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Things from Steve

June 21, 2024

Issue #83

You know what they say, “If you can’t stand the heat, come over to the Murphy Theatre. Yes, my friends, we’ve been showing FREE movies all week long during these 90+ degree afternoons, so yoos can escape the scorching heat and hang with the likes of us cool folk.

Some say, “Hey Steve, we understand admission to these movies is free, but does it still cost you guys to offer this?”

To that query we say, “Yes, Mildred.”

Most films average costing us somewhere in the range of $250.00 to $400.00 for the rights, whether admission is charged, or free for our patrons. Toss in our labor costs and a few other assorted nuts and bolts, and we’re looking at somewhere in the range of $500.00 each time we do a movie. But we make that up by selling two buckets of popcorn.

1) And the movies just keep on a’comin’! TODAY, Friday, at 2:00 come join the family fun with the 2000 film, Snow Day, starring Chevy Chase, Jean Smart, Chris Elliot, and Iggy Pop. Doors open at 1:00, and Charlie’s concessions will be available for your snacking pleasure. The movie is free for everyone, young and old, members of the Murphy, and those who hope to be members at some point.

2) Later tonight, Happy Friday Hours returns from 4:00 to 7:00. Relax in Charlie’s and enjoy your favorite adult beverage with friends and foes while sharing your wildest fantasies about our presidential candidates.

3) Speaking of uncontrollable laughter, comedian Rod Paulette makes the funny on our stage, Saturday night, June 22 at 7:30. Special guest Marci Deloney opens for Rod and the entire night promises to be funnier than election night, and there will only be tears of laughter.

4) Just like Christmas, Independence Day comes early this year, at least for us, as Friday, June 28, we welcome back the Clinton County Community Band with a 6:00 concert entitled, Prelude to Fireworks, followed by a 7:15 showing of the 1996 movie, Independence Day, starring Will Smith. This movie is rated PG-13. Tickets for the evening are $10.00 at the door, but as you already know, if you’re a Murphy member it’s free! Special safety notice, despite the name of the concert, there will not be fireworks in the theatre that night.

5) Some folks are starting to call us the Nashville of the North. Others are starting to call us The Grand Old Murphy. Still others are calling us desperate for a cool nickname. But the Grand Ole Opry, the original home for great country music has been well represented here lately, and this year The French Family Band continues that fine tradition. Camille, Stuie and Sonny are back for a second year with their wonderful brand of family-friendly country music, on Saturday, June 29, at 7:30. Take advantage of this opportunity for the entire family to enjoy a night out before these folks get more popular and we can’t afford them anymore.

Get your tickets today! That’s an order.

6) SMARTY PANTS TRIVIA is by far the most important trivia show on a Tuesday night in downtown Wilmington Ohio, and we’re just grateful we’re hosting it. Could you be the next Smarty Pants Champ? Our next trivia night is Tuesday, July 2. Doors in Charlie’s open at 5:45, and the first question falls out of my mouth at 6:30. Subjects we might consider include, Famous Amy’s, James Dean Movies, The Declaration of Independence, and Dog Days of Summer. Just $5 to play, and Murphy members of course play for free.

7) EMO KIDS is almost here! Jojo’s birthday marks the big day, Friday, July 12, for a 7:30 performance. If you go to their website, or here, you can participate in choosing the song list for our concert, or even request to be a guest singer.

8) Saturday, July 13 the 1955 coming-of-age romantic drama, Rebel without a Cause, starring James Dean, Natalie Wood, and Sal Mineo plays the Murphy Theatre silver screen. Directed by Nicholas Ray, with a PG-13 rating, Rebel without a Cause starts at 7:00 and is just $5.00 to get in, unless you’re a Murphy member, then it’s free. And by the way, our food donation table in the lobby has sort of stalled out, not getting the love it once enjoyed, so we think this movie is a great night to really overload that table and crush the legs from all the weight of those cans of tuna and peaches. Thank you in advance for your consideration, and generosity.

9) We all know the tune, “Don we know, and his gray apples…” We told you Christmas was coming early this year, and Saturday, July 20 we’re hosting the Murphy’s Christmas in July. We’ll have a bevy of women-owned businesses in our lobby and throughout the theatre, and who doesn’t like a good bevy? And we’ll show two movies that night, starting with the 2006 romantic comedy, The Holiday, rated PG-13, and starring Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, and Jack Black, followed shortly thereafter by the 1989, PG-13 holiday classic, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo. Admission is $10, and a donation of brand new, unopened socks and undies, that will be donated to shelters helping the less fortunate women and their children in our community. Doors open at 3:30 for shopping and snacks, and the first movie gets under way at 5:00.

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10) ATTENTION ALL THOSE WHO PURCHASE CONCERT TICKETS! PLEASE, don’t be fooled by other ticket agencies selling Murphy Theatre concert tickets. Those other “agencies” should be dipped naked in caramel next to a colony of red ants. There is only one place you can get the real deal, and the best deal, and that’s by calling us, or purchasing your tickets through our website.



Vanessa Del Ray and Breck Stone.


If you can’t be kind, you can’t be here

Joe Spicer, President

Cindy Camp, Vice President

Veronica Campbell, Secretary

Paul Fear, Treasurer

Mark Miars, Dustin Williams, Bob Baylor,

Elexis Wiederhold, Nick Butcher, Joni Streber,

and Jennifer Hollon

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We wish to thank George F. and Charlene Bush, longtime friends and ardent patrons of The Murphy Theatre. The Bush family’s generosity to so many deserving, non-profit and educational organizations proves their commitment to leaving this community in a better, kinder, more hopeful place. Their lasting gift to The Murphy Theatre, through The Clinton County Foundation is truly appreciated and will be used to further their vision and commitment.

Have questions about the theatre? You can always drop us

a line at boxoffice@themurphytheatre.org

   Thank you again for all your generosity, and remember

when you are giving to The Murphy,

you’re giving to an organization

that is giving back to the community.

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