Sun
Aug 26 2007
06:20 pm
By: WhitesCreek
Princess Theater

Downtown Harriman with the Princess Theater.

Actually, the bad guy in "I know what you did Last Summer" owns it.

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Loved finding this old post!

Mushy

I remember too

I too remember going to see movies at the Princess. I remember seeing "Rocky" for first time there. I remember how full the theater was and seeing everyone get in line to see movies. I loved to sit in the Balcony. I miss those days!

I believe the Princess can come back. I would love to see movies there as well as live music!

JG

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RB

So true!

Eventually the Princess closed down. It's a shame that there's even less for kids to do in Harriman today than there was then. And still many lessons to be learned.

Thanks for that mental picture, Grasshopper.

Memories of The Princess Theater

When I was a kid in the 70's my family moved to Harriman from Albuquerque. Culture shock.

We eventually adapted to the slower pace of life. And my sisters and I discovered there actually was something to do in Harriman...go to the Princess. We were only allowed if we brought a box of theater popcorn home to my Dad. So no one was really deprived.

When a big box office hit came to town, both sides of Roane Street was lined with cars. We stood in line as far back as Chase Drugs. We would take turns getting out of line to go back and forth to visit with new friends. Harriman was hopping.

My late sister got a concessions job there through a marketing class at Harriman High. So I was privileged to get sneaked in to R rated movies while the owners turned their heads pretending they didn't see me. And there were other perks like free popcorn.

While my sister was getting the popper popping, I would prowl around. The bathrooms were upstairs, with signs separating not only women from men, but race from race. Of course they no longer practiced the latter. But it was stirring to me as a kid in the dark, quiet upper floor, silently staring at the signs. Always having been taught how wrong the practice was, but comprehending it was just another part of business there at the theater once upon a time.

Then there was the big memory of when John Travolta hit the Princess screen in Saturday Night Fever. My sisters and I went on the opening Friday night, and everyone who was anyone was there. Saturday night was expected to be the same.

When we got home we begged our folks to let us go again the next night. And the biggest part of this memory was how baffled, how befuddled and perplexed they were that anyone would ever want to actually see a movie twice, never mind the very next night. Our folks eventually relented, but still didn't understand.

Eventually the Princess closed down. It's a shame that there's even less for kids to do in Harriman today than there was then. And still many lessons to be learned.

Thanks...

For setting me straight.

It's a cool place no matter what. I'd love to see more things happen there.

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