Princess Theatre

130 W. 5th Avenue,
Mount Dora, FL 32757

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1940s street scene in Mt. Dora showing Princess Theatre

The Princess Theatre was Mt. Dora’s movie theatre for many years, it was destroyed by fire in 1922. It was rebuilt but was again destroyed by fire on July 4, 1928. It continued into the 1970’s.

The current building opened as the Princess Theatre on January 12, 1929. It was operated for many years by Florida State Theatres. It was closed by MCM Theatres on January 6, 1973. Today the building is a busy gift shop, but the box office and many inside features are still preserved, although seating has been removed.

Contributed by Irv Lipscomb

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

Patsy on April 18, 2011 at 8:19 am

Sure you like to see a 1940’s photo of this theatre that should be restored to a theatre again as Mount Dora is a quaint FL community in central FL. The 2006 post didn’t seem to work.

Patsy on April 18, 2011 at 8:33 am

This theatre still has its exterior design. Wonder why keeping it a theatre wasn’t preserved and wonder if there is a effort “afoot” to return the Princess Theatre to the citizens of Mt. Dora?? Hope so!

Patsy on May 25, 2011 at 8:01 am

The former Princess Theatre is now owned by Main Street Leasing. The number is 352-735-0334 if you want to inquire about returning it to the Princess Theatre again!

RichardCWolfe on May 25, 2011 at 10:46 am

Hello Patsy.

I was looking forward to meeting you some time back when you were going to visit my theatre in Northampton, but that never happened.
I always enjoy reading your posts.

Patsy on June 2, 2011 at 6:57 am

Richard: Thank you for your kind words and I hope to visit your community someday.

Patsy on June 2, 2011 at 6:59 am

I hope Mount Dora gets their Princess Theatre back someday. I plan to call Main Street Leasing that is now located at the former theatre site and speak with someone about my concerns.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on July 4, 2011 at 10:31 am

Here is my picture from June 2011. Sorry about the top of it getting washed out. The 3PM sun isn’t too picture-friendly.

Patsy on February 10, 2012 at 10:20 am

What’s the latest with this theatre that needs to be restored and returned to the citizens of Mt. Dora? If the nearby town of Eustis could do it, so can Mt. Dora!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 28, 2016 at 8:11 pm

A 1940s photo of Fifth Avenue showing the Princess Theatre accompanies this article from the April 11, 2016, issue of the Mount Dora Citizen. The article is about the lengthy permitting process for the proposed 12-screen EPIC theaters multiplex set to begin construction this year. The Mount Dora-Eustis area has been without a movie theater since the closing of the Eustis Plaza Twin in July, 1996. The Princess had closed in the 1970s.

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