Strand Theatre

217 E. Superior Street,
Alma, MI 48801

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The Strand, located on Superior Street at Gratiot Avenue in downtown Alma, is now used for live entertainment. Further information on the Strand would be appreciated.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 1, 2008 at 12:10 pm

This is a close-up view of the Strand.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 9, 2008 at 4:09 pm

The Gratiot County Players moved into the Strand Theater in 1996 according to their website.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 26, 2008 at 12:57 pm

A December 2008 photo can be seen here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 5, 2010 at 5:25 am

The Strand was built as a 900-seat house in 1920, according to Boxoffice of April 8, 1968, but its seating capacity was reduced to 500 after the 1960 fire destroyed the balcony.

The Gratiot County Players web site has several historic photos of the Strand, plus one of another movie house, the Alma, which it says was earlier called the Idle Hour Theatre.

A 1917 publication called Michigan Film Review mentions both an Idle Hour Theatre and a Liberty Theatre operating in Alma at that time.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 5, 2010 at 8:46 pm

A September 8, 1961, Boxoffice item contradicts some of the information in the 1968 item I cited in my comment above. It says: “A. Carl Schmidt of Hillsdale is completing construction on a new Strand Theatre at Alma on the site of the one destroyed by fire last November, and will open October 1. The new house will have 800 seats, compared to 900 in the destroyed house.”

DonLewis on September 10, 2010 at 5:05 pm

From 1942 a photo of the Strand Theatre along with Alma’s classic city hall building.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 19, 2010 at 9:53 pm

All nice looking pictures.Looks like a nice theatre.Thanks guys.

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