Watch UC, OSU football games on Murphy Theatre’s big screen this weekend


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WILMINGTON — The Murphy Theatre becomes Wilmington’s largest living room as the University of Cincinnati versus Alabama football playoff game plays the Murphy’s big screen on Friday (Dec. 31) at 3:30 p.m., followed on Saturday by THE Ohio State Buckeyes versus Utah in the Grandaddy of them all, the Rose Bowl, at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Yes, what started out as a few of us from The Murphy Theatre sitting around to watch the games on our extremely large screen has now turned into a sharing moment as we figured, “Hey, why not do the neighborly thing and invite some friends over?”

Admission to these games is free, but we ask you to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the cause as we “kick off” our United We Weigh, Two-Ton Foodraising Campaign, to help our two local food pantries. Through all of 2022, the Murphy Theatre will be collecting non-perishable food donations that we will then deliver to our two pantries at the end of each month.

Our goal is one ton of food for each pantry.

In addition to your non-perishable food donations, we will also be accepting cash donations to assist with disaster relief efforts for our neighbors to the south in Kentucky who sustained such horrific damage with the recent series of tornadoes.

No outside food or drinks will be permitted — aside from those non-perishable donations of course — but the Murphy Theatre’s own bar and concessions — Charlie’s Cast & Crew, the hippest place to enjoy a beverage, will open one hour before each game with Bob Baylor, celebrity mixologist to the stars serving up your favorite drinks of all sorts. Plus we’ll also be selling our warm, award-wanting popcorn, hot pretzels, candy, and as a special treat, hot dogs!

What’s a football game without these coveted tubes of unidentifiable meat product? So be a winner, buy a wiener!

Friday’s game is at 3:30, Saturday’s at 5:00. Charlie’s Cast & Crew opens one hour before each game, doors to the theatre open 30 minutes before kickoff. No reservations are required or taken, it will be general seating with the exception of a few of our special season-ticket box seats.

We’re keeping this a family-friendly event so your cooperation is appreciated.

If you are feeling ill, have chills or a fever, and have not been vaccinated we encourage you to stay home and get well.

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