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Queen Theater, Wilmington (Official)
Operated by: Live Nation
Firms: Hoffman-Henon Co.
The Queen Theater in Wilmington, DE was built in 1915 at a cost of $250,000. Seating on opening day February 16, 1916, is given as 2,000 seats. It was equipped with a Moller 2 manual organ which had 31 registers. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. In 1942 architect William Harold Lee remodeled the theater. The Queen Theater closed on April 19, 1959. The last movie to play there was Vincent Price in “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. In May 2017 it was taken over by Live Nation.
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