Remember the Princess Theater in Eureka?

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Since: Aug 09

Cumberland Center, ME

#1 Aug 3, 2009
I wish I could have seen it. My mom describes it in her book, My Flint Hills Childhood: Growing Up in 1930s Kansas. It sounded really grand.
Does anyone remember going there?
Sure I do

Olathe, KS

#2 Sep 2, 2009
Those were the good ole days
lol
Kent

Wichita, KS

#3 Oct 16, 2009
yes it was a neat place
Gail Martin

El Dorado, KS

#4 Oct 16, 2009
Kent wrote:
yes it was a neat place
What do you remember the most? I loved the western movies the best. Gail Martin

Since: Aug 09

Polk City, FL

#5 Oct 17, 2009
If anyone has a photo of the theater, it would be great to post it here.

Since: Aug 09

Lakeland, FL

#6 Dec 5, 2009
Gail Martin now has a second book out. This one is Clyde Owen Martin: Family Memories of His Life and Times. Clyde also grew up in Greenwood County. His dad, Ren Martin worked at the Coop grocery store as a meat cutter after they moved to Madison. Later they bought a grocery store in Reading. Before that Ren and Cora Martin owned a farm in the Prairie Belle school district. To preview the book, go to www.gailmartin.wordpress.com "
Sue Ellen

Wichita, KS

#7 Jun 11, 2010
Hi Vallain, My Grandfather Thomas Archibald Rector was the projectionist from 1928 to 1960 at the Princess Theater in Eureka Kansas. At one time he also managed it. He brought the Princess from the silent days of projection to the talkies and even opened the Drive In and still ran the matinees at the Princess.

My mother Arleta Jeanne Rector Grove spent a great deal of time there attending movies through her childhood too. When we were little (born 1951) my brother and I would often go with my Mother for a Saturday afternoon show and we would sit in the balcony while Grandpa ran the booth. He helped everybody get ready on movie night and he was a wonderful man. He learned the projection craft from his brother in law at the Emporia Theater before coming to build a home in Eureka.
My favorite movie I saw there and scared me to pieces was when Darby O'Gill and the Little People came out!!!
Sue Ellen

Wichita, KS

#8 Jun 11, 2010
Also, I wanted to remark about mid day after matinee time if we were in town, Grandpa would let us kids go clean up the aisles. While we were helping clean up after the matinee, he would play newsreels from WWII.
I knew my father had been in WWII so it was like learning about my father as a hero since he was a opart of it.

I always loved the smell of popcorn as I walked into the Princess!
Thanks for the memories as Bob Hope would say.
Sharon Woods

El Dorado, KS

#9 Jun 12, 2010
The last movie I saw at the Princess was Greased Lighting. My Mom&Dad watched my chilren while I went since I was in town.(1980's)John&Oliva.
gary

Ellsworth, KS

#10 Jan 2, 2011
i was a foster child in the care of ken brown and his wife in 1972.he owned it and a hair place next to it.I was 6 then.he was a child abuser and molester.that is a poor way to rember the princess.I guess that is behind the curtan.

Since: Aug 09

Lakeland, FL

#11 Jan 2, 2011
Sue Ellen wrote:
Also, I wanted to remark about mid day after matinee time if we were in town, Grandpa would let us kids go clean up the aisles. While we were helping clean up after the matinee, he would play newsreels from WWII.
I knew my father had been in WWII so it was like learning about my father as a hero since he was a opart of it.
I always loved the smell of popcorn as I walked into the Princess!
Thanks for the memories as Bob Hope would say.
Thanks, Sue Ellen, that's just the kind of memories I was hoping to hear about the theater. Virginia Allain
Sue Ellen

Springdale, AR

#12 Jan 2, 2011
I was just thinking about the night Grandpa Recctor was showing Darby O'Gill and The Little People. It was during the first week he played it-probably a Friday or Saturday night. We went down to the newspaper stand that sold penny candy (can't remember its name- someone help me) before the show. We bought two very small brown paper bags FULL of candy like chocolate balls, Jolly ranchers all flavors, etc. The we went to the movie. I got so scared at the BANSHEE that I covered my eyes till it was passed. My mother, brother Ray, sister Lynn and I went. What fun!
Tammy M

Shawnee, OK

#13 Nov 18, 2011
My father Michael Johnston Bought this theater in June of 1970 and sold either in 71 or 72. I am asking if anyone has pics.... Please!!! Thank You ... My email.is tammy2616@hotmail.com subject this theater plz
Virginia Allain

Lakeland, FL

#14 Nov 18, 2011
Tammy M wrote:
My father Michael Johnston Bought this theater in June of 1970 and sold either in 71 or 72. I am asking if anyone has pics.... Please!!! Thank You ... My email.is tammy2616@hotmail.com subject this theater plz
Yes, I was hoping to see some pictures turn up on this topic.
glenn felter

Howard, KS

#15 Dec 3, 2011
when i was younger i spent alot of time going to the princess . i really enjoyed it was sad when they closed it down i enjoyed watching many movies there
Joan Downing Barg

Coffeyville, KS

#16 May 22, 2012
My brother Jim worked as an usher? Remember them? I worked at the popcorn machine when I was in highschool (1950's) It was a fun job as I got to see all my friends coming and going to the movies. The owner/manager then was Mr and Mrs. Ailey. Mabel Brown sold tickets. After they retired the new manager was Charlie Shoemaker, I think, that was a long time ago and I may be wrong about the name. Those were the times of "Ma and Pa Kettle" and Francis, the Talking Mule" and people would be lined up from the Princess down the block to the Greenwood Hotel. There would be two showings...one at 7:00 and one at 9:00 and the theater would be packed both times. It was the only entertainment in Eureka at the time. We live in Coffeyville, Ks. now and don't even have a movie theater here. They are trying to restore the Midland so they can show movies at certain times. But I don't think it will ever be as wonderful as the days of "The Princess"!!

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