112 2nd Avenue NE,
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Princess Theatre - Decatur (Official)
Previously operated by: Crescent Amusement Co.
Firms: Albert R. Frahn & Associates
Styles: Art Deco
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Built in 1887 as a livery stable, it was converted into the Princess Theatre in 1919, opening on December 30, 1919 as a playhouse and road show theatre. When the Princess Theatre opened, it seated 1,500 in cushioned seats.
The Princess Theatre was a large theatre for the city of Decatur, it had 12 exits for a speedy evacuation if needed.
The theatre was renovated in 1940 to the plans of local Decatur architectural firm Albert R. Frahn & Associates, and again in 1949, in an Art Deco style, with seating reduced to 989 with all new seats and more leg room. The Princess Theatre closed as a movie theatre in 1987.
It became a performing arts center in 1988 and then went through a complete renovation in 2001 and officially reopened in February of 2001.
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