138 S. Main Street,
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This theatre began life as Frank Montgomery’s Majestic #2 in 1913. The huge canopy sheltered the both tiny lobby entrance and one of the commercial store fronts. It became the Strand Theatre in 1929, and the second marquee was only the width of the entry. A third marquee of the triangular variety was its most familiar. It was operated by Loew’s, Malco (for Paramount Pictures Inc. though their subsidiary M.A. Lightman) by the early-1940’s, and later independently.
The Strand Theatre wasn’t as grand as the other main Street movie theatres (there were pillars supporting the balcony which caused some visibility problems) but it outlasted all of Montgomery’s other Majestics, and even Loew’s State Theatre and the Princess Theatre. By the mid-1960’s it had gone over to soft-core porn. It was demolished in 1975, and traces of it may still be seen on the adjacent building.
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