Murray Theatre

218 Murray Street,
Rochester, NY 14606

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Murray Theatre

The Murray Theatre was a single screen, second run house located on Murray Street, just off Lyell Avenue in Rochester. The shoebox design had a stage and curtain but no proscenium or depth to the stage and had a balcony. The marquee, as I remember, was plain with red and blue neon lettering spelling the theatre name. Possibly not the original, as it was plain and not at all ornate.

The Murray Theatre closed in 1952 but briefly reopened February 27, 1954 with Guy Madison in “Red Snow” & “Pathfinder”, but closed finally just a while later. It took on a new life as a furniture store for several years. It is currently used as a church.

Contributed by Charles

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charlesc on November 16, 2007 at 6:13 pm

Is there anyone who can offer further information or possibly a photo of the Murray Theatre?

charlesc on November 16, 2007 at 6:28 pm

I don’t recall a Wurlitzer theatre organ in the Murray Theatre during the 1940s. Could it have been removed from the theatre prior to this period? I remember an upright piano,to the left side of the stage. Circa 1944.

kencmcintyre on July 26, 2008 at 6:00 pm

Here is a listing for the church that is currently at 218 Murray Street:

Here is a photo of the building taken from Google maps. Function should be changed to church.

ClassicTheater on October 21, 2009 at 10:36 pm

Here’s a 2007 photo of what was once the Murray Theater, where my mom and dad went for dates before they were married in 1948. View link

Charles3 on July 17, 2016 at 8:22 pm

Are there any photos of the Murray,when it was a theatre?

dallasmovietheaters on January 10, 2018 at 3:29 am

The Murray Theatre reopened briefly on February 27, 1954 with “Red Snow” and “Pathfinder” only to close again in 1954.

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