Council plans to revive Princess Theater

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

Tucumcari’s Princess Theater on Main Street got a new lease on life at Thursday’s City Commission meeting.

The commissioners approved a 10-year lease, renewable each year, of the Princess to the Quay Council for the Arts and Humanities.
The council has discussed leasing the theater for several years and has had preliminary discussions for funding with different state agencies about renovating the theater, said George Wallace, executive director of the council.

“We want to bring the Princess back to its original condition,” Wallace said.

“The community has been very supportive,” said Wallace. “People have different parts of the theater and they’ve come up to me and said they want to give them back to us so that we can restore the theater. We’ve found the marquee, the original doors and most of the chandelier.”

The Art Deco building was constructed in the same period as the Quay County Courthouse, said Wallace.

“We hope that it will become a community theater,” Wallace said.

Funding also looks promising for repairs and restoration, he said.

“The funding is looking good. The state is on a roll to preserve its heritage,” Wallace said.

The council will hold its next meeting at noon on Tuesday at the KTNM Radio Station, 902 S. Date St.

For information on the Princess and the council, contact George Wallace at 461-9866 or 815-9868.