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 11:32 am

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

teecee on March 2, 2006 at 4:45 pm

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 11:02 pm

Old photo with 1942 movie on marquee:
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on December 18, 2006 at 3:30 pm

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 3:47 pm

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 4:25 pm

1938 magazine article.
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teecee on January 20, 2008 at 9:01 pm

1947 program:

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1948 program:
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