Prince Theatre

210 High Street,
Chestertown, MD 21620

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Additional Info

Architects: Alfred Lowther Forrest

Functions: Performing Arts

Previous Names: New Lyceum Theatre, Chester Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 410.810.2061
Manager: 410.810.2061

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prince theater aka new lyceum aka garfeild center for the arts

The New Lyceum Theatre was opened on October 25, 1928. A small gem of a theatre in colonial Chestertown, Maryland. This theatre is unassuming and nestled in so discreetly that if you blink, you’ll miss it. Around 1946 it was renamed Chester Theatre.

On March 15, 1991 it was restored to its original lush colors, this theatre was reopened as the Prince Theatre, to allow for rentals, live performances as well as movies.

Contributed by Kathleen Moore

Recent comments (view all 2 comments)

wtate46 on November 10, 2010 at 12:56 pm

The Prince was known as the Chester Theater back in the ‘50s. I lived in Chestertown from 1948-1964. Went to the movies many times back then.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 8, 2021 at 11:39 pm

The October 14, 1927 issue of Motion Picture News said that the plans for the new theater to be built at Chestertown by L. Bates Russell were being drawn by Baltimore architect A. Lowther Forrest. The history of the Prince Theatre on the web site of the operators, the Garfield Center for the Arts, says that L. Bates Russell opened the house as the New Lyceum Theatre on October 25, 1928.

Russell and his sons operated the house until 1946, when it was leased to new operators (this is most likely when it was renamed Chester Theatre.) The house was bought by C. E. Prince in 1957. He operated the theater until his death in 1988, and his wife continued until 1991. In 1991, the theatre was remodeled by new owner Joyce Huber, who reopened it on March 15 that year, and the Prince Theatre closed as a movie house on August 26, 1993.

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