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Murphy Theatre

Charles Webb Murphy, who owned the Chicago Cubs during 1906-1914, built this landmark in downtown Wilmington's historic district. A monument to Murphy, this theatre boasts 750 seats. Its grand, old-fashioned marquee still shines its lights over the center of town, welcoming travelers and the homeward bound.

Murphy Theatre
50 West Main Street

Wilmington, Ohio 45177

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Toll-Free: (877) 274-3848
Local Number: (937) 382-3643

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Special Hours: Open by appointment for group tours; open during regular season for special shows




Adults: 8.00 - 22.00
Seniors: 8.00 - 22.00
Children under age 12: 5.00 - 7.50



Outside The Murphy

A look at the entrance of the Murphy Theatre.

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  • Heritage Ohio's Historic Wilmington Itinerary
    by Partner Author

    Historic Wilmington, Ohio is a perfect place to plan a day trip to or spend a weekend. Located a short distance from Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton, Wilmington offers a wide variety of activities for you to experience. Downtown Wilmington is a beautiful Ohio downtown, full of unique shops and restaurants that are a must for any visitor to the area. The Wilmington-Clinton County are has a rich agricultural heritage. To celebrate their heritage, they've created a tour of 54 barns, artistically adorned with quilts for you to tour at your own leisure. The historic Murphy Theatre is a must-see location on your trip to Wilmington. The theatre offers a variety of films, concerts, and special events at very affordable prices. To learn more about Ohio's Main Streets, visit
  • The Sounds of the Holidays
    by Partner Author

    Have dinner at Wilmington’s historic General Denver Hotel before taking in a special musical extravaganza at the historic Murphy Theatre. The Murphy Christmas Show comes alive the first weekend in December with a cast of 200. It is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Get a good night’s sleep at the hotel before departing for Lebanon the next day and get ready for their Horse-Drawn Carriage Parade and Christmas Festival. Peruse Lebanon’s many specialty and antique shops and visit the street booths before watching the parade. After the parade, have lunch at the Golden Lamb, Ohio’s oldest continuously-operating inn, nationally known for their Americana fare and hospitality, as well as the antique and Shaker décor. Each room in the inn has been named for some of the most prominent political and literary figures of the 19th century who stayed here, such as Charles Dickens, Ulysses S. Grant and Mark Twain. It’s back to the hotel to freshen up before leaving for dinner theater at LaComedia, for another Christmas show. It’s back to the hotel and a good night’s sleep before departing the next morning.

  • Treasures from Simple Pleasures
    by Partner Author

    Begin the day by heading to downtown Wilmington for shopping at an historic mill that includes an antique mall and unique gift shop. From there it’s on to the historic Murphy Theatre, for a catered lunch in the lobby, a personalized tour of the theatre, and then the curtain goes up for a private show. Built in 1918 by the owner of the Chicago Cubs, the 750 seat theatre has been the beacon of the historic district for over 80 years. The grandeur of the Murphy is reminiscent of the beautiful theaters built during that time period. The Murphy continues to hold monthly shows by nationally acclaimed performers, recording artists, and entertainers. Then it’s on to Grandpa’s Pottery, our local potter, who operates out of a barn on his farm. Watch as a lump of clay is turned into a beautiful piece of art on the potter’s wheel and then see finished pieces in the showroom. He'll even create his piece of art with a paper bag over his head!  Finally it’s back to the hotel so the group can freshen up for dinner before heading to the General Denver for a home-cooked meal served in the dining room of this beautiful historic hotel. After getting a good night’s sleep and breakfast, spend the day in Cincinnati enjoying their many attractions such as the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, or the Freedom Center.

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