Princess Theatre

421 N. Roane Street,
Harriman, TN 37748

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Fans of the Princess hope for a January opening!

Opened November 16, 1939, replacing an earlier Princess Theatre which was destroyed by fire. This theater, the last of four in Harriman, closed in 1999. However, a restoration was planned by actor Muse Watson (the guy with the hook in “I Know What You Did Last Summer”), who lives in the area. Renovation and restoration work began in 2003. Renovations were completed for a March 22, 2012 reopening as a live theatre.

Contributed by Richard Saffles

Recent comments (view all 36 comments)

Patsy on May 15, 2012 at 9:56 am

JPaul: Love the flickr photos that show off the fabulous art deco exterior. The May 24th concert should be a “blast from the past”! Congrats to everyone involved in saving this “cinema treasure”!

Paul Mashburn
Paul Mashburn on May 16, 2012 at 10:36 am

Thanks Patsy…hope to see you there!

Patsy on May 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Paul: Unfortunately, I won’t be there so please post photos of the event on CT or send to my email ()

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on March 29, 2014 at 6:15 pm

A couple of questions: The opening paragraph says that the 1939 Princess replaced an earlier Princess which was destroyed by fire. So is the 1939 Princess in the shell of the 1926 building. The 1926 Princess appears to have burned twice. Or was there still an earlier (pre 1926) Princess Theatre in Harriman at a different location? Also, was the original owner Tony Sudekum / Crescent Amusement? I’m seeing his name appear in connection to a theatre in Harriman and many Crescent Theatres were named Princess.

Patsy on March 29, 2014 at 7:27 pm

There is a Princess Theatre in Mt. Dora Florida that needs to be restored.

Paul Mashburn
Paul Mashburn on November 6, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Simple answer, no, there is no inner shell…it was completely destroyed in ‘39 and rebuilt that same year.

Here are a couple of links:

Paul Mashburn
Paul Mashburn on November 6, 2014 at 6:20 pm

As for Crescent Amusement, I think you are correct, however I’m not sure of the owner name. Here are two more links concerning the memories of Dub Harmon:

Paul Mashburn
Paul Mashburn on November 6, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Patsy…if you are involved in the restoration, please don’t hesitate to contact the Princess Foundation for lessons learned.

Patsy on November 7, 2014 at 5:31 am

No I am not involved in the restoration though I do wish them well.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 21, 2015 at 3:39 pm

A short film made when the Princess reopened in 1939 can be seen at YouTube (I believe this film was previously linked, but the comment with the link has been removed.) The film consists mostly of scenes in Harriman, including schools, churches, factories, and shots of various worthies such as civic officials and members of the Rotary Club. A few scenes, mostly in the last couple of minutes, show the Princess Theatre.

One significant scene shows Crescent Amusement Company head Tony Sudekum greeting architect Joe Holman, so the Princess, like most Crescent houses of the period, was designed by the Nashville architectural firm Marr & Holman.

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