Venus Theatre

204 N. Main Street,
Victoria, TX 77901

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The Princess Theatre was purchased in 1927-28 from F. S. Ferguson. Lease was undermined in 1931 by Jefferson amusement. Theatre reacquired by Frels Theatres in 1952, from Pete Stoilis. Operated as Mexican theatre in competition with the Victoria Theatre, which then changed to a third run house. Theatre was renamed Venus Theatre at this time. Theatre burned to the ground on Nov. 11, 1960. Tomasita (cat), a famous resident of downtown Victoria, survived this fire. Still an empty lot near the downtown square in Victoria.

Contributed by Brad Richards

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sepiatone
sepiatone on July 10, 2010 at 1:52 pm

The Princess was open as early as 1910. An ad in the December 6, 1910 Victoria Advocate listed three features at the Princess – “The Hustler Gets the Coin” (comedy) and “The Path of Duty” and “The Hand of Fate” (both dramas).

sepiatone
sepiatone on July 10, 2010 at 3:13 pm

The Princess was also once named the Paramount. An ad in the January 20, 1915 Victoria Advocate announced that the Paramount was opening at 7:00 p.m. that evening in the “Old Princess Theater Building”. The opening feature was “The Dancer and the King” with Cecil Spooner and Marquita Dwight.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 10, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Childrens Discovery Museum is listed at this address now.

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