57 Brisbane St, Launceston , Launceston
The elegant historic Princess Theatre hosts a range of diverse performances and seats 1065 on two levels (stalls & dress circle).
A proscenium arch theatre built in 1911, the Princess has staged a wide range of performances including plays, opera, ballet, music/rock concerts, comedy shows, dancing eisteddfods, nostalgic film nights, school concerts and graduations, and even a circus or two!
The theatre was originally built for Mr Marino Lucas, a vaudeville entrepreneur from Hobart. On opening night in 1911 the backstage area was still to be completed so silent films were shown. This proved to be so lucrative that the Theatre operated as a cinema until 1970.
In 1970 Council bought the Princess Theatre, which opened as a live venue (its original purpose) to great fanfare on 16 November that year with a gala performance by the Australian Ballet.
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