Princess Theater

116 E. Lafayette Street,
Rushville, IL 62681

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Princess Theater

The Princess Theater is operated entirely by volunteers from the town of Rushville.

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zahnle on January 9, 2002 at 8:28 am

~Princess Theater~

The Princess Theater located at 116 E. Lafayette was built in 1916. Closing after the third business persons and idle for two years, the community came together and purchased the building, restored it and now has movies on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and special movies by request. It has received numerous awards and publicity from all over the US because of its uniqueness. There are 147 investors who volunteer at the operation. For movie titles, call 217-322-2722, inquiries and messages may be left.

(Princess Theater, Rushville, IL)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 8, 2005 at 5:19 pm

The building first opened as the Princess Theatre on 12th May 1917, replacing an earlier theatre that was destroyed by fire in 1916.

In 1924 a 2Manual/5Rank Hinners organ was installed and one of the organists was bob Moore, who in later years worked for Balaban & Katz in Chicago playing organ in the Tivoli, Southtown and other theatres.

Also in 1924 the theatre was re-named Lloyd Theatre. The Lloyd was refurbished in 1974 when a new screen was erected, new carpets fitted, new stage drapes installed and a new marquee fitted to the facade. It continued as a movie theatre until 1993 when it closed. The theatre was remodeled and re-opened by the current management as the Princess Theatre in 1995.

timmy76 on February 16, 2007 at 12:13 pm

The theatre website states that it seats 272.

office email:


kencmcintyre on March 27, 2008 at 11:00 am

Here is a recent article about the theater:

TLSLOEWS on July 10, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Thanks for the photos.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 24, 2014 at 10:46 pm

The “Theater Changes” column of the October 4, 1937, issue of The Film Daily reported the change of name of the movie theater at Rushville, Illinois, from Princess to Lloyd.

Trolleyguy on May 19, 2016 at 8:40 am

Website link broken. Movie listings are on their Facebook page.

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