Strand Theatre

117 S. Main Street,
Tulsa, OK 74103

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Strand Theatre

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Opened as the Empire Theatre prior to 1910. It was renamed Yale Theatre in 1912. In June 1915 it was renamed Strand Theatre. This theater typically showed B-westerns. The Strand Theatre was closed in 1949.

Contributed by Lauren Grubb

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deleted user
[Deleted] on February 9, 2007 at 8:13 am

May have used a Reproduco for silent films. This was a organ and piano combination instrument that played by paper rolls that was popular with theaters of the ‘20s.

raybradley
raybradley on July 21, 2007 at 11:24 am

Photo right of this c1907 image can be seen the arched entrance of the Strand Nickelodeon, just beyond Palace Clothiers. Lyric Theatre is seen photo left.
http://www.tulsalibrary.org/JPG/D8162.jpg

raybradley
raybradley on July 25, 2007 at 8:26 pm

Above photo clearly illustrates that the Strand Cinema started life as the Wonder Land Theatre, probably Tulsa’s first movie house.
This 1885 photo depicts what may have been Tulsa’s very first stage theatre, the Famouse Variety Show, operated by Jack Marris. As native Tulsan Paul Harvey might say, photo caption tells “the rest of the story”.
http://www.tulsalibrary.org/JPG/A0404.jpg

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 27, 2009 at 1:10 am

A Boxoffice item of December 3, 1949, says this: “Vern Hester has sold Tulsa’s oldest operating theatre, the Strand, to provide room for an expanded furniture store. Built in 1909 by L. W. Brophy, Muskogee theatre owner, it was known as the Yale.”

The Strand had been offered for sale in a classified ad in Boxoffice of July 16, 1949. The ad said that it was a 320-seat grind operation with attractive grosses.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 30, 2014 at 5:19 pm

As Joe already posted, the Strand was formerly the Yale Theatre. In 1910 and probably even earlier, the Strand/Yale Theatre was known as the Empire Theatre. An October 6, 1912 ad for the Yale Theatre, states “Formerly the Empire”.

An item in the June 16, 1915 edition of the Tulsa Daily World states that the Yale Theatre is closed and will re-open on June 25th with a new name. That is most likely when the name was changed to Strand. The Strand is advertising motion pictures in July of 1915. All three theatre names had an address of 117 South Main Street. The Strand Theatre is listed in the 1949 Film Daily Yearbook with 320 seats.

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