Queen, Palace Theaters to reopen under new management come the fall
BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - The Queen and Palace Theaters are expected to reopen under new management come the fall.
The City of Bryan is partnering with EPMC Group, LLC. to make modifications and expand entertainment possibilities to the downtown venues. The city says they will maintain ownership of both buildings, while EPMC will operate both theaters with the goal of having each of them open multiple days throughout any given week.
“We obviously have a connection with the Palace and the Queen and the entertainment environment in Bryan-College Station,” EPMC President Mark Schulman said. ”We share the vision of what can be done in introducing a mix of entertainment venues not only with film, but live entertainment.”
“They just have some really, really neat technological advancements that they want to make to the facilities that will allow them to run first run movies and build some flexibility into those facilities that will allow for them to be private rentals,” City of Bryan Deputy City Manager Joey Dunn said.
EPMC is owned by the Schulman family, whose history in Bryan and with these theaters goes back nearly a century. They opened the Palace Theater in the late 1920s then opened the Queen Theater in the late 1930s. The family eventually donated the two properties to entities in the city in 1987 and 1991, respectively.
“It’s very exciting because for them, they’re very passionate about coming home to their hometown and operating not just in our city with the expertise they have in this industry, but also very much emotionally attached to these structures they basically used to own and operate themselves.” Dunn said.
“We’re excited about the diversity of elements that people will be able to enjoy in these complexes,” Schulman said.
The partnership is expected to be made official at Friday’s special city council meeting.
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