Princess Theater

432 E. Main Avenue,
Bowling Green, KY 42101

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Previously operated by: Crescent Amusement Co.

Functions: Office Space, Retail

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Princess Theater, Bowling Green, KY

Located at Fountain Square on Main Avenue in the middle of the block, the Princess Theater was opened by October 1914. It was closed for a while in 1925. It closed in the mid-1950’s.

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Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on November 28, 2007 at 7:04 pm

Actually they are now ironically in the building next to the State. There’s a photography studio in the Princess.

Also, it appears that 416 E. Main is at least the current mailing address for The Capitol.

AndrewBarrett on February 20, 2008 at 10:25 am

According to Bowers' “Encyclopedia” page 551, there was a “Palace” theatre in Bowling Green equipped with a Reproduco organ made by the Operators Piano Co. I could not find a page for the Palace, so I am putting this here for the time being.

AndrewBarrett on February 20, 2008 at 10:30 am

I just looked, and Bowers says there was a “Dreamland” theatre as well in Bowling Green, with another Reproduco organ.

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on April 18, 2010 at 9:44 pm

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Jane Forshee-Brown’s Photos – Old pictures of Bowling Green

has an old shot with the Princess in the background and comments.

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TLSLOEWS on July 10, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Tony Sudekum not Troy owned Crescent Amusment Co.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 13, 2010 at 10:04 am

Marilyn Dee Casto’s book “Actors, Audiences, and Historic Theaters of Kentucky” says that the Princess Theatre opened in 1914.

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on June 2, 2014 at 3:25 am

Andrew, I too am trying to find the Dreamland and the Palace.

The October 1914 Sanborn map for Bowling Green shows the theatre at 430-432 Main but doesn’t give a name. It does show the outline of the balcony.

The January 1909 Sanborn map shows a storefront Moving Picture Theatre (again no name) at 411 Park Row, the other side of the square from the Princess. The little theatre at 411 is no longer there in the 1914 map.

Regarding the Palace, several maps show the Potter Opera House at yet a 3rd location on the square. A fairly substantial building, it is conceivable it was renamed Palace at a later date.

BTW, smoe, not all, the Kentucky Sanborn maps are available on line for free – not all states – but KY and a handful of others. Not all the KY maps are there, but up into the teens for some towns.

SethG on June 7, 2022 at 7:01 pm

This is almost identical to the Princess in Murfreesboro, TN.

Trolleyguy on June 8, 2022 at 3:22 pm

Current use is office space and retail.

SethG on August 5, 2022 at 8:38 pm

The 1925 map shows this theater as vacant, so there must have been a pause in operations.

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