During Marilyn’s era, it was common practice for cinemas to continue screening popular movies several years after their initial release. In a ‘Throwback Thursday’ post, the Wilmington News Journal records that one of Marilyn’s earliest leading roles was showing in this Ohio town on this week in 1956, some four years after it first opened, alongside a John Wayne picture from 1944 and several new features.
“Showing at the Murphy Theatre were Bing Crosby in Anything Goes and Don’t Bother to Knock with Richard Widmark and Marilyn Monroe. Coming soon was Frank Sinatra in The Man With the Golden Arm and Burt Lancaster in Trapeze. At the Wilmington Drive-in were Gregory Peck in The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit and John Wayne in Tall in the Saddle.”