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richardosborn. Here is the source
Yes, It had an organ 100 years ago.
Austin OrganNewark TheatreOpus 682 Size 2/18
Date of additions 1927 Cost $7,000; Additions: 5 ranks and traps
Austin OrganNewark TheatreOpus 682 Size 2/13
Date of installation 1917 Blower Serial #7825Horsepower 5Cost $4,400
Jake, I wish you would document your conclusions. The current Google Maps shows the building discussed in the above comments still standing and in use as described.
Current information on the Princess plus a little history update. The façade of the theatre was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The front half of the auditorium and stage walls collapsed in 1985. This area was razed and condominiums and commercial storeroom facilities were constructed in their place. The area that once contained the foyer and lobby has been renovated throughout the years for use as a variety of restaurants and was most recently home to a restaurant called the Village Pub.
Patsy, Most current information I could fing on the Princess is:
The façade of the theatre was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The front half of the auditorium and stage walls collapsed in 1985. This area was razed and condominiums and commercial storeroom facilities were constructed in their place. The area that once contained the foyer and lobby has been renovated throughout the years for use as a variety of restaurants and was most recently home to a restaurant called the Village Pub.
Patsy,When I attended IU in 1968-70, The Indiana was no longer Atmospheric, but if you read above it was art deco after a severe fire in 1933,, although it was so drab and dreary when I went to 2001 a Space Odyssey, the only interior impression was of a sad old theater that had not been cared for.
As regards the Princess, It has had a building collapse,and a fire that caused extensive damage. Next time I am in Bloomington I will try to go by and see what condition the building is in.
The Indiana has a new owner
This is not mapped correctly. It is about a mile south behind the Lowes.
Seems to be back as the Prewitt, but not a movie theatre. https://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/43321040/plainfields-prewitt-theatre-to-see-new-life?fbclid=IwAR3ZrtaVF9kD-9Au3BXe19YaA6x32vRKA_bh4L07-oN5b5I72lTtaqtynSY
“it was the first Atmospheric style theatre in the United States. The Majestic Theatre in Houston, Texas was the second.”
What about the Indiana in Terre Haute? January 28, 1922 opening, also an Eberson theater.
From a Terre Haute FB post today:
The former Rex movie theater at the southwest corner of Sixth and Locust came down today. It was one of a few remaining structures that housed neighborhood theaters remaining. I attended scores of movies there in the 1950s. No restrooms, a Coke machine (bottles) and candy. Don Bennett operated the theater and his projectionist booth was in the east end of the building right above the entrance. One center aisle with four or five seats on each side. I don’t know if it was built as a theater, but operated for decades. In the 1960s it became a Saps Donat outlet. It has been vacant for years.
The current owner posted a picture of the inside of the dance studio on Facebook that has been added to photos.
The Princess Theater transformed into an upscale bar and restaurant called Alchemy. But, it’s now closed because of a fire that caused extensive damage. It’s unclear if the restaurant will reopen. link
From comments on the article above,
“I’ve only dabbled in its history as well, but can add that Harry S. Bastian (a contractor and realtor) built at least the 2-story section in 1915-1916. The Peter Pan movie theater operated at least from 1916-1919, but was called the Superba Theater in 1920.”
“According to Gene Gladson’s book, “Indianapolis Theaters from A to Z”, the Peter Pan opened on December 24, 1915.”
The photo came from this article
Found this on the Stanford Theatre wed site:
Dennis James received his education as an organ performance major at Indiana University (BMus), (MMus), and continued with post graduate studies at Ohio State University and at Arizona State University. While he was in college, Dennis helped restore an Estey pipe organ once played by Hoagy Carmichael that was formerly in the Princess Theatre in Bloomington, Indiana, and he played that organ for campus silent film screenings.
The Limberlost Swamp in the eastern part of the present-day U.S. state of Indiana was a large, nationally known wetlands region with streams that flowed into the Wabash River. It originally covered 13,000 acres of present-day Adams and Jay counties
10/23/17 article about restoration efforts.
Article about the theater and a proposed use.
Article on Target with pictures of restored theater décor incorporated into the store.
August 5, 2014 article.
Should be reopening in weeks according to this article.
Maybe this status should be updated. Beautiful pictures taken last night.
Renovations Begin article