The Queen Theatre was originally built in the late 1800's as a hotel in the heart of Downtown Bryan. The hotel began showing silent films on the ground level in the early 1900's. The name "Queen Theatre" was officially given to the building in 1914 and then in 1939 the hotel was converted into a fully operational movie theatre. 5th Avenue Girl starring Ginger Rogers was the first movie shown in the Queen in 1939. The Queen operated as a movie theatre from 1939 to the mid 1970's. The Downtown Bryan Association purchased the Queen in 2010 and began to revive the iconic building. The Queen Theatre reopened May 4, 2018 as a single screen film house and performance venue. The Queen also houses the Downtown Bryan Association offices, a Downtown Bryan visitor's center in the lobby and is available to rent for private events.