Waterloo's "Crown Jewel" celebrates its 25th Anniversary
John Tutt (White Jacket) and family.
|Waterloo - On September 18, 2010 with a SOLD OUT crowd of 190 well-wishers at The Original Princess Cinema on Princess Street for a screening of Casablanca The Princess Cinema celebrated 25 years in the movies. The night featured introductions by professors from Wilfrid Laurier University, Dr. Paul Tiessen and Phillipa Gates, doors prizes and cake and refreshments were served back at the Princess Twin Cinemas.
History: The Princess Cinema opened in 1985 and has been consistently offering specialized film content to Waterloo Region's audiences for 25 years.
In 2004, the Princess expanded and added two modern stadium seating auditoriums on King Street in Uptown Waterloo. It has grown to attract over 110,000 patrons to the Uptown each year.
The cinemas employ twelve full and part-time staff and, along with its steady fare of quality international films, it also offers a popular 'Live on Stage' concert series; Hollywood films; and hosts a very popular March Break Film Festival, as well as many varied film festivals throughout the year. In the summer months, the Princess teams up with the Beat Goes On and the City of Waterloo to present Music and Movies in the Park, a free outdoor community event to aid the Waterloo Region Food Bank.
"The programming format at the three cinemas has never been more challenging and rewarding to a film programmer/curator as it is now. We have always been a place where a patron of the arts can see a unique film, hear a lecture by a film director, attend a folk/roots concert, watch Opera in HD, attend a classic revival of a film, attend a paddling film festival or sit back and see quality Hollywood movies," says John Tutt, the owner/founder. "Now, with the onset of digital cinema it gets even more interesting. We are proud to be able to offer this model of arts and culture to Region-wide audiences without any government funding. We are funded by our audience and business partners who advertise and sponsor our events".
"Our next two big events on our programming calendar is our annual presentation of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW on Hallowe'en, when we attract close to 800 people over four wild screenings and the annual presentation of the Warren Miller ski and snowboard film at the Princess Twin in November. See you at the movies!"