Princess Theatre

12 NE Fourth Street,
Minneapolis, MN 55413

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Previously operated by: Publix Theaters Corporation

Architects: Harry G. Carter, Perry E. Crosier

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Princess Theater on 4th Street N.E., white building left of center. March 19, 1953 photo credit Minnesota Historical Society.

The Princess Theatre opened in 1909 with seating listed at 810. The theatre was operated by Publix and Franklin Amusements for a while but I could find no information after those two.

The theatre closed in 1955 and was later demolished. There is an office building where the theatre once stood.

Contributed by Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 28, 2010 at 2:37 pm

The Perry E. Crosier papers at the University of Minnesota include a listing for the Princess Theatre, 12 4th Street NE, with dates of 1920 and 1934. Both Perry Crosier and Harry G. Carter are credited.

KJB2012 on May 9, 2011 at 11:37 pm

The Princess Bulletin (program) dated 23 Oct 1909 states that the Princess has 1000 seats, “everyone being large and comfortable”.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 13, 2016 at 6:21 am

This project noted in the November, 1908, issue of The Clay Worker was probably the Princess, despite the location being given as Fifth Street and Central Avenue:

“The Samuel H. Chute Company has let the contract to F. G. McMillan for the erection at Fifth street and Central avenue of a brick and tile theater building, the foundation for which is to be completed this fall. Harry G. Carter is the architect. Cost, $50,000.”
Harry G. Carter died in 1910, and his obituary noted that the Princess Theatre had been his most recent project. Records of City Council meetings in August, 1908, indicate that the S.H. Chute Co. was building a theater at 10-12-14 Forth Street NE.

DavidZornig on September 2, 2020 at 8:17 pm

Confirmed Demolished. Rafter Minneapolis apartment rental tower now on the site. Retail on the first floor. 1953 & 1973 photos added.

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