Princess Theatre

499 N. Clinton Avenue,
Trenton, NJ 08638

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Architects: Osborne Hunt

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Princess Theatre

The Princess Theatre opened in November 1914 with 900 seats. This small neighborhood theatre was still listed as open in the 1951 Film Daily Yearbook. The theatre has been closed for years, since probably the late-1960’s or early-1970’s. In 2020 the site is a vacant lot.

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teecee on June 14, 2005 at 2:45 am

“ Nearby at North Clinton Avenue and Meade Street stood “The Princess;” one of Trenton’s few neighborhood theaters (#392). Featuring decorative tilework and monumental metal cornice, the building has served as both The Princess Theater and The Holy Cross Church ”


teecee on July 6, 2005 at 2:25 am

“Princess Theatre, moving pictures, N Clinton av cor Mead”

listing in the 1920 Trenton City directory as hosted by

hondo59 on March 30, 2006 at 6:41 am

My father worked here as a projectionist. Unfortunately situated in East Trenton, a neighborhood that is not culture conscious, the Princess closed in the 1950s and torn down around 1990.

teecee on May 29, 2006 at 1:09 pm

Listed on page 137 of the 1925 Trenton City Directory under “Theatres and Moving Picture Houses”. Address not given.
Listed on page 1072 of the 1936 Trenton City Directory under “Theatres and Moving Picture Houses”. Address is 499 N. Clinton Ave.

hondo59 on May 27, 2008 at 9:31 am

The function should be changed to demolished.

RickB on April 25, 2009 at 7:55 am

Picture from 1975. Identified as the Rialto, but the street sign matches the Princess’s address.

tyrogers on September 20, 2010 at 3:46 pm

From the Trenton Times April 12, 1914, Charles Hildinger (my husband’s great-uncle, awarded the contract for the construction of the Princess Theatre to Mayer & Margerum to be completed within 90 working days. The architect was Osborne Hunt. It did not actually open until Thursday, November 8, 1914. The headline attraction was “413.” It had 900 seats, orchestra pit, fine ventilating system, and ten exits.

hondo on April 30, 2020 at 8:17 am

The Rialto was located by the Trenton Battle Monument and Pennington Avenue (Route 31). It was a theater that required the projectionist to climb up a ladder to into the booth. Safety last? Anyway, both the Princess (North Clinton Avenue) and Rialto locations are vacant today (2020).

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