“with a grand old-fashioned marquee that still shines”
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. The Murphy Theatre opened on a warm evening late in July of 1918, and although Charles Webb Murphy’s Chicago Cubs had won four pennants and two world series between 1906 and 1914, the opening of his theater seemed to give him more pleasure. He owned the Cubs, of course, and at the time it was said he was the best-known baseball man in the world. But when he built the Murphy he owned his hometown
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