Princess Theatre

14 W. Olive Street,
Aurora, MO 65605

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Princess Theater© Aurora MO / Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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The Princess Theatre has been in operation since it opened on December 16, 1943.

Sadly, it was closed in December 2009.

Contributed by Paul Salley

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HarryPotter778 on August 31, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Hey I live in Aurora and I think someone bought the Princess

HarryPotter778 on August 31, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Oh and I found a picture of the Princess that burned down look in the photo album

p43 on September 23, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Princess Theatre in Aurora, MO The Beautiful PRINCESS Theatre BUILDING is now Available through an ABSOLUTE AUCTION With No RESERVE!on Sat, Nov. 12, 2011 at 10:01AM Any Questions can be answered by Diamond S Auction Co. at 417-326-2828. The PRINCESS Theatre has been in operation since it opened on December 16, 1943 (68 YEARS) of Entertainment Excellence! DONT MISS YOUR CHANCES TO OWN THIS HISTORIC LANDMARK!

HarryPotter778 on October 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm

For decades, the Princess 3 Theatre brought visitors to downtown Aurora with the smell of wafting popcorn and the sight of captivated audiences enjoying movies. While the theater has been silent since 2009, it remained as a fixture on Olive Street, and at times a tourist attraction. The building will remain, but it will be under new ownership and possibly hold a new function. The Princess 3 Theater building and all its contents will be up for auction on November 12. “We are looking for someone to love it (the theater), as much as we do,” owner Tiffany Ruble said. “We want to sell it to someone who will keep it up,” owner Shelby Ruble said. The building will sell at 10:01 a.m., while the contents of the theater will be sold afterward, including a popcorn machine from the 1950s, sound system, memorabilia, etc. Diamond S Auction Co. is handling the auction. “If someone does want to come in and keep the building as a theater, they will most likely want all updated equipment,” Tiffany Ruble said. History The original Princess Theatre’s building served as a National Guard Armory and was built in 1906. In 1907, it was converted to an opera house, with the addition of a stage and balcony. The building had become dilapidated by 1922, when it was repaired and converted into a movie house by D.E. Pitton and J. Glenn Caldwell. Caldwell eventually became sole owner, and in 1939, he gave the Princess a complete modernization. On February 27, 1943, a fire started in the balcony from a cigarette and the building was destroyed beyond repair. Caldwell approached the War Board for permission to rebuild. He was granted permission on the conditions he used the original brick. The Boller-designed Princess opened December 16, 1943, with “True to Life,” starring Mary Martin and Dick Powell. The original movie poster still hangs in the theater’s lobby. Shelby Ruble purchased the theater in 1992 and operated it until 2009, when he suffered multiple heart attacks. The Princess theatre was designed by the same architect as the Landers Theatre in Springfield and the Route 66 Movie Theatre in Webb City. The Rubles have established a Facebook page for those who wish to share their memories of the theater.

p43 on October 18, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Larry on October 19, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Shelby and Tiffany, I am sorry to hear of the closing and auction of your theatre. You were always great customers of mine when I worked at Regal Dist. I hope everything goes well for you in the future.

HarryPotter778 on November 16, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I want to know who the new owner of the princess is

p43 on December 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm

The new owners is church on the rock pastored by robert mattingly. this surprised me.

HarryPotter778 on May 13, 2012 at 9:04 am

The princess is now going to be Church on the Rock it’s sad

p43 on May 11, 2015 at 10:47 pm

Thanks! Larry even 20 years under my belt at the Princess, I still miss it! But having 3 heart attacks in a single day, ruint all then with that scared customers away or they finding out deserted the Princess, that seemed to go down hill fast. Lost my home, my business, and if it for my wife, everything would been lost. We now life in a fantastic resort town on the flathead lake in north west Montana. Where we love it. But business can f u up seriously.but the Princess will never be the same and the chruch on the rock screwed it over and no longer a church, guess the holy spirit was with them. I have heard another clutch is going to give it a go. And like “Forrest Hump” “I guess that’s all I have to say about that” I sometimes wish I could’ve ran the Princess,but I look around where my family and I live now and I’ll never go back to misery,sorry I meant missouri. Thanks! For remembering me in such kindness.

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