The Princess Theatre is production theatre located in Winnsboro, Louisiana. The theatre was established by George Elam in 1925 and was moved to its current located two years after officially opening.
During the first few years of operation, the Princess Theatre showcased different silent movies which were accompanied by live piano music. Elam later on added records on phonograph to act as accompaniment while the movie was playing before getting a sound track and sound system for the theatre in 1930. Elam later sold the theatre to Jack Pope in 1960 and continued to operate it until the nearby Pecanland Mall opened in 1985. The opening of the mall, which had 1o cinemas, forced Pope to close down the Princess Theatre. The cinema re-opened in 1992 after the rights were given by Rowena Ramage to the city of Winnsboro.
The Theatre features a diverse quality of productions that are all supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts together with the Office of Cultural Development, the Department of Culture, the Recreation and Tourism as well as the Louisiana State Arts Council and the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council.
The shows range from famous and popular plays such as Irvin Berlin?s ?Annie Get Your Gun? to musical performances by up and coming artists. Once in a while, visitors might even expect to catch talks and symposiums held in the theatre. Guests might even catch the annual awarding ceremony for people related to the theatre. The theatre awards that are given annually are the ?Artist of the Year,? the ?Volunteer of the Year? and the ?Business of the Year.?