Queen Theatre

206 Morton Street,
Richmond, TX 77469

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The Queen Theatre opened in 1928. In October 1946 it was remodeled to the plans of architect Ernest L. Shult and renamed Cole Theatre. In the late-1940’s it was renamed Lamar Theatre, it was located in downtown Richmond, Texas. Although the building no longer has its marquee, the entrance hints of a movie theatre. The building appears to be at least minimally maintained.

It was announced in September 2011 that proposals were being made to refurbish the building as the Queen Theatre. Renovation work began in 2012.

Contributed by Bob Machann

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sepiatone
sepiatone on October 30, 2008 at 5:02 pm

Cole Theaters operated a Lamar Theater in Richmond, and ads in old Fort Bend County newspapers advertised movie schedules for the Lamar. Was this and the Queen one and the same?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 17, 2009 at 1:13 am

This house was called the Queen before it was the Lamar. Unless the original name was later restored (I can’t find any evidence that it was), the page should be renamed. Boxoffice of August 25, 1951, had this information in an item about the installation of an air conditioning and heating system in the Lamar: “It’s the first major work on the house since it opened in October of 1946. Operated years ago as the Queen Theatre and later as the Cole, the Lamar has served three generations of Richmond moviegoers.”

The Queen in Richmond is mentioned in Motion Picture Times of June 17, 1930, when H.A. Kruger sold his half interest in the house to his partner, Mart Cole. The pair had opened the house in 1928. Cole still owned the Lamar in 1951. The Cole circuit also opened a 256-seat house called the Dixie at Richmond in 1950.

I’ve found items about the October, 1946, opening of the Cole Theatre, but have found no indication that it was an entirely new building or that anything untoward had happened to the original Queen Theatre building. It appears to have been an extensive remodeling, but I can’t be positive. If the Queen burned, I can’t find anything about it in Boxoffice, and I can’t believe that Boxoffice would have passed up an opportunity to report a major theater fire. I’ve also been unable to find the date of the name change to Lamar Theatre.

sepiatone
sepiatone on April 19, 2010 at 5:02 pm

The street number for the Lamar Theater is 206 Morton Street.

Erich Friend
Erich Friend on September 16, 2011 at 1:43 pm

This theatre has been purchased and is undergoing planning for refurbishment and operation as The Queen Theatre. www.queentheatre.org

sepiatone
sepiatone on April 6, 2013 at 10:21 am

I saw “for sale” signs on this theater. Did the revival effort fall through?

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