The Historic Queen Theater anchors the downtown Market Street corridor, which is currently undergoing an intense revitalization. Originally constructed as a hotel in 1872, the 6 story building was converted into a movie and performance theater in 1915, in the process becoming one of the earliest buildings to utilize cast-in-place reinforced concrete.

Wilmington-based real estate developers, the Buccini/Pollin Group, and the City of Wilmington partnered to restore The Queen into a fully operational performing-arts venue centered around live music.  The Queen opened in April 2011 and today welcomes 1,100 people in the Main Music Hall, 200 people in The Crown Room, and 100 people in The Olympia Room for additional private event space. The Queen has hosted noble live music with artists including: St. Vincent, Ben Harper, Ingrid Michaelson, Brian McKnight, Bob Mould, Animal Collective, Neutral Milk Hotel, Courtney Barnett, Dead Milkmen and Biz Markie.

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For a photo journal of the renovation, please click here.