14 S. 13th Street,
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The Marlow’s Theater in Murphysboro, Illinois, was one of the largest of several theaters in southern Illinois operated by the Marlow Brothers, it opened as the Hippodrome Theater in January 1919. The theater was operated in a truly first class manner, seven-days-per-week, with matinees on Saturday and Sunday.
The theater featured a 32-foot-wide CinemaScope screen and full, 4-track magnetic sound that showcased such films as “Ben Hur” and “South Pacific” at premium prices ($2.50; the usual admission as late as 1967 was 75 cents for adults and 35 cents for children).
The Marlow’s Theatre was closed in July 1969 when the original owner James Marlow sold the building to the National City Bank and retired. The theatre was demolished in 1969, and the lot now houses the Regions bank drive-up.
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