Strand Theater

93 Main Street,
Brockport, NY 14420

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Strand Theater

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Built in 1907, since 1916 the building has housed the Strand Theater which had 500 seats.

Operated by Kallet Theatres in 1946, the facade was remodeled in an Art Moderne style by architect Michael J. DeAngelis, who added the black Carrara glass frontage. The plans also included enlarging the Strand Theater to seat 750, all on a single floor.

Contributed by Eric Lenhardt

Recent comments (view all 26 comments)

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on February 24, 2012 at 7:29 am

In his post of September 25, 2008, SchineHistorian suggests that this theater originally opened as the Lyric Theatre. An item in the December 3, 1914, edition of the Holley Standard (a weekly paper from a neighboring village), noted that the Lyric was purchased by Charles Lawton, who was also the owner of another Brockport cinema, the Globe Theater. It doesn’t appear that the Globe is presently listed on CT. Meanwhile, perhaps Lyric Theatre should be added to this entry as an AKA.

Patsy on February 24, 2012 at 7:33 am

Always nice to see a recent post on this Michael DeAngelo designed theatre…very unique exterior with the round windows and that shiny vitrolite.

Patsy on February 24, 2012 at 7:40 am

And SchineHistorian would know as she is the expert on Schine theatres!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on February 24, 2012 at 7:51 am

Another note found in the June 18, 1914, edition of the same paper stated that Fred B. Whiting, the former manager of the Lyric Theatre, was to “erect an open air moving picture theater” in the village that would have an expected seating capacity of about seven or eight hundred. Seems similar enterprises were routinely popping up in vacant lots all across the country during these early years of motion picture exhibition, before air-cooling systems were perfected.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on February 24, 2012 at 9:32 am

Curiously, this item appeared in the January 11, 1917, edition of the Holley Standard:

“The Lyric theater in Brockport is to pass out of existence. The E Harrison Company have leased the building and expect to remove their clothing business to that location.”

Perhaps SchineHistorian (apologies for identifying the wrong gender for her in a previous comment) would know if there was an different Lyric that had operated in town once the changeover was made to the Strand name – or perhaps this was a planned relocation for E Harrison that never happened. Amazing how side-tracked one can become when burying themselves in old newspaper editions! I’m researching a couple of theaters in Holley, NY, and just keep stumbling upon tangential tidbits like this.

Patsy on July 1, 2012 at 8:42 am

Always enjoy reading about this DeAngelis designed theatre and seeing its original art deco interior which is so much like my former theatre, the Grand Theatre in Westfield NY. I hope to visit this theatre this summer.

MovieBuff143 on July 14, 2012 at 11:20 am

Kallet Theatres of Oneida, NY owned the theatre until 1989 when it was sold to SJM Entertainment of Syracuse who bought both the Strand and Studio Theatre in Brockport. SJM converted the Strand to a triplex in 1989 utilizing equipment from both buildings to achieve the conversion. Note: Kallet leased the theatres to CinemaNational Theatres (a division of Carrols Development Corp) who operated the theatres from 1974 until 1989. CinemaNational merged with USA Theatres of Boston and later with Loews Theatres of NY before the sale to SJM Entertainment.

Patsy on February 11, 2013 at 5:50 pm

I guess Carrara Glass is similar to Vitrolite.

Patsy on October 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Do wish the photo with this theatre featured the Carrara glass exterior on a bright sunny day without the highway barrels.

Patsy on October 8, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Nice to know it is still intact since it is the original design by DeAngelis.

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