The Historic Murray Theater

The Historic Murray Theater’s distinctive architecture pops out of the strip malls of Murray’s State Street like a beacon of another time and place.

Walking up to the Murray on a beautiful stormy day.

Walking up to the Murray on a beautiful stormy day.

We are so lucky to call this beautiful building our own.

The old ticket window.

The old ticket window.

The Murray was originally built in 1938 as a movie theater.  You may recognize a few of the titles that played at its opening… Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz, to name a couple. It later transitioned into being used for private parties or cultural events—even hosting the great Judy Garland herself at one point.

A view from the front.

A view from the front.

As you walk up to the building, you can feel the history.  The façade is one of Utah’s greatest examples of Art Moderne (a subset of the 1930s Art Deco movement). Complete with horizontal windows, rounded corners, a flat roof, and vertical marquee, the Murray is a product of another time, an age of industry and decadence.

It just so happens that it is also the perfect setting for our play, What the Bellhop Saw, which takes place in a ritzy, 1930s-style hotel in New York City. Some famous examples of Art Deco in New York City include the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the Bryant Park Hotel, the Carlyle, and the Waldorf-Astoria.

The Chrysler Building, New York City

The Chrysler Building, New York City

Although the Historic Murray Theater is not on the same scale as these timeless landmarks, its lovely design will help us to reference a time long gone and transport our audience right into the action of the play.

Be sure to check in at our concierge desk before taking your seat. Maybe you’ll see a bellhop!

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The concierge desk.

You can buy your tickets now here or when you arrive at the theater. We look forward to seeing you there!