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Columbia in Maury County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Princess Theatre

1882-1949

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 6, 2020
1. The Princess Theatre Marker
Inscription.  

The Princess Theatre was originally built as the Grand Opera House in 1882. It seated up to 500 patrons and hosted a constant circuit of live acts and plays. Vaudeville, comedy, animal acts and Shakespearean plays were performed on stage. In 1918 the theatre was remodeled for the showing of movies as well. Barnum & Bailey, Gene Autry, and Buffalo Bill's Wild West are among the notables that performed here. In 1949 a fire started backstage and destroyed the theatre and the adjacent Bethel House Hotel.
 
Erected by City of Columbia, Tennessee.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersEntertainmentIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 35° 36.91′ N, 87° 2.165′ W. Marker is in Columbia, Tennessee, in Maury County. Marker is on West 7th Street (Business U.S. 412) west of South Garden Street (Business U.S. 412), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 West 7th Street, Columbia TN 38401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bethel House Hotel (here, next to this marker); James K. Polk House
The Princess Theatre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 6, 2020
2. The Princess Theatre Marker
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Knox Polk (about 400 feet away); Nelson House Hotel (about 800 feet away); Freedmen's Savings Bank and Trust Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1946 Columbia Race Riot (approx. ¼ mile away); A.J. Morton Funeral Home (approx. ¼ mile away); Columbia Fire Department (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 10, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 10, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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Nov. 23, 2020