319 S. Clark Street,
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The Princess Theatre was designed by the Milwaukee-based firm of Kirchoff & Rose (who would later design the famed Palace Theatre in New York City), and opened in 1906 on Clark Street.
The Beaux-Arts style facade was elegantly neo-classical, faced in brilliant white terra cotta with a red Spanish tile roof. Four two-story Corinthian-style columns supported a pediment. The theater could originally seat 900.
The Princess was one of the premier legitimate houses in Chicago when it opened, and for its first decade or so continued on as a legitimate theater, before turning to vaudeville and movies. By the end of the 1920’s, it was solely a movie theater, and remained so until closing in 1937.
This gem of early 20th century theater architecture in Chicago was, sadly, razed in 1941 to make way for a parking lot.
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