Queen Theatre renovations entering final months

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - We're just months away from the renovations at the historic Queen Theatre in downtown Bryan being finished.

A seven year project to renovate and reopen the space is finally wrapping up and the historic space will be a movie theater once again.

On Wednesday electricians and wiring crews were working on several levels of the theater as they attempt to restore the Queen Theatre back to her former glory.

Treasurer with the Downtown Bryan Association, Ben Hardeman says they have been keeping costs for the renovations as low as they can since the project started. Many businesses have also assisted along the way.

Recently more safety features were added such as more exits, a catwalk, and a fire escape outside.

They also have plans for a nearly $100,000 projection and audio system.

"We think our movie presentation will mostly be vintage movies or movie series," added Hardeman.

Premiere Cinema is also donating all the movie theater seats.

"They will donating 150 theater seats for this project. We were very excited about that will save us thousands of dollars," he said.

Earlier this year the DBA secured a $500,000 loan from The Bank & Trust to cover final construction costs.

The Bank & Trust Executive Vice President, Nora Thompson and several bankers were please to receive an update on the renovation.

"We're very impressed on how the project is coming together," said Thompson. "We're excited to support something like this in downtown Bryan and excited for what it's going to bring to the community, not to mention it looks really good."

The Downtown Bryan Association hopes to have the theater open by February or March of next year and movie ticket sales will help with operations and costs for the building.

They also plan to make it available for private donations. So far, those renovations have cost more than $1 million. The Downtown Bryan Association is also accepting donations for the project.