Strand Theater

110 West Blaine Street,
McAdoo, PA 18237

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The Strand Theater originally opened as the Blaine Theater in 1915. It hosted vaudeville shows as well as movies. At one point the name was changed to the Roxy, but then changed back to the Strand. I’m unsure of when it actually closed, but as of the mid 1950’s it was already being used as a social hall.

The building is still standing and is in good shape. It currently houses a roller skating rink, but many original features remain.

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kencmcintyre on February 16, 2006 at 2:57 pm

Here are some photos:

and some local history:

The Theatres

McAdoo had its first theatre in 1908. This could not well be called a theatre as it consisted of only one room. It was located at South Tamaqua St. where the Hasslers have their business place at the present time. Movies were not shown here for very long because a fire occurred not far from there and much damage was done to the machinery. The next theatre was on North Tamaqua St. where the First National Bank is now. The owner of this theatre was Mr. Burnard and it was called “The Star.” The next theatre was “The Lion.” This was located where the “Palace” is now. It was not long after this that another theatre was built. This was the “Blaine”, located on Blaine St. across from St. Mary’s Catholic Greek Church. Both of these theatres were destroyed by fire within a month of each other. After they burned down a temporary theatre was set up in a little house in back of the St. Patrick’s School. This was used until the “Lion” was rebuilt. When it was rebuilt it was also renamed. It was now called the “Palace” and this name remains to the present time. About three years ago the “Roxy” theatre and the “Strand” theatre were established. The “Roxy” was in business about two years and a half and then went out of business. At the present time there remain only two theatres, the “Palace” and the “Strand”.

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