Queen Theatre Gets Her Crown Back

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The historic Queen Theatre in Downtown Bryan has her crown back on Wednesday night.

Crews hoisted a refurbished crown to the top of the theatre during the day.

The "Crown Jewel" in the historic downtown area is getting restored to its stately status.

Things are now looking very royal.

The Queen Theatre had her crown put back on Wednesday morning as part of a $160,000 renovation that includes the repainted crown, new lights, a new roof and asbestos abatement.

The revitalization comes just in time for the Texas Reds Steak and Grape Festival about a week away.

It's a new chapter in the ongoing rebirth of a Bryan landmark and Debbie Bonds has a front row seat to the Queen Theatre's new look.

She owns the Aggieland Awards Store next door.

"It's really gonna benefit all segments of the population. A lot of people have stories about the Queen and brings back a lot of memories," said Bonds.

The City of Bryan has spent $80,000 so far in matching grant money to spruce up the exterior.

Bryan City Council Member Art Hughes grew up here and remembers downtown was always full of activity in the 50's.

"If you wanted to go to the movie you had to come downtown," said Hughes.

"It just makes the whole downtown area absolutely more beautiful to come out and see," said Barbara Salamone, an employee at Aggieland Awards.

The 200 pound crown dropped into place almost seamlessly, except they'll have to iron out a sheet metal issue.

Ben Hardeman is the Chairman of the Downtown Bryan Association and said the conspicuous crown is now bolted in place and will be lit and spinning soon.

We're a long way from being finished but this is a milestone for us we're glad to get the crown back on the Queen," he said.

"It's gonna bring a lot of recognition it shows the pride that we have it show the heritage of our Downtown Bryan," said Bonds.

A lighting ceremony is happening Friday, October 7 at 7:30 P.M. to kick off Texas Reds.

Admission to the festival on Friday will be free.

The rest of the renovations are expected to be completed by 2014 to coincide with the building's 100th anniversary.

While it won't be an outright movie theatre, it will be a multipurpose facility for the community complete with a theater.

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A crown jewel in Downtown Bryan is being brought back to its regal status.

Wednesday morning the Queen Theatre's nearly 200 pound crown was put back on top of the building.

A $160,000 renovation that includes work on the outside, a new roof, as well as asbestos abatement on the inside is under way.

The Downtown Bryan Association hopes to have the interior renovated by 2014 to coincide with the building's 100th anniversary and reopen it as a multipurpose meeting facility.

The City of Bryan has so far given $80,000 in matching grant money for the outside work.

News 3 will have more on the story at 4 P.M. and 6 P.M. Wednesday.