Strand Theatre

29 Brinkerhoff Street,
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

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Built in 1924 as the premier theatre of Plattsburgh, NY, the Strand lived up to its name. Silent movies were presented at 10 cents with the Strand orchestra providing accompaniment.

In recent years, however, the theatre deteriorated into running second-run and independent films, as well as rock concerts of local bands. The building was in deplorable condition, and the owners were in debt.

In 2004, the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts purchased the building, and is now beginning a $4-million fund raising effort to restore the theatre as a performing arts center, including the installation of a 1924 Wurlitzer organ.

Contributed by Jonathan Ortloff

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plattsburgh
plattsburgh on March 9, 2005 at 3:02 pm

June 10 and 11th, 2005—come one, come all to the re-birth of the historic Strand Theatre with four performances of the musical “You’re Good Man, Charlie Brown”-the first musical in the Strand in over 30 years. This is the first step on the Strand’s journey to be restored to its rightful glory. For more information, contact Benjamin Pomerance at 563-1744 or Ron Pomerance at 562-3475.

tomdelay
tomdelay on April 23, 2005 at 6:07 pm

Back in the mid-late 1960s, the Dick Weber family installed a large 3 manual 20 rank Wurlitzer in the Strand. The organ was Wurlitzer opus 1196, a style 260 special (plus additions). This was not the Strand’s original organ. This organ, along with the Dick Weber family, was featured in an issue of Theatre Organ Bombarde journal circa 1967.

The family eventually moved the organ to a pizza parlor in Marietta, GA around 1977. It did not last long and the business and organ were scattered to the winds. I have no idea what became of the organ.

CraigHogstrom
CraigHogstrom on June 17, 2007 at 2:05 pm

The legendary theatre organist Billy Nalle recorded several songs on the Strand’s Wuritzer for the Reader’s Digest set, “The Might Pipe Organ Plays Golden Favorites” which was released in 1979. His version of the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers on disc 2 showcased the many percussion capabilities of this instrument.

nritota
nritota on December 30, 2008 at 2:46 am

Cinema Centers ran this theatre in the 70’s to early 80’s until they opened the new theatre in the mall. They also ran the theatre near the air force base and the old mall theatre.

jflundy
jflundy on March 21, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Here is a link to a PDF with an article on the history of the Strand and other North Country theaters from September 1990 back to the early days:
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spectrum
spectrum on December 7, 2010 at 4:49 am

Their new website is at http://plattsburgharts.org/Strand.html

It has a good photo gallery – and looks like theylve began major renovations and are closed during this.

gd14lawn
gd14lawn on January 1, 2011 at 1:11 am

A postcard with the Strand Theatre is here:

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rivest266
rivest266 on September 22, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Grand opening ad from http://news.nnyln.net/plattsburgh-daily-press/plattsburgh-daily-press-1924-october-1925-february/plattsburgh-daily-press-1924-october-1925-february%20-%200439.pdf#xml=http://news.nnyln.net/plattsburgh-daily-press/dtSearch/dtisapi6.dll?cmd=getpdfhits&u=264f7e0e&DocId=56774&Index=d%3a%5cdtSearch%20Developer%5cUserData%5cplattsburgh%2ddaily%2dpress&HitCount=4&hits=dc+de+1d5+202+&SearchForm=D%3a%5cplattsburgh%2ddaily%2dpress%5cdtSearch%5fform%2ehtml&.pdf

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on October 5, 2013 at 9:39 pm

“Rivest266,” instead of “correcting” and “improving” the posted images of others, you should take some time to learn how to activate links. It’s quite easy!

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 22, 2014 at 6:06 am

Photo added courtesy of the Greater Adirondack Ghost and Tour Company.

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