Marlow's Theater

14 S. 13th Street,
Murphysboro, IL 62966

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Marlow's Theatre

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.

Contributed by Michael Ellis

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 26, 2011 at 3:10 pm

This must be the theater that was the subject of an item in the trade journal Motion Picture News, issue of November 15, 1919:

“John Marlow, president and manager of the Hippodrome Theatre at Herrin, Ill., announces that their new theatre at Murphysboro, Ill., will open December 15. This theatre has a seating capacity of 1,600 and is elaborately furnished and contains a $15,000 pipe organ.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 18, 2012 at 3:49 am

Theater operator James Marlow is the subject of this article from the Murphysboro American of July 25, 2011. The article says that the Hippodrome/Marlow’s Theatre operated from 1919 until 1968.

An item in the October 23, 1973, issue of the Southern Illinoisan newspaper says that Marlow’s Theatre was demolished in 1969 to make way for a bank’s parking lot.

michaele on April 18, 2012 at 4:06 am

I’m the author of the Murphysboro American article series about James Marlow. The theater ceased operation in 1968 and was razed the following year.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 20, 2012 at 12:43 pm

An advertisement for the Philip Carey Roofing Company of Cincinnati appearing in the December, 1921, issue of the Journal of the American Institute of Architects featured a photo of the Hippodrome Theatre in Murphysboro. The caption credited the design of the house to the Murphysboro architectural firm Gill & Fath.

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