Queen Theater

300 W. Milam Street,
Wharton, TX 77488

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kathy2trips
kathy2trips on November 1, 2006 at 6:51 pm

This site makes some references to the Queen Theater in Wharton, Texas in a story on playwright Horton Foote (The Trip to Bountiful), who grew up there. It was his neighborhood movie house and old enough to show silent films. They review his biography by Charles S. Watson, which states it contains a photo of the Queen Theater.

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This theater is not the same as either the Rio on Main Street or the Plaza on South Houston Street (the other two theaters in town). Newsman Dan Rather is from Wharton, also.

sepiatone
sepiatone on August 7, 2007 at 8:00 pm

The street address for the Queen is 300 W. Milam St, Wharton, TX 77488-4918.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 23, 2009 at 9:45 pm

There’s a good view of the old theater building on Google maps, at the intersection of Polk and Milam. Not hard to spot which building was the theater.

trailerjoh
trailerjoh on May 25, 2010 at 6:43 am

Was this the old Queen theater by chance??? (sorry, don’t know how to show neater links here).

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sepiatone
sepiatone on July 6, 2010 at 7:04 pm

You have the right intersection, John. The building on the northwest corner (to the left of the silver Cadillac) is the Queen Theater.

sepiatone
sepiatone on October 26, 2010 at 8:25 pm

The Queen’s first manager was Mr. Joe L. Santos. On August 26, 1929, “Drag” (starring Richard Barthelmess, Lucien Littlefield, and Alice Day) was the first talkie to show at the Queen.

sepiatone
sepiatone on June 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm

The Queen opened on August 5, 1925. According to opening day ads, the doors would open at 7:15 p.m., and the picture would start half an hour later. The premier feature was “Classmates” with Richard Barthelmess and Madge Evans. An architect from Houston named Green designed the Queen. Among the songs played on the organ before the show were “You Are Just a Flower from an Old Bouquet” and “For You Alone”.

sepiatone
sepiatone on June 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm

The last Queen ad I could find in the Wharton Spectator was dated January 13, 1955. That Friday and Saturday, “Jack Slade” and “Private Eye” were scheduled, with “Poker de Ases” showing on Sunday.

trailerjoh
trailerjoh on June 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm

To sepiatone, if you get to Austin this summer before Aug.17, the Austin History Center has an excellent display set up with photos and artifacts from the earliest Austin movie theaters through the 1970’s . http://www.austinlibrary.com/ahc/

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