World Cafe Live has pulled out of Wilmington’s Queen Theater. A new management team will come in to maintain the venue’s identity as a space for live music, according to a report.
As Delaware Online writes, World Cafe Live at the Queen will shut down on May 27 this year. World Cafe is leaving the venue after six years there. The closure was announced in an email from Hal Real, World Cafe Live and Real Entertainment Group president, that was circulated Monday night.
“Even though lots has improved physically on much of Market Street, the revitalization has just not been strong enough and fast enough to support our robust 7-day/week WCL model,” Real wrote in the email. “So, while I’m certainly no quitter, you really do have to ‘know when to fold.’”
Real added that World Cafe Live will continue operations in Philadelphia.
Chris Buccini, co-president of the Buccini/Pollin Group, which revived the historic 45,000-square-foot theater, told Delware Online that a new management company has already stepped in to take over the Queen Theater. Buccini reportedly will announce details about the incoming company on Tuesday afternoon.
The Queen Theater itself was constructed in the 1800s, and served as a vaudeville theater and movie house before shutting down initially in 1959. The Buccini/Pollin Group purchased the building nearly 50 years later, and reopened the venue with a concert in April 2011.
In addition to music performances, the theater has also hosted food festivals and political events, including a rally for Hillary Clinton ahead of primaries in April 2016.