Murray Theatre

4961 State Street,
Murray, UT

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The Murray was one of two movie theaters in downtown Murray, a town located in the middle of the Salt Lake valley.

The Murray showed second-run movies for a long period, but ultimately could not compete with the explosion of multiplexes in recent years. Before closing, the theater tried for a time to do live entertainment.

The theater was most recently used as a church.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 14, 2006 at 4:36 am

Here is a recent photo of the Murray Theater.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on July 13, 2007 at 5:34 pm

When the Murray Theatre was occupied by the Unity Church, I was purely involved as a volunteer producer of their productions and mainly for the “theatrics” of the Service.

The building was preserved as to the ability of limited funding as well as generous donations of equipment and supplies needed. Everywhere was completely cleaned and painted. A new HVAC system was also installed.

Both of the side shops were incorporated into use by the theater; one as a complete coffee shop and the other as a book store. The third building was ideal as classrooms complete with restrooms.

The red velvet curtains were in excellent shape but the electric motor needed replacing. But pulling by hand worked just fine! Gone were the footlights due to the stage apron cascading down in tiers of wide steps, thus removing several rows of seats.

I installed all new shelving for the marquee letters plus adding spots and floods to the newly updated stage lighting system. Normal projection had been removed ages ago but the screen was in very good shape along with the huge audio cables which traversed above the false ceiling. The blue and gold Neon surrounding the air ducts worked just fine.

In ending, my question question is “Why hasn’t the owner of the Murray used this venue for concerts, film festivals and stand-up comedy? Users could bring in their own equipment and the rent would keep the lights "ON”. As for almost no parking, I understand there is a huge lot within a block or two.

Let’s get it on boys and girls… and have some fun doing it!

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on July 13, 2007 at 5:38 pm

Sorry, I forgot to mention that everything was brought up to safety code and that that included the fire department; they had an extra fire exit installed leading from the auditorium onto a lovely sunny patio -just right for an over-flow reception. Mmmm good!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 23, 2008 at 9:51 am

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.

Murray Theater (added 2001 – Building – #01000476)
4961 S. State St., Murray

Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event
Architect, builder, or engineer: Fors & Johnson, Paulsen, A.B.
Architectural Style: Moderne
Area of Significance: Entertainment/Recreation, Social History, Architecture
Period of Significance: 1925-1949, 1950-1974
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Commerce/Trade, Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Department Store, Professional, Theater
Current Function: Religion
Current Sub-function: Religious Structure

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on August 28, 2008 at 10:01 pm

Thank you, “Lost Memory” for the Oct ‘06 photo of the facade… but what happened to the marquee? Was it wanton damage or just neglect by the stupid owner who won’t lease the place for a fair price???

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 29, 2008 at 7:16 am

Simon….the Murray Theater is now the Super Murray Theater. Its a dance club/concert venue. This is a photo and here is some additional information. That link gives the address as 4969 South State Street. Regardless of which numbers are used for the address, the street name is South State Street.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 8, 2009 at 10:19 am

Status should be open. Function is concerts. Theater is spelled with an “er” and here is the Murray Theater website.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 9, 2009 at 11:47 am

This is a 2009 photo of the Murray Theater.

nostalaged
nostalaged on January 25, 2009 at 10:33 am

I have memories of being “dropped off” with my cousins when we were young to catch a double feature, I remember one movie was “The Watcher in the Woods” and I think it cost only a dollar. This was probably in the late 1970’s. It was the time that megaplexes were starting to pop up everywhere, and the Murray was starting to show wear and tear, even though the auditorium was very full. I believe I remember a similar theater elsewhere in Salt Lake, called the Logan?? I think same size, layout etc.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 7, 2009 at 5:57 pm

The year given for this photo is 2003.

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