Strand Theater

527 Duval Street,
Key West, FL 33040

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Patsy on February 14, 2005 at 7:36 pm

If anyone has any current news on the Strand in Key West, I’d appreciate it. Thanks.

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[Deleted] on February 14, 2005 at 7:29 pm

Drive in theatre is movie theatre. Why would you want to exclude them from here. That is just discrimination and I very much loathe discrimination in any form. Any type of theatre should be welcome here this not only for some elite people.

Patsy on February 14, 2005 at 6:34 pm

And if Walgreens intends to make it a pharmacy I sure hope they keep the unique facade! At least do that Mr. Walgreens!

Patsy on February 14, 2005 at 6:31 pm

lostmemory: I agree and btw, what is the link for the drive-in website as it would be fun to visit. Thanks.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 14, 2005 at 4:27 pm

Patsy….I found the message that Dawn wrote on a drive-in website. I will paste it here:
“We are still here to entertain you! at only $8.00 a carload, we are an affordable family getaway. Brand new sound station at 88.1 FM just this August. Buy a freshly baked pizza at consession stand each week and get in FREE each following week!!! Completely family owned and operated. Come visit the KIRSCH’S CORRY DRIVE IN!!!”

There have been multiple “debates” on this site about which theaters should be allowed and which one’s do not qualify. To the best of my knowledge, the theater had to show movies at some point in its lifetime. Thats it! Drive-ins played a role in movie theater history, why deny them a place on here. If we only include enclosed theaters, then maybe we should only have large enclosed theaters with 2000+ seats. How about we only include theaters designed by famous architects? Why do we have old silent theaters listed that closed 80 or 90 years ago that no one remembers anyway. Like I said before, a theater is a theater. Why discriminate against one particular type of theater.

Patsy on February 14, 2005 at 2:42 pm

Dawn has posted on CT so perhaps you’ve read her words on the Grand Theatre/Westfield NY link since her father onced owned and operated that hometown theatre.

Patsy on February 14, 2005 at 2:39 pm

lostmemory: Where did you see this promo or ad written by Dawn Kirsch? She is Joe’s daughter. And as far as adding drive-ins to this cinema website perhaps we should ask the founders of the site and see what they prefer.

Patsy on February 14, 2005 at 1:57 pm

Well, all I know is that there are drive-in theatres listed and many have them are included on personal profile links so I don’t have a problem with including them.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 14, 2005 at 1:21 pm

Drive-in theaters are theaters too. Most of the open drive-ins show first run movies just like a enclosed theater does. Should we eliminate porn theaters from here also? How about those “dinner” theaters which are listed on here? There are also old Airdrome theaters listed here that consisted of four walls and bench seats. Some of them didn’t even have walls. Where do you draw the line? In my opinion a theater is a theater, hardtop or convertible!

teecee on February 14, 2005 at 12:57 pm

Question to all: Should we be adding drive inns to this site?
I think that they are adequately covered by other web sites dedicated to drive inns. In addition, the founders of CT have excluded them from their book.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 14, 2005 at 10:34 am

Patsy….I heard of the Corry drive-in in Corry, Pa. I didn’t add it to Cinema Treasures because I couldn’t find much info on it. Things like when it was built or the year that it opened. I believe that it is a single screen drive-in. I read some promo or ad written by a Dawn Kirsch, I assume that is Joe’s daughter or wife. When you interview Joe, maybe you can get enough info to add the Corry drive-in here.
I’m trying to find all the open drive-ins and add them here. Then I can go back to adding regular theaters. I’m saving the “dead” drive-ins for last since it is very difficult if not impossible to find addresses for them.

Patsy on February 14, 2005 at 10:27 am

Steve: Well written and I DITTO your comments! Have a nice day despite the Walgreens-Strand photo!

stevepatrick on February 14, 2005 at 10:11 am

Boy does that Walgreens photo make me sick. Unfortunately, you get sick, you go to a doctor. Your doctor writes you a ‘scrip. You take that 'scrip to your local pharmacy, perhaps a Walgreens. In an ironic way I guess we could think of it as going full circle. Let’s hope there is more than one local pharmacy.

Patsy on February 14, 2005 at 9:25 am

lostmemory: Just noticed that you have 3 of my hometown area drive-ins on your profile sheet, but since nobody has posted on any of those pages thought I mention it here……I was recently in contact with a man in Erie PA who owns and operates the Corry Drive-In in Corry PA, Joe Kirsch. I plan to meet with him this spring/summer to discuss his career in theatre/drive-in ownership so should be a fascinating interview. Also, he once owned my hometown theatre in western NYS. My hometown also had a drive-in on Route 20.

Patsy on February 14, 2005 at 9:20 am

With the new millenium comes change and not always for the best, imo.

Patsy on February 14, 2005 at 9:18 am

Yes, these additional b/w photos worked correctly and were fun to see yet I’m devastated to see the Walgreens sign high above that most unusual facade. Can’t believe though that the ‘Couch Republic’ isn’t up in arms over this pharmacy purchase! The ‘theater’ is definitely on THE street in Key West….Duval Street!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 14, 2005 at 9:06 am

I did read an article that this theater is about to become a Walgreens, Patsy. When I searched for this theater, the listing shows: “Strand Theater (former movie theater, former Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium, and future site of Walgreen’s Drug Store”.

I also found some old photos of this theater. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the photo:
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I hope those links aren’t too long and that they work correctly.

Patsy on February 14, 2005 at 9:04 am

lostmemory: After really studying the photo that you posted I am truly outraged now as I see the marquee has been ‘torn’ off! The folks passing by on the street should be holding picket signs and protesting rather than just walking by like they don’t have a care in the world! Unbelievable that this theatre would be allowed to be raped in quaint Key West where there is so much culture and attention to the arts! I would like to read what other members think of this recent ‘development’ that is going in the wrong direction!

Patsy on February 14, 2005 at 8:59 am

lostmemory: Thanks for the photo, but that tacky Walgreens sign at the top of the facade is just that…….tacky! So I guess this means that the theatre is owned by Walgreens afterall! :–(

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 14, 2005 at 8:41 am

The style of this theater is listed as Art Deco. Here is a photo of the Strand:
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Patsy on February 14, 2005 at 6:48 am

Riprod: I just noticed that after the word STATUS it reads “Closed/Renovating/Restoring” so doesn’t this mean what it says? Hope we’re all wrong!

Patsy on February 14, 2005 at 6:46 am

TC: THANKS for the photos site of this Key West theater. It’s a real shame that Walgreens got their pharmacy fingers on this one! Now my question about the Walgreens connection has been sadly answered! :–( I, too, have been to Key West during the years I lived in South Florida,but don’t recall seeing this theatre with its beautiful facade and now certainly regret that oversight. :–(

Patsy on January 30, 2005 at 1:18 pm

Shoeshoe: Hope we get our Walgreens answer so perhaps it’s a mistake, but thought perhaps the Walgreens used to be a theatre!?!