Princess Theatre

118 N. Church Street,
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

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Princess Theatre

Located on N. Church Street. This first Princess Theater in the town was opened by September 1914 on the east side of the square. It was equipped with a Reproduco organ (possibly a photoplayer). It was closed in 1936 to be replaced by a new Princess Theatre located on W. College Street which opened December 10, 1936 (which has its own page on Cinema Treasures).

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 19, 2018 at 2:06 am

The exact address of the first Princess Theatre was 118 N. Church Street. It operated from 1915 until 1923, when Crescent Amusement renovated the Sam Davis Opera House (originally Fox’s Opera House) at 132 W. College Street and moved the Princess name there. I don’t know if the original Princess was closed at that time or was kept open for a while under a different name.

SethG on June 29, 2021 at 9:03 pm

We need to put the correct address and operator in, and also throw away the really blurry copy of the photo currently used as the main picture.

Probably due to the operator, this is nearly identical to the Princess in Bowling Green, KY. Aside from an ugly modern storefront, it’s in pretty good shape and is used as offices.

SethG on June 29, 2021 at 9:11 pm

For more date information, the 1907 Sanborn shows some very modest businesses on this lot, in what are basically one story brick shacks. The September 1914 map shows the current structure as an ‘Elec. Picture Theatre’. No balcony is shown on that map, although the entrance lobby has a staircase on the south side. The theater is still shown on the February 1924 map, which does show a balcony (and that the rear wall is cracked).

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