BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - After the building was abandoned and the movie house shut down nearly 40 years ago, The Queen Theatre has been restored and will reopen it's doors Friday afternoon.
The Downtown Bryan Association has spent the last eight years raising funds to restore the old building and bring it into the new age. Executive Director Sandy Farris says the rain may complicate a few plans Friday afternoon but the ribbon cutting is scheduled for 4 p.m. at The Queen Theatre located at 101 S. Main St.
"We will have a short program inside the theatre, those who attend the ribbon cutting might get a sneak preview of how it all works inside," said Farris.
Tours of the renovated Art Deco theatre will begin shortly after the ribbon cutting. The sconces you will find along the walls inside were made from original 1930 molds and the seats inside the theatre were donated by the Premiere Movie theater in Bryan.
The tour will include a short documentary which highlights the Queen's history.
Silent films were shown on the ground floor of the hotel which first occupied the space beginning in the late 1800's. The last renovation occurred in 1939 when a grand re-design of the Queen was commissioned by Mrs. Edna Schulman, the owner at the time.
Attendees to Friday night's grand opening will be treated to a performance from the Texas A&M Aggieland Orchestra. The group will play in front of the theatre beginning at 4:30 p.m. as a nod to the original grand opening event that happened back in 1939 where the "A and M College Orchestra" performed on Main Street.
Queen Theatre T-shirts will be on sale throughout the evening, with proceeds benefiting the restoration of the historic building.
The Arts Council of the Brazos Valley will host its Red Wasp Film Festival at the Queen on Sunday, May 6.
Then on Friday, May 11 the first official movie night will open at the Queen. The film "5th Avenue Girl" featuring Ginger Rogers will play. It's the same movie that was shown at the 1939 grand opening.
Starting May 15, The Queen will show 10 movies a week from Tuesday - Sunday. Tuesday matinee shows will feature an old western film and Thursday matinee shows will feature romance/musicals. Saturday and Sunday movies will be family friendly, with Sunday films showing in Spanish.
Tickets for all movie times will go on sale starting Saturday, May 5. You can purchase them on The Queen Theatre website.