Playhouse Theater

29 Hulfish Street,
Princeton, NJ 08542

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The Playhouse Theater opened as a movie theatre in December 1937. The theater was demolished in the 1960’s as part of urban renewal.

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teecee on March 2, 2006 at 3:32 am

Listed in the 1961 FDY as part of Associated Prudential Theatres, Inc.

teecee on March 2, 2006 at 8:45 am

Listed in the 1944 FDY. Listed in the 1976 International Motion Picture Almanac as part of the Sameric Corporation. Listed as the Eric Playhouse.

teecee on March 15, 2006 at 3:02 pm

Old photo with 1942 movie on marquee:
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on December 18, 2006 at 7:30 am

I believe that the Princeton Playhouse was originally a “legit” theatre and had a distinguished history prior to being reduced to a cinema. Many plays had “try-out” engagements there prior to Broadway. Some never made it to New York.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on December 29, 2006 at 7:47 am

I must correct an error that I posted on 12/18/06. I confused the Princeton Playhouse with Princeton’s famous McCarter Theatre. I have not been able to find any “legit” history for the Princeton Playhouse. It was a purpose-built cinema that first opened in December 1937 as part of the $4.5 million Civic Square project in the business district of Princeton. According to a report in The New York Times of 5/30/1937, the Princeton Playhouse’s auditorium was the first in the world to have a special “isophonic” curved ceiling, which provided “perfect” sound throughout and was invented by a physics professor at Princeton University. The auditorium was in “stadium” style, with an orchestra section of 900 seats, and a raised loge section of 300 seats at the rear.

teecee on March 4, 2007 at 8:25 am

1938 magazine article.
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teecee on January 20, 2008 at 1:01 pm

1947 program:

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1948 program:
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