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 S. 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 theatre could originally seat 900.
The Princess Theatre was one of the premier legitimate houses in Chicago when it opened, and for its first decade or so continued on as a legitimate theatre, before turning to vaudeville and movies. By the end of the 1920’s, it was solely a movie theatre, and remained so until closing in 1937.
This gem of early-20th century theatre architecture in Chicago was, sadly, razed in 1941 to make way for a parking lot. Since 1991, the Metcalfe Federal Building has stood on this site.
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