Princess May Once Again Be Belle of the Ball

COLUMBUS, MS – Courtesy of The Dispatch and Brian Jones

Columbus Arts Council Operating Director Salem Gibson, left, and Princess Theater owner William “Bart” Lawrence in front of the theater – Brian Jones – Dispatch Staff

Princess theater owner William “Bart” Lawrence recently reopened the bar there and has announced that he will soon partner with the CAC to bring new life to the place. The Princess has had a number of functions during its lifetime, and Lawrence hopes to improve it even further: “We’re looking at film, at live music, at stage performances,” Lawrence said. “The great thing about that room is with the right setup the sky’s the limit.”

CAC Operating Director Salem Gibson remarked that “We want to help make sure there is live music, there are poetry readings, there are activities going on, and we’ve got to get out to do that. . . (Lawrence) was coming to a lot of our events, and I think he saw what the CAC is doing and our direction, and our goals kind of lined up with where he wanted to be.”

The venue has room to support 350 seats at the floor level and another 200 in the balcony.

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