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Picturing the Past 17: When the Princess reignedPosted Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at 7:49 AM
Shelbyville's Princess Theatre, as it looked in February 1952. (T-G file photo)
I'd imagine anyone, even relatively-new residents today, has some memory connected with the Capri Theatre or its predecessor, the Princess.
Here's the Princess Theatre from a negative dated Feb. 27, 1952. It's amazing how little the theatre (Side note: What's the difference between a theat-re and theat-er?) has changed, at least in some respects, from its Princess days. Everything from the marquee up looks the same except for the name change.
The lower portion has changed quite a bit, though. Note the two ticket booths and what appear to be large double doors in front.
Showing was "Behave Yourself," a comedy starring Shelley Winters, Farley Granger and a Welsh terrier, according to the Internet Movie Database. "Behave Yourself" is in the public domain today, and www.imdb.com/title/tt0043327 links to the Internet Archive where it may be viewed online.
You'll also see "On Stage Zandorra" on the marquee sign. "Zandorra" is described in a Princess ad which ran in the Feb. 27 T-G as a "world-famous mystic" scheduled to appear at 10 a.m. the next morning for "ladies only" and allegedly predict their futures. Admission: 40 cents.
This photo was shot for the theater, according to the negative envelope, and wasn't published in the T-G -- so I have no idea who's pictured. But I wonder if the woman on the left is "Zandorra." She resembles the woman on the sidewalk sign.
Ads at the time showed three theaters in Shelbyville: The Princess, Bedford and 41 Drive-In.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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