Princess Theatre, Anderson, Indiana

The Nickelodeon, July 1, 1910:

“S. B. Sampson, manager of the Princess Theater at Anderson, Ind., and whose counterfeit presentment appears at the extreme right, is a satisfied exhibitor.”


“The picture of the theater front was taken Memorial day, 1910 before the first performance of the day. Mr.
Sampson says that after the show opened you couldn’t see the front at all for people.

“The player and singer are standing in the doorway, the drummer is between them and the manager and on the extreme left is Mr. Sampson, Jr. The Kleine Optical Company furnishes service for the Princess.”

The poster, on the left, is for “The Stolen Fortune“, released by Essanay Studios, May 4, 1910.


Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2015: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.


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