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Princess Theatre, Decatur

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Theater · Concert / Show
The Princess Theatre is a 677-seat performing arts venue in Decatur, Alabama. The art deco-style building was originally built in 1887 as a livery stable. In 1919, the building was transformed into a silent film and vaudeville playhouse.

In 1941 the Princess received its art deco redesign. A bright neon marque which displays the name was installed around the same time. Local architect Albert Frahn painted the interior in burgundy and gray, with glow-in-the-dark murals. Outside the doors, the floor is paved with terrazzo in a map of Alabama, that marks the Tennessee River and City of Decatur.

In 1978, the city of Decatur purchased The Princess after it closed as a movie house. The city gave the theatre a $750,000 renovation, and the stage was again open as the premier performing arts venue for the Decatur area. The building was listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in 1981.
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  • First of all Drake White! AMAZING! Not a bad seat in the place. We sat in Q-11/13. Clear view and great sound! Easy Parking around back. Very Clean restrooms. Tidy Snack-bar. The staff and security...  more »
  • The place to pay for tickets and the entrance is not the same booth/door which kind of threw us off initially because we didn’t know how to get in. Eventually someone directed us to the far left...  more »
  • It's nice enough, but I wish they would bring the inside into the modern era. The extra wide chairs are nice, and there is handicap seating on the bottom floor. They should reconsider the railing on the balcony. It's low for visibility, but it's an accident waiting to happen.
  • Beautiful theater! Lots of memories associated with it. I highly recommend checking out a show at the Princess!

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