Murray Theater

10th Street,
Richmond, IN 47374

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Murray/Richmond Civic Theater, Richmond, IN

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In the early-1900’s, the Murray Theater was a vaudeville theater.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Don Lewis / Billy Smith

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 30, 2012 at 9:59 pm

The Murray Theatre is Richmond’s splendid survivor. Opened on October 11, 1909, the 700-seat house was primarily a vaudeville theater. The Murray Theatre was designed by architect Fred W. Elliot.

In 1930 the house closed, but was reopened the following year as the Indiana Theatre, devoted to movies. In 1952 the local theater company, the Richmond Civic Theatre, began leasing the Indiana Theatre for its performances, and the company bought the house in 1966. In 1984, the name Murray Theatre was restored, and the venerable house was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

After more than a half century, the Richmond Civic Theatre continues to operate the Murray Theatre as its main stage, mounting several productions each year. The company also has plans to launch a classic film series some time in the future.

In 2009, local blogger Dan Tate posted this entry in honor of the Murray Theatre’s centennial. It features several vintage illustrations of the Murray, as well as pictures of several other Richmond theaters.

The Murray Theatre is located at 1003 E. Main Street. Here is the web site of the Richmond Civic Theatre.

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