Princess Theatre

229 SW Adams Street,
Peoria, IL 61602

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 2, 2015 at 2:06 am

The Princess Theatre was mentioned in the April 2, 1910, issue of The Billboard. I also found it in the October 7, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World, which said that the house had discontinued vaudeville and would begin a policy of feature films. The July 4, 1925, issue of MPW had this item:

E. S. Harris is remodeling the Princess at Peoria and adding a new organ and a complete projection room equipment. He will open the house about July 1 with a second-run policy.“
A 1914 photo of the original entrance of the Princess Theatre can be seen here.

JeffCarlson on January 21, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Here’s a great shot of the Princess:

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ABone on February 18, 2006 at 5:12 pm

The Princess in my time (l942 until it closed in 1954) was always a 2nd-run downtown theater. I find it hard to believe that it only seated 550, as it seemed larger. It had a large balcony, which you could feel shake when anyone of any size walked up or down the steps!