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The Original Princess Turns 30!

Waterloo - Over 10,000 days, over 30,000 shows, over 10,000 different films. 180 bi-monthly Film Guides. Millions of visits. Popcorn to infinity. What a long, strange trip it's been!

September 18, 2015 is the 30th birthday of the Original Princess Cinema. It all started back in 1985 with a newly graduated Laurier business student who had a love of film and a dream to bring a rep cinema to KW. John Tutt had his naysayers, but he persisted and transformed a seedy backstreet theatre into the well-established, popular art-house it is today.

The Original Princess is one of the longest-running independent art-house cinemas in Canada, well-known and regarded for its consistent and eclectic programming. For 30 years, the Princess has never strayed from its commitment to show the best in international, independent and Canadian cinema, as well as festival hits, documentaries, mini-festivals, Hollywood classics, cult films, special series and the occasional local production. With the addition of the Princess Twin in 2004, the Princess became the first independent art-house in Canada to expand its location.

Since 1985, many directors and special guests have visited the Princess to present films: Atom Egoyan, Bruce McDonald, legendary outdoor filmmaker Bill Mason, Paul Quarrington, Piers Handling, Sarah Polley, Greenpeace founder Bob Hunter and Guy Maddin, to name just a few. Not limiting itself to film, the Princess regularly brings well-known musicians to its stage with its ‘Live On Stage’ concerts: Willie P. Bennett, the Rheostatics, Jonathan Richman, the Skydiggers, Garnet Rogers, Survivorman Les Stroud, Fred Eaglesmith, David Francey, Ferron and Harry Manx are a few the artists who have made multiple appearances at the Princess.

It's been a fun-filled, very busy 30 years and it's far from over! On September 18th, the Princess wants to thank KW audiences for 30 years of terrific support with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece, 'Vertigo.' Tickets are free for members and must be picked up in advance at the Princess Twin.

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