PRINCESS THEATRE - Raising the Curtain: April 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Princess Hosted Her First Prom - Oakdale High School 2013

The first prom ever held inside the Princess Theatre happened this past Saturday.  Oakdale High School held it's 2013 Junior/Senior Prom and made use of the entire facility under the theme "Big City Bright Lights - The Way You Look Tonight"!
Prom goers picked up their tickets at the ticket booth, then lined up on the "red carpet" to enter their prom. 
On the theatre seats were personalized programs, and the tickets guided prom guests to their respective row and seat. 
As a Princess Foundation Board Member, former English Teacher, and current RSCC Adjunct, Vera Scarbrough read a proclamation from Mayor Chris Mason (who was out of town) and welcomed the students to the theatre...a first for the Princess!
Students enjoyed delicious refreshments and after their program of "Remember Whens, "Wills", and a "class prophecy", they danced on the stage...also a first.  All reported a good time (noted by the many smiles in the attached photos).  The couples looked radiant in their prom attire. 
Every inch of the Princess was used, including the mezzanine where a professional photographer took individual and couple photos.

Here are more photos from the "Big City Bright Lights - The Way You Look Tonight" evening at the Princess:

As the evening wore on, some prom goers went out to eat, or on to the big city of Knoxville...but the fun started in Harriman's Princess!

*Photos courtesy of Gary Baker!*
Please remember, the Princess is available for most any type of event, and can accommodate most any crowd.  The Princess is there for all.  

Plan now for your next prom or reunion.  Use the contact information at the top right of this website to book the Princess.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


 Preservation Event Reveals Secrets to Success of
Princess Theatre and Features Roane State Performance, April 12, 2013

In September 1926, the Princess Theatre opened its doors in Downtown Harriman. Eighty-seven years later, the Theatre has been fully restored and is the centerpiece of the Princess Performing Arts, Education, and Conference Center. On Friday, April 12, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance (ETPA) and Roane State Community College will host an open house, recital, and panel discussion about the restoration project. The FREE event will take place at Princess Theatre Complex at 421 Roane Street in Downtown Harriman.

There will be an open house from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments. At 6:30 p.m., sophomore students from Roane State Community College will perform their spring recital. The recital will feature Rebecca Staton, mezzo-soprano; Mason Van Horn, tenor; Dr. Geol Greenlee, piano; and Slade Trammell, piano. The Princess Theatre is operated by Roane State Community College, so this is a special opportunity to experience these students perform at the Princess.

Immediately following the performance, there will be a panel discussion about the Theatre’s restoration. Mayor Chris Mason, Architect Daniel Scott Cooter, and Theatre Manager Megan Anderson will share stories about the restoration process, the importance of working with a wide range of partners in the community, and the value of finding a viable use for historic buildings. After the panel discussion, “behind the scenes” tours will be given of the Theatre.

The original Princess Theatre was damaged by fire in September 1932 and was later destroyed by fire in January 1939. However, the building that stands today was opened on November 16, 1939 and was solidly built, which has paid off as the modern renovation begins.

Please call 865-523-8008 or email to RSVP by April 10 for this FREE event.

ETPA is a regional historic preservation membership-based organization that serves Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union counties. For more information and to get involved, please visit or and find us on Facebook.

Monday, April 8, 2013

RCrobotic Team Going To The Championship - NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Yes, this page is specific to the Princess Theatre, but it also supports any activities in Roane, and surrounding counties, that supports our youth.  Here is a very important “youth” organization and they are in need of your support ASAP!

The RC-robotic team of RCHS is going to St. Louis for the Robotic Championship competition, and they have a very small window of time to raise enough money to take approximately 20 students, including 1 from Midway, to the 5-day competition in St. Louis on April 24-27.  Please check out their web-site
Full Metal Jackets is the pioneer FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team, at Roane County High School in Kingston, Tennessee.

For those of you that do not know, here is the description for the Rookie All Star Award:

The award celebrates the rookie team exemplifying a young but strong partnership effort, as well as implementing the mission of FIRST: To inspire students to learn more about science and technology.

We should be so proud of our county team, and they are very grateful for everyone that has helped and supported them along the way!  Thank you again!

Because the Full Metal Jackets won the Rookie All Star Award, they are invited to the FIRST World Championship. However, it is very expensive for them to go; they need money to pay for travel, rooms, and registration. Please help if you can by donating on this website (
The Full Metal Jackets competed at the Smoky Mountain Regional Competition March 28-30, and were 19th seed out of 50, and were chosen by the 2nd seeded alliance for the elimination rounds. On the final day of competition, the Full Metal Jackets were selected to receive the Rookie All Star Award! This award celebrates the rookie team exemplifying a young but strong partnership effort, as well as implementing the mission of FIRST.

This award comes with an invitation to attend the FIRST World Championship to compete with 400 other teams in St. Louis April 24-27. 

Click on this video link to see how the robotic competition works!

Here's the direct link to the donation page!  Please donate today!  Thanks.
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