Strand Theatre

Main Street,
Stonington, CT

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This theatre was located in the scenic tourist town that boasts the historic Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 3, 2005 at 4:52 am

In June of 1940 Hitchcock’s Rebecca with Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier played here. There, isn’t that an earth-shaking fact?

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on July 3, 2005 at 12:22 pm

I think I heard that this theatre was literally built above the water. It hung out over it. Supposedly there were wharf rats underneath.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 3, 2005 at 3:31 pm

I’m wondering if the Lyric in nearby Pawcatuck/Westerly hovered over water also, since city directories gave its address as West Broad and added “on the bridge.”

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 3, 2008 at 10:39 am

The Strand can be seen in this 1949 photo. It burned to the ground on December 2, 1960.
http://tinyurl.com/37mlly

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 11, 2010 at 11:51 pm

from Boxoffice Magazine, April 23, 1938:
Four Westerly and Mystic Houses Will Be Renovated
WESTERLY, R.I. – Jack Findlay, owner and operator of the Central, United and Lyric Theatres here and the Strand, Mystic, Conn., is renovating all four houses. Work on the Central, which will double its present seating capacity, is in progress. At the same time two new rectifiers and two lamps are being installed in the United and new carpet laid. The 400-seat Lyric, closed for many years, will soon begin complete renovation, while next in line the Strand will be entirely modernized. Findlay plans to operate the three Westerly houses full time first-run."

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