Queen Theatre

110 S. Main Street,
Bryan, TX 77803

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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

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Queen Theater© Bryan TX / Don Lewis / Billy Smith

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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Recent comments (view all 29 comments)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 10, 2009 at 7:06 am

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.

kathy2trips
kathy2trips on September 21, 2010 at 6:51 am

I’d love to see some interior photos. The buildings around it look very nice now. I hope work has already begun.

Erich Friend
Erich Friend on April 5, 2011 at 11:27 pm

The queen is being restored.
Queen Blog: (http://downtownbryan.com/blog/queen/)

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on April 16, 2011 at 3:41 am

Looks like the Queen is on 110 South Main, not North Main.

savethequeen
savethequeen on May 11, 2012 at 5:05 am

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!

robboehm
robboehm on June 9, 2015 at 7:30 pm

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.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on October 15, 2015 at 10:16 am

Pettigrew and Worley architectural sketch of the 1939 redesign and deco-themes in photos.

purplerose53
purplerose53 on February 18, 2016 at 11:40 pm

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.

JRHagan
JRHagan on June 14, 2021 at 10:08 pm

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 ?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 14, 2021 at 10:46 pm

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.

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