Strand Theatre

1008 15th Avenue,
East Moline, IL 61244

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Strand Theater

The Strand Theatre opened in 1921. From December 22, 1967 it operated as an adult movie theatre and was re-named Studio Cinema. It closed as a movie theatre in 1969 and was last used as a adult video store store, but has been vacant for the last several years and by 2017 the building is owned by the city of East Moline.

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jstep on January 10, 2008 at 2:09 pm

The Strand is still standing and will be re-opened sometime in 2008.

milesrich on June 28, 2008 at 12:00 am

The theater was open into the 70’s and called the Studio. I saw Deep Throat there. Really!

dustyalldaylong on July 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm

From a 2009 QC Times Article: “After the war, (Jim) Stopulos sold life insurance briefly and then opened the Coronet Theater on Davenport’s Washington Street at the suggestion of his brother-in-law, who ran an art theater in Iowa City. Later, he moved the Coronet to what had been the Uptown in the Harrison Hilltop neighborhood.

During his 25 years in the theater business, he also owned the Sierra in Moline, the Spruce Hills Twin in Bettendorf, the Central in Geneseo and the Strand in East Moline. He remained in the theater business until 1976, a time when competition from big chains made it difficult for independent operators to survive.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 9, 2012 at 7:57 am

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

rivest266 on July 1, 2017 at 8:07 pm

December 22nd, 1967 Grand opening ad as Studio in the photo section.

dallasmovietheaters on June 14, 2019 at 8:21 am

The Studio Theatre (aka the Studio Adult Video Center) was purchased by the city closing in August 2005. The adult video theater moved less than three blocks away that month.

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