Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Wow folks!  I must admit that I had three great experiences today at the Princess: first, Tim Plemons is applying the original "art deco" paint scheme to the auditorium ceiling, second, I met Megan Anderson for the first time, and third I met Torry Martin! The first two thrills I will post here today, but I'm saving Torry Martin's visit until next time.  Suffice it to say, he may have some great plans for our Princess in the coming months!

But first, I was so surprised and elated today when I caught Tim Plemons (Superior Interior) laying on his back, like Michelangelo Buonarroti painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painting the Princess ceiling! Can you imagine the crick he has in his neck every evening after work?!
Colors as seen through iPhone.

Tim is following the "art deco" paint scheme as was shown in old color photos and descriptions of the original design. Plus, there is no mistaking what was found on the ceiling and walls during the restoration.  

Strict adherence to originally is required when registering historic buildings in the National Register of Historic Places, which will be the next logical step for the Princess Theatre.

Colors as seen through DSLR.

Some younger folks may not care much for the "art deco" scheme, but for me it couldn't be any more perfect.  First, it's the way it was meant to be, and second, it's what I remember as a kid growing up there on Saturdays!  

Outside those two reasons, I also want her listed in the "National Registry" so she can take her rightful place along side other great restorations from that era.

Art deco ‎ (ɑrt ˈdɛk), or deco, is an eclectic artistic and design style that began in Paris in the 1920s and flourished internationally throughout the 1930s, into the World War II era.

I was also thrilled to meet Megan Anderson, the manager of the new Princess.  She is everything I had hoped for; young, energetic, excited and proud to be part of the Princess history, and wants to become an integral part of the community.  She talks excitedly about what the Princess can become and how much it will mean to us all.  She sees young people again coming to build their own memories and since of pride in the Princess, and therefore, in their local communities.

Megan plans on maintaining a full-time presence, in her office, at the Princess, answering questions, giving tours, and making calls to potential performance artists to keep something going at the Princess all the time.  She also thinks the stage at the Princess will pull in larger audiences for Roane State performances.  All these things will bring more people downtown, more students, more people seeking good wholesome entertainment, and ultimately more businesses catering to crowds that come to the theatre.

Hey, she's talking about our dream!  It only took her a few days to see the same vision and purpose others saw over 10 years ago.

So, if you see her standing out on the street, looking up at the Princess and dreaming futuristic dreams, stop and talk to her awhile.  Offer her your ideas, your help and support.  You'll love her too...she's already one of us!  

Want you join us!?

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