Princess Theatre

123 E. Williams Street,
Wyoming, IL 61491

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Princess Theatre

This theatre appears on the 1913 map, sharing a long wooden building with a restaurant. The basic structure dated to before 1886, and had been an implement dealership. Gradually modified over the years, by 1907 the western half was a saloon.

A stage and scenery were provided at the rear for live performances. The rear section was quite a bit wider, which must have made sightlines from the rear seats quite poor.

Although the disappearance of the railroad tracks makes placement a bit confusing, this appears to have been demolished long ago.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 30, 2022 at 9:16 pm

The Princess Theatre is listed (without an address) in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory. I haven’t found the Princess mentioned in the trade journals, though two other houses in Wyoming, the Lyceum and the Paramount, were. The Lyceum last appears in 1923, but Marion Bodwell’s Paramount is still appearing in Boxoffice in the 1960s. I suspect that the Princess was a very short-lived theater.

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