Princess Theatre

319 S. Clark Street,
Chicago, IL 60604

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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.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Broan
Broan on March 19, 2005 at 10:58 pm

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A pair of postcard views of the princess

teecee
teecee on April 11, 2005 at 10:24 am

Another old postcard:
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teecee
teecee on April 11, 2005 at 11:27 am

sorry, corrected link:
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HOUDINI1974
HOUDINI1974 on December 7, 2005 at 8:50 am

HOUDINI last shows in Chicago. Play March 8 until May 1st 1926.

CHICTH74
CHICTH74 on June 19, 2006 at 5:32 pm

Their was a show on PBS (the history det) talking a bout the Houdini Show. Was this the last of the shows that he played in Chicago?

Broan
Broan on November 1, 2006 at 12:03 pm

Here is another postcard view

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 1, 2008 at 8:56 am

The Princess was razed in July 1941, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Chicago Loses Another Theater

July 16-From Chicago comes word that any day now wreckers will start razing the Princess Theatre, on South Clark Street.

Broan
Broan on August 6, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Here is an interior view

Tordini
Tordini on February 12, 2013 at 2:25 am

Page 122 of the book HOUDINI ON MAGIC has a photograph of the exterior with Houdini’s advertising.

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