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 on August 15, 2009 at 7:03 pm

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

kencmcintyre on August 21, 2009 at 3:24 pm

The Queen closed after a fire in 1938. A local paper announced the re-opening in September 1938:

kencmcintyre on August 21, 2009 at 3:25 pm

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 18, 2011 at 10:34 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 12:32 pm

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.

whenpigsfly on March 5, 2015 at 6:55 am

The undated photo of road construction dates from 1959-60 when Abilene tore up every street to “modernize” downtown, hastening the flight of shoppers to new shopping centers on the edge of town. The Queen was still operating in May 1963 – I saw “Lawrence of Arabia” there.

whenpigsfly on March 5, 2015 at 7:12 am

There were six movie theaters in Abilene c.1930-1960: Paramount (the finest) and Majestic on Cypress St Queen on N 2nd Broadway on S 1st Linda and Texas on Pine Linda & Texas showed only B&C movies and serials Only the Paramount remains

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