Strand theatre 1-12 Church st. Westfield, Mass 01085

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Strand theatre 1-12 Church st. Westfield, Mass 01085

Strand Theatre

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Strand theatre 1-12 Church st. Westfield, Mass 01085

The Strand Theatre was located on a side street downtown. It opened in the late-1910’s and it was closed in 1979. It was converted into a disco/nightclub, which closed in the summer of 1981 following a fire. The building was demolished in 1984. At the time, it was being run by a company called WG Enterprises, owned by a Holyoke native named Walter Gonnet. In the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook, the Strand in Westfield is listed as having 1400 seats and being open 7 days per week. They also list a Rialto Theatre in Westfield with 600 seats and open 7 days. In the 1942-43 Motion Picture Almanac, the Strand in Westfield is listed as part of Western Mass. Theatres (Nathan Goldstein) of Springfield. In addition to the Strand and the Rialto, the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook also lists an Opera House in Westfield, 3 film venues in all. The 1927 population of Westfield was 18,600 Photo from the Dick Dziadzio collection.

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