Queen Theater

500 N. Market Street,
Wilmington, DE 19801

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The Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware was built in 1915 at a cost of $250,000. Seating on opening day is given as 2,000 seats. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. The Queen Theater closed in April of 1959. The last movie to play there was “House on Haunted Hill”.

This is a description of the interior given on a Delaware history site: “Its auditorium and balcony seated 2,000 people and was designed to offer a completely unobstructed view of the screen and stage. The lobby walls were decorated in Alaskan marble, the only such use of that material in the country.

Above the large stage was a mural representing ‘Science’ and on either side of the walls above the balcony were six different paintings representing themes such as ‘Music’, ‘Sculpture’, and ‘Beauty’. A Japanese garden formed the backdrop for the stage".

It re-opened as a live performance venue on April 1, 2011.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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barrygoodkin
barrygoodkin on May 27, 2007 at 4:03 pm

According to research by Irv Glaser and Craig Morrison the Queen opened on February 16, 1916. The architect was the Hoffman Company of Philadelphia. It was rebuilt in January 1942. William H. Lee, architect.

EffingHey
EffingHey on August 11, 2008 at 6:56 pm

“Soon, Wilmington’s Queen will reign again. But this time she will reign as a live music venue, not as a movie theater.”

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New pics and story about the revival. It is a Buccini/Pollin Group project and is looking for tenants.

DanHaga
DanHaga on November 11, 2008 at 2:41 pm

Recent photos of the interior and exterior of the queen can be found here: View link

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 16, 2009 at 1:47 am

Artist’s conception from a January 2009 blog:
http://tinyurl.com/dfzagd

spectrum
spectrum on October 13, 2009 at 2:01 am

The “light up the queen” link above has a nice photo gallery and thelatest news – they just had the groundbreaking for the restoration on October 2, 2009! Looks like this place will be reborn! Auditorium is in prettyy ropugh shape, but looks like the original details can definitely be restored. Has kind of a beaux-arts look to it.

rave323
rave323 on December 28, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Can anyone give me info on the Cinemart on Gov Prinz? I can’t find any info anywhere, but, I stop to look at it every time I’m in the area. What a mystery. The only thing I can tell is that I was built in the 60’s due to the chandelier and font on the front sign.

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on November 28, 2010 at 4:15 pm

So, The News Journal ran an article in the paper 11/9/2010 (“The Queen reveals a bit of her old self” Page B5 in the Life Section) that indicated that demolition crews found three of the six paintings intact (beauty, painting and music) and with no water damage still in place. The other three (lyrics, sculpture and dancing) were removed during a Warner Bros. refurb of the Queen in the early 40’s. They (Buccini/Pollin Group) are modifying their reconstruction plans slightly to have these visible with house lights on them. Nobody had any idea they existed. What initially struck me was that with their mention in the theatre description by lost memory three years ago, how nobody had any idea they existed, unless nobody is doing resaerch for the reconstruction. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad the Queen is getting this attention and I wish them luck in these times, it’s just…basic research, people.

RickB
RickB on April 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Here is the newofficial site for the Queen. It is being run as a music venue by World Cafe Live, a licensee of WXPN radio in Philadelphia and its World Cafe program, distributed nationally by NPR.

Status can be made Open, with Live Performances as the function.

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