Princess Theatre

421 N. Roane Street,
Harriman, TN 37748

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Fans of the Princess hope for a January opening!

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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 31 comments)

JPaul on April 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Please change the “official” link to the Princess as Going strictly to the current link listed may prevent a lot of people from seeing current post.

Paul Mashburn

Paul Mashburn
Paul Mashburn on August 5, 2011 at 6:43 am

The comments made by Richard Saffles are somewhat misleading. Muse Watson is not personally restoring the Princess. It was a project born from a mutual dream held by both Muse and Gary Baker of Harriman. That dream was to reopen the Princess and give her a new purpose – to provide arts education to the children of the Roane and surrounding county areas. The project was funded by a Tennessee grant and money contributed by TVA after a disastrous ash spill. The theater will be operated by Roane State Community College and educational funds will keep the water and lights on!

Muse and Gary are integral parts to the restoration, and continue to drive the dream forward. Visit to keep up with the restoration progress.

Paul Mashburn
Paul Mashburn on March 19, 2012 at 1:08 pm

The Princess Theatre plans its Grand Opening March 22, 2012. We can hardly wait! She looks beautiful!

Check out our blog at

j3 on April 26, 2012 at 11:40 am

how do i go about renting this place out ?

Paul Mashburn
Paul Mashburn on May 14, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Go to the blog and check in the upper right corner…contact info is given there.

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.

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