Princess Theatre

421 N. Roane Street,
Harriman, TN 37748

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Patsy on September 7, 2020 at 1:48 pm

So nice to know it has been restored as my hometown is forever gone. Neglected for 10 years and nobody at the time tried to save it. Felt it was an eyesore .. debateable issue still to this day.

Paul Mashburn
Paul Mashburn on September 7, 2020 at 1:28 pm

This is correct, just off I40 in Roane County.

DavidZornig on September 7, 2020 at 9:29 am

It appears to be about 40 miles West of Knoxville, and 80 miles North of Chattanooga.,_Tennessee

Patsy on September 7, 2020 at 9:09 am

Where is Harriman TN?

DavidZornig on September 6, 2020 at 8:44 am

Late `40s postcard added courtey Tennessee Collector on Pinterest.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 21, 2015 at 3:39 pm

A short film made when the Princess reopened in 1939 can be seen at YouTube (I believe this film was previously linked, but the comment with the link has been removed.) The film consists mostly of scenes in Harriman, including schools, churches, factories, and shots of various worthies such as civic officials and members of the Rotary Club. A few scenes, mostly in the last couple of minutes, show the Princess Theatre.

One significant scene shows Crescent Amusement Company head Tony Sudekum greeting architect Joe Holman, so the Princess, like most Crescent houses of the period, was designed by the Nashville architectural firm Marr & Holman.

Patsy on November 7, 2014 at 5:31 am

No I am not involved in the restoration though I do wish them well.

Paul Mashburn
Paul Mashburn on November 6, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Patsy…if you are involved in the restoration, please don’t hesitate to contact the Princess Foundation for lessons learned.

Paul Mashburn
Paul Mashburn on November 6, 2014 at 6:20 pm

As for Crescent Amusement, I think you are correct, however I’m not sure of the owner name. Here are two more links concerning the memories of Dub Harmon:

Paul Mashburn
Paul Mashburn on November 6, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Simple answer, no, there is no inner shell…it was completely destroyed in ‘39 and rebuilt that same year.

Here are a couple of links:

Patsy on March 29, 2014 at 7:27 pm

There is a Princess Theatre in Mt. Dora Florida that needs to be restored.

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on March 29, 2014 at 6:15 pm

A couple of questions: The opening paragraph says that the 1939 Princess replaced an earlier Princess which was destroyed by fire. So is the 1939 Princess in the shell of the 1926 building. The 1926 Princess appears to have burned twice. Or was there still an earlier (pre 1926) Princess Theatre in Harriman at a different location? Also, was the original owner Tony Sudekum / Crescent Amusement? I’m seeing his name appear in connection to a theatre in Harriman and many Crescent Theatres were named Princess.

Patsy on May 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Paul: Unfortunately, I won’t be there so please post photos of the event on CT or send to my email ()

Paul Mashburn
Paul Mashburn on May 16, 2012 at 10:36 am

Thanks Patsy…hope to see you there!

Patsy on May 15, 2012 at 9:56 am

JPaul: Love the flickr photos that show off the fabulous art deco exterior. The May 24th concert should be a “blast from the past”! Congrats to everyone involved in saving this “cinema treasure”!

Paul Mashburn
Paul Mashburn on May 14, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Go to the blog and check in the upper right corner…contact info is given there.

j3 on April 26, 2012 at 11:40 am

how do i go about renting this place out ?

Paul Mashburn
Paul Mashburn on March 19, 2012 at 1:08 pm

The Princess Theatre plans its Grand Opening March 22, 2012. We can hardly wait! She looks beautiful!

Check out our blog at

Paul Mashburn
Paul Mashburn on August 5, 2011 at 6:43 am

The comments made by Richard Saffles are somewhat misleading. Muse Watson is not personally restoring the Princess. It was a project born from a mutual dream held by both Muse and Gary Baker of Harriman. That dream was to reopen the Princess and give her a new purpose – to provide arts education to the children of the Roane and surrounding county areas. The project was funded by a Tennessee grant and money contributed by TVA after a disastrous ash spill. The theater will be operated by Roane State Community College and educational funds will keep the water and lights on!

Muse and Gary are integral parts to the restoration, and continue to drive the dream forward. Visit to keep up with the restoration progress.

JPaul on April 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Please change the “official” link to the Princess as Going strictly to the current link listed may prevent a lot of people from seeing current post.

Paul Mashburn

TLSLOEWS on August 11, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Thanks for the photos looks like the work is going good,will check it out when you reopen.

JPaul on August 11, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Photos of the Princess Theatre, and those involved in the restoration work, are available at:

Patsy on August 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm

J Paul: Congrats and continued success!

JPaul on August 3, 2010 at 2:51 pm


Restoration is under way at the Princess Theater in Harriman, TN. The seats were recently removed and roof work has begun. The facade and marquee is next.

Then, what we’ve waited for, the real restoration work begins inside.