Princess Theatre

South State Street and E. Main Street,
Franklin, ID 37857

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Functions: Community Center

Previous Names: Princess Opera House

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The archives of the Deseret News in Salt Lake City date the Princess Opera House in Idaho’s oldest town back to at least 1902. The Film Daily Yearbook of 1928 lists it as having 300 seats. Located in the Spring Creek Building, the building has been purchased and restored by a private party. There is no theater seating, just fold-up chairs so the building is just used as a meeting hall.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 3, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Why do the description and the address field both place this theater in New Hampshire? It’s clearly supposed to be Franklin, Idaho.

Here is a modern photo of the Princess Theatre. This might be the same theater listed in the 1906 Cahn guide as the Franklin Opera House, though I can’t imagine how they ever crammed the 500 seats Cahn’s guide said it held into that tiny building, which looks to be about 30' x 80'. Franklin then had a population of 875, according to Cahn, so I doubt that it supported two theaters.

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