Queen Theatre

807 Hutchins Avenue,
Ballinger, TX 76821

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Queen Theatre ... Ballinger Texas

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One of three theatres that once operated in downtown Ballinger, the Queen Theatre was opened by 1914. It was closed around 1936 and has long been converted to retail. It is a western wear store. What was once a striking white stucco front is now a bright pink building. The entrance has been redone to where there are display windows where the theatre entrance once was.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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malcolmdbc39
malcolmdbc39 on June 26, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Wonder what is upstairs?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 9, 2018 at 5:32 pm

The Queen was one of three movie houses in Ballinger that was mentioned in an item in the July 1, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World:

“Theaters Consolidate at Ballinger.

“Ballinger, Tex. — Two picture houses in Ballinger have been consolidated recently and now operate under one management. Roy Reeder, who operated the Princess theater and the White City airdome, and D. Cohen, who managed the Queen theater.”

The Queen was also one of two houses listed in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory, though no address was given (the other house was the Cosy, 127 Seventh Street.) The Queen was listed in issues of Film Daily Yearbook in the later 1920s, but always with 400 seats.

The Queen was still listed in the FDY from 1937 through 1943, but with only 300 seats, and always listed as closed. It vanished from the listings in 1944. I suspect that the Queen was closed when the first Texas Theatre opened in 1936, and never reopened. The streamline modern facade on the building now probably dates from the building’s conversion to retail use sometime in the 1940s.

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