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A Santa Ana Register Article from 1936 says that Charles Walker opened the Princess on February 13, 1914 and then moved it in 1923 to Fourth Street as the New Princess. On the site of his old Princess he constructed his New Walker Theatre, which opened in 1924 and later became the Fox West Coast Theatre.
The Princess first appeared in movie listings on May 6, 1910 as the Empire Theatre but on June 28, 1910 it was announced that the Empire was becoming the Bell Theatre and it was proclaimed, “Now you can take your wife”.
Nine days before its 1914 opening an ad appeared in the Santa Ana Register saying, “Having purchased the Bell Theatre, we desire to announce that making some needed repairs and improvements, it will again be reopened to the public. It will be known as the Princess Theatre and will be operated as a high grade motion picture house”.
The Princess last appeared in the ads on September 5, 1923 and on September 6 the New Princess opened at 218 E. Fourth.
Other Walker theatres in town were Walkers State, formerly the West End (remodeled in 1935) and Walkers Theatre, formerly the Temple (renovated in 1936).
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