Princess Theater

58 State Street,
Hartford, CT 06103

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I found a photo of the Princess Theater from the 1950s (which can be seen on the website below).

Any further information on this theater would be appreciated.

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Buckley
Buckley on June 28, 2007 at 11:29 pm

In 1952, this was one of my favorite theaters. It always had two features, news, previews and two cartoons. Doors opened at 10:00 with first showing at 10:15. One of my favorite stories that I tell, is the day that I saw two movies at the Princess, ran out, took a right and took a second right on Main St.. Ran up to the Grand Theater across from the G. Fox company, to see two more movies. Came out, reversed direction back to Asylum St. Turned right, ran down past the E.M. Loew’s to the Allyn theater and got in just before the 5pm curfew for kids to be allowed in on their own. Six movies in one day along with all of the previews, cartoons and other stuff. My absolute best movie day. Hartford had six theaters downtown. I attended all of them. A lot!

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 23, 2007 at 1:20 pm

The Princess was located a couple of doors away from the Regal Theatre, which was at 42 State Street. You can see the marquees (sort of) of both theatres in one photo in the “Images of America” book Hartford, Volume I on page 22.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 23, 2007 at 1:28 pm

Part of the entrance to the theatre along with a billboard for the 1930 Marion Davies film Not So Dumb can be seen on page 23 of the volume I just mentioned in my previous post above. Also on that page is another photo of the Princess in 1930, a long shot of the area buildings. The billboard here is for the 1930 Doorway to Hell.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 23, 2007 at 1:33 pm

And yet two more on page 25 of the above volume. Two photos of the Regal in the foreground and the Princess in the background. In one you can see the marquee display on the Princess as the 1946 The Dark Corner.

Buckley
Buckley on March 15, 2009 at 3:15 am

Was this theater next to the Regal? I recall back in the ‘50’s coming into the Northern end and seeing 2 boarded up theaters across from a large tire store. Believe it was Goodyear. I’ve been racking my brain to recall these theaters.
posted by AlLarkin on Dec 12, 2005 at 1:41pm

I don’t know when they shut down, but I know that I went to the Princess at least until 1954. The Regal and the Princess were on State Street, but were across from a plaza and the Old State House, not a tire store. The old pictures as shown on Hogriver.org, show the Lowes Poli and the Fox Poli. At least by 1952, they were re-named the Lowes and the Lowes Palace and were almost next to each other on Main Street, south of State Street. I learned later that E.M.Lowes theater wasn’t connected to the Lowes theater chain. Poli is in a mausoleum in the West Haven Cemetery about 200 feet from my fathers grave.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 16, 2009 at 12:32 pm

The Princess Theater is listed in 1955 with 699 seats.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on December 29, 2009 at 1:43 am

Found a pic of it in the Courant’s opinion section on bringing back a trolley.

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on July 9, 2010 at 7:59 am

This theatre has long since been demolished.

Also, the “related websites” link up top is no longer active.

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on November 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Wurlitzer II/7 organ, opus 1651, style “E-X” was installed in the Princess in October 1927. The organ seems to have been removed in 1964 and moved to a Methodist church in Auburn Maine.

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