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Using postcards of the time, Daniel Cooter of Sparkman & Associates Architects was able to replicate the 1939 paint schemes for the Princess Theater, as originally designed by Joe Vargas.

Using postcards of the time, Daniel Cooter of Sparkman & Associates Architects was able to replicate the 1939 paint schemes for the Princess Theater, as originally designed by Joe Vargas.

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  • A rendering by Sparkman and Associates Architects of what the Princess Theater will look like once restoration work is completed. It's as close to its original 1939 appearance as possible.
  • Harriman Mayor Chis Mason made the restoration of the Princess Theater his primary goal, which he believes will help revitalize Harriman's waning downtown.
  • Painter Tim Plemons points out the painstaking work required to repaint the auditorium’s ceiling to new theater manager Megan Anderson.
  • Using postcards of the time, Daniel Cooter of Sparkman & Associates Architects was able to replicate the 1939 paint schemes for the Princess Theater, as originally designed by Joe Vargas.
  • Architect Frank Sparkman (above) developed therestoration plan for the Princess Theater, which also expanded its performance facilities.
  • Roane State’s Matt Waters manages Channel 15, a government educational station located in a state-of-the-art studio next door to the Princess and which also serves as a TV lab for students.
  • The main auditorium of the Princess Theater (seen here with its reconstruction nearly complete) will seat around 700 patrons between the main floor and the balcony; 200 seats were removed to create a performance stage.
  • The front page of the Nov. 16, 1939 special section in the Harriman Record celebrating the opening of the all-new Princess Theater, which replaced a previous theater that had burned down.

After more than 10 years of effort, the restoration of Harriman's Princess Theater is almost complete.

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