Lambert Theatre

W. Hickland Street,
Princeton, MO 64673

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Previous Names: Grand Theatre

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Located on the 600 block of W. Hickland Street. The Grand Theatre opened in 1927, by 1936 it had been renamed the Lambert Theatre. The theatre seated 380 and was still listed as open in the late-1950’s.

Contributed by Chris1982

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SethG on March 7, 2019 at 6:50 pm

This has been demolished. It was likely one of the two ugly, sheet metal covered buildings visible in the blurry 2008 street view, or it may have been what was replaced by the grocery store on the corner. Anyway, address must have been in the 100 block.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 10, 2019 at 1:24 am

The May 1, 1937 issue of Motion Picture Herald has this brief item:

“F. A. Lambert contemplates the erection of a new theatre in Princeton, Mo., to replace a structure recently destroyed by fire.”
This turned out not to be the last fire in the Lambert’s history. The August 17, 1965 issue of the Jefferson City Daily Capital News reported that Princeton’s only movie theater, the Lambert, had been destroyed by a fire following the previous Sunday’s matinĂ©e. The two-story brick building had recently been rewired, and it was thought a fault in the wiring had caused the blaze. The adjacent Farmers State Bank and Lowry-Miller Lumber Company buildings suffered only smoke damage.

The Lambert was not located on Washington Street but in the 700 block of W. Hickland Street. The Farmers State Bank building on the corner of Washington and Hickland is still there, now occupied by a branch of U.S. Bank, which has built an addition on the theater’s site. The lumber company building, which had also been rebuilt following the 1936 fire, is also still there, but blocked by a big truck in Google’s street view so I don’t know what is in it.

The Past Times in Princeton Missouri Facebook page has this photo showing the corner of the square with the Lambert Theatre down the block, sometime around 1950.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 10, 2019 at 1:31 am

Google street view labels it the 700 block of Hickland, but it must actually be the 600 block that he Lambert was in.

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