Strand Theatre

10209 Jasper Avenue,
Edmonton, AB

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Opened as the Pantages Theatre, on May 12th, 1913, this theatre was for its first several years a vaudeville house. Designed by the then 22 year old B. Marcus Priteca, in association with Edmonton architect Edward Collis Hopkins (who designed the restrained, two-story classical business building in front of the theatre to support an additional thirteen floors which were never built), it was the most lavish theatre yet opened in the Canadian north.

In 1921, the name was changed to the Metropolitan, and it became a movie house. Closed briefly at the beginning of the depression, it re-opened in 1931 as the Strand, and remained one of Edmonton’s leading downtown cinemas for decades thereafter.

Despite having been declared an historic site by the Province of Alberta in 1976, the Strand was closed, and was demolished to make way for a massive office building in 1979.

Contributed by Joe Vogel
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