled in Art Deco style. During the remodel, the theater’s neon marquee was installed, and the building’s exterior walls were faced with black vitrolite. The theater continued to show films until 1998 and was the last of the original five theaters to close. After a renovation in 2002, the theater was reopened by a not-for-profit group.


The theater was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.

The building was listed as a Murphysboro Designated Local Landmark.


1333 Walnut Street

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