Princess Theatre

214 W. College Street,
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

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The Princess Theatre was the crown jewel of the Murfreesboro Public Square. It was built in 1937 to replace an earlier 500-seat Princess Theatre at another location on the Public Square at N. Church Street. The Princess Theatre was operated by Martin Theatres and later by Crescent Amusement Co. It was closed February 2, 1972. A branch of Calvary Bank was built on the site.

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Carol White
Carol White on August 27, 2017 at 8:10 am

There were two Princess theatres. The first was located on Church Street and the second on College. This site states it was on Martin which is not correct?

Carol White
Carol White on August 27, 2017 at 8:16 am

The Princess Theatre, Murfreesboro built in 1937 to replace the old Princess that opened in 1919 on the east side of the square. Closed February 02, 1972 and torn down to build Cavalry Bank. It had 539 seats on the floor and a smoking Loge(balcony), general admission balcony, and black only balcony. When it opened it did not have a concession stand and a very small lobby. Admission in 1958 was 10 cents for children, 35 cents adult, 5 cents colored child, 15 cents colored adult. Saturday RC matinees cost 6 RC bottlecaps.

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