Vintage Views, II
South Pittsburg, Tennessee
Below are eight more vintage views of the Princess Theatre and some of those who worked there and/or visited. These great images were donated by former South Pittsburg resident, Jack A. Ellis of Hixson, Tennessee in June 2005. He worked as the Princess Theatre projectionist from 1948 to 1953. The South Pittsburg Historic Preservation Society, Inc. would like to say thanks to Mr. Ellis for his gracious donation. We hope you, the viewer, enjoy these pictures.
The Princess' marquee lights up Cedar Avenue one evening as it advertises the film, "HER HUSBAND'S AFFAIR".
Pictured above an employee replaces one of the lights on the underside of the Princess' marquee. Do you remember the Texaco filling (gas) station further down the street?
The Princess Theatre is pictured above in the late afternoon as it prepares to open for the showing of of the film, "HIGH WALL".
Robert McDowell, boy sitting on the car, poses for this picture as his father, Herman McDowell, manager of the Princess Theatre, sits just a few cars behind. Note the small dog near the waste can. Do you think he is looking at the theater's doors waiting for an opportunity to make break for the concession stand on the inside?
Rosalia "Rosie" Raulston Whitworth works the Princess Theatre's ticket booth while the theater's manager, Herman McDowell, stands by looking as if he is going to buy the evening's first movie ticket. Jack Ellis, who donated these pictures thinks McDowell looks like Humphrey Bogart.
The Princess Theatre is pictured above in the late afternoon as it prepares to open for the showing of of the film, "TENTH AVENUE ANGEL".
Herman McDowell, Princess Theatre manager, poses in this picture with his son, Robert.
Robert McDowell, son of Princess Theatre manager, Herman McDowell, poses in this picture by one of the theater's outside poster cases.
This page was built and added to web site on June 18, 2005. Updated on August 19, 2005
Jack Ellis is pictured here on November 21, 1948 as a projectionist in training. The picture was made by Benton Summers who was the full time projectionist at the Princess Theatre. Ellis' regular position was that of ticket taker-doorman and he changed the marquee board about fives times a week.
Another great nightime view of the Princess Theatre at South Pittsburg, Tennessee .