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RickBenjamin commented about Strand Theater on Feb 10, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Hi Ron:

Thanks for this information, which is very interesting. I recently purchased a 1906 color post card of the interior of the Ithaca Lyceum. It was a very beautiful theater, indeed. I’ll try to post a scan of the card here, if I can figure out how to.

RickBenjamin commented about Strand Theater on Dec 8, 2008 at 12:38 pm

The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra does now own the Ithaca Lyceum Theatre’s pit orchestra music collection, as described in Mr. Salter’s post above. The Lyceum did indeed become a cinema in 1915. The Lyceum Collection includes hundreds of early 1912-1918 silent film cues for orchestra, as well as music cue sheets for specific “photoplays.” Apparently conductor John A. Noble (1875-?) was brought in to the Lyceum from Chicago’s Majestic Theatre because of his expertise with film underscoring.
We will be posting photos of these scores and artifacts from the Lyceum soon on our website at
For our researches we would really like to find PHOTOS of the Lyceum Theatre. Can anyone help us in this regard?
Rick Benjamin, Director, The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra