110 S. Main Street,
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Queen Theatre, Bryan (Official), Queen Theatre
Previously operated by: Schulman Theatres
Architects: H. F. Pettigrew, John A. Worley
Firms: Pettigrew & Worley
Functions: Live Performances, Movies (Family), Movies (Foreign), Movies (Independent)
Styles: Art Deco
Originally built as a hotel in 1885, it began screening movies on the first floor level in the early-1900’s. It was named Queen Theatre on May 7, 1914. It was remodeled in an Art Deco style in 1939 to the plans of architectural firm Pettigrew & Worley, screening Ginger Rogers in “5th Avenue Girl” as its December 1939 reopening movie. The Queen Theatre operated into the mid-1970’s.
It then fell into a state of disrepair which occurred over several decades. The Downtown Byron Association purchased the building in 2010 and a community effort realised its restoration. The façade was restored in 2012. The Queen Theatre was reopened in May 2018 as a single screen movie theatre with some live performance use. Since reopening the Queen Theatre has screened an average of 5 movies a week and has been host to the Byron High Theatre Department’s “Holiday Radio Play”, and the Queen’s Film Society meetings.
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The December 2, 1939, issue of Boxoffice reported that the rebuilt Queen Theatre had opened the previous Tuesday. It was being operated by Mrs. Morris Schulman, who also operated the Palace and Dixie Theatres at Bryan. She had bought the Queen, then dark, in 1938, according to Boxoffice of October 1 that year.
I’d love to see some interior photos. The buildings around it look very nice now. I hope work has already begun.
The queen is being restored.
Queen Blog: (http://downtownbryan.com/blog/queen/)
Looks like the Queen is on 110 South Main, not North Main.
In 1914, a theatre located at 210 South Main in Bryan, TX changed ownership and was renamed the “Queen Theatre”. In 1939, it was sold again and remodeled into the art deco style that has remained. Today, thanks to all of our supporters, we have had a successful start to Saving the Queen! We have restored the façade, the lighting, and we have re-crowned the Queen. We will soon have the roof replacement complete and will be ready to begin the interior remodeling!
Photos of the restored façade uploaded. There are a lot of depressing photos as a derelict, which I won’t upload, if you go to Bryan, TX Theaters Images.
Pettigrew and Worley architectural sketch of the 1939 redesign and deco-themes in photos.
I remember going thereis as a young child. Love the outside.I hope they don’t demo it. It is such a part of The Bryan of bygone days.
A google search of of the Queen shows what looks like a screening room of some kind called the STAFFORD THEATER. right next to the Queen ….any information or photos of that location ?
JRHagan: Cinema Treasures has a page for the Grand Stafford Theater. There’s a link to it in the “Nearby Theaters” field on the right side of this page.