When father and son Abraham and Morris Schulman came to Bryan from Houston in 1926, they bought the moving picture businesses on Main Street: the Dixie, the Palace and the Queen. In those days, the movie theaters were generally located in a mixed-use building. The Queen's space was on the ground floor of what was originally a hotel, built in 1884.
Following a 1939 renovation by Edna Schulman, the Queen became a movie theater from top to bottom. It was touted as one of the finest theaters in this part of the state. Opening night, November 14, featured "Fifth Avenue Girl" starring Ginger Rogers.
Fast forward through the Queen's glory days and subsequent decline after closing in the late 1970's. Today, May 11, is another chance for our Queen to shine again in Downtown Bryan. As a nod to her past, we are showing "Fifth Avenue Girl" once again. We have a sold out house for tonight.
I hope Abraham, Morris, Bill and Edna are looking down on us tonight, and joining us as we say, Welcome Back Your Majesty! It's showtime!
Sandy Farris, Executive Director