Queen Theater

1096 North 2nd Street,
Abilene, TX 79601

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The Queen in 1960

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The Queen Theater dates back to at least 1925. It was still operating in 1951.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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rivest266
rivest266 on August 15, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Lost Memory, I dug the Newspaperarchive.com and found that it was closed by Interstate in 1966 when the Westwood opened.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 21, 2009 at 10:24 am

The Queen closed after a fire in 1938. A local paper announced the re-opening in September 1938:
http://tinyurl.com/ksyldx

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 21, 2009 at 10:25 am

That should have been 1935 for the fire, then the re-opening three years later.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 18, 2011 at 5:34 am

The caption of this photo says that the truck is parked in front of the Queen Theatre. The photo looks to be from the 1920s. Although there appear to be movie posters on the front of the building with the arches, the Queen was actually in the building to the left, only half seen in this photo. This was probably the original 1916 facade of the building.

After the reopening of the house in 1938, it looked like this (though the undated photo appears to have been taken in a later year.) The windows on the second floor had been bricked up, but the brackets under the cornice are recognizable.

A still later photo is dated 1960, but the movie being advertised was released in 1956. The decorative details of the facade are barely visible, perhaps because this is a night shot, or perhaps because they have been covered by another coat of paint.

Still, the theater’s front appears to have looked about the same throughout its history, except for the addition of a modern marquee, probably in 1938. Any significant changes that resulted from the remodeling done that year, designed by architect David S. Castle, must have been on the interior.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 18, 2011 at 7:32 am

Little detail is visible in this photo of the Queen’s auditorium, but it’s bright enough to reveal that the house had a stadium seating section. The photo is dated 1960.

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