Strand Theater

93 Main Street,
Brockport, NY 14420

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Patsy on February 28, 2015 at 12:02 pm

Great to see a recent post on this theatre designed by Michael DeAngelis. What a pleasure it was to meet the grandson, Mark in 2014!

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 28, 2015 at 11:03 am

Ed: The Winslow Block was originally a multistory building with multiple storefronts. In April 1908 the Happy Hour Theatre opened on the second floor. Four months later in August 1908 the Lyric Theatre opened in a storefront on the ground floor. In 1916 the Lyric moved upstairs taking over the former Happy Hour space and changed it name to the Strand Theatre. Therefore the Lyric that passed out of existence and was replaced by E Harrison Company was the space on the first floor of the building. In 1946 the building was remodeled and the Strand took over the entire building. If you look at the Google Street View of the State Street side of the Strand building you can see all the bricked-over windows and doors of those original first floor retail spaces.

Patsy on October 8, 2013 at 2:39 pm

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

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 February 11, 2013 at 5:50 pm

I guess Carrara Glass is similar to Vitrolite.

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 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.

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.

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.

Patsy on February 24, 2012 at 7:40 am

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

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.

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 September 15, 2010 at 8:13 am

Did it orignally have a balcony and who is this businessman who owns the Strand? Is he responsible for “carving up” the interior?

Patsy on September 15, 2010 at 8:08 am

When was this theatre triplexed?? It may be the only existing Michael DeAngelis designed theatre that has been divided with three screens!

Patsy on March 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm

ken mc: Thanks so very much for posting the Boxoffice interior photos of 1947 which are so similar to my hometown DeAngelis designed theatre. Should be interesting to see how this theatre was triplexed being that “tri” means three when I visit the theatre this Spring.

kencmcintyre on March 17, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Boxoffice had some interior photos in November 1947:

Patsy on March 15, 2010 at 7:14 am

FLMurphy: Nice to read that your father managed this theatre for many years. I hope to see this theatre this summer and it’s not because it was divided up, but rather because the architect was Michael DeAngelis.

eamurphy on March 14, 2010 at 11:34 pm

My father managed this theatre for many years. Sorry to see that it has been divided into a three screen house. As I remember, it was always a single screen. Was owned by Kallet (sp). Then was sold to Cinemanational or United Artist, as I recall. Kallet (sp?) up to 1976

Patsy on May 18, 2009 at 4:40 pm

This theatre is listed as having 3 screens so was it divided up and was originally a single screen theatre? I would say…yes!

Patsy on May 16, 2009 at 11:13 am

Lost Memory: This theatre has similar round circles as found in other DeAngelis designed theatres. On Feb. 25, 2008 you posted photos of the Warsaw Cinema designed by DeAngelis, but they can not be viewed and I’d love to see the art deco similiarities to my hometown theatre built by DeAngelis.

Patsy on October 19, 2008 at 10:57 am

When was this theatre “triplexed”?

SchineHistorian on September 25, 2008 at 6:39 pm

September 23, 2008
News release
For immediate release
For further information contact:
Bill Andrews, 727-1748 or

Brockport is celebrating the centennial of the second oldest motion picture venue in America. The Strand Theater and its predecessor, the Lyric, in downtown Brockportâ€\s Winslow Block have been projecting movies continuously since August 15, 1908.
To celebrate this event, the Greater Brockport Development Corp. has organized a two-day vintage movie festival, Friday and Saturday, October 17-18. Films from 1910-1916 and 1946 will be projected with leading experts as hosts and commentators. A Champagne Gala will conclude the festivities Saturday evening. All activities will take place in the Strand, 89 Main Street.

Patrick Loughney, head motion picture curator at the George Eastman House, will host the Friday session, 7-9 pm, showing selected films and discussing the early movie industry. The 10-12 am session Saturday will be devoted to the history of movie theaters in upstate New York. Norman O. Keim, co-author of “Our Movie Houses: A History of Film and Cinematic Innovation in Central New York”, will host the first hour and Karen Colizzi Noonan, President of the Theater Historical Society of America, the second half.

Dr. George J. Grella, Professor of Film History at the University of Rochester and film critic for City Magazine, will host the 2-4 session Saturday afternoon, presenting and commenting on selected early films.

The Champagne Gala is scheduled for 5-10 pm, Saturday, and will feature two films closely associated with the history of the Strand. Mary Pickfordâ€\s “Cinderella” was the first movie shown when the Strand replaced the Lyric in 1916 and Maureen Oâ€\Haraâ€\s “Do You Love Me?” inaugurated the greatly-enlarged Strand in 1946. Hosts for the Gala will be Dr. Kenneth Oâ€\Brien, specialist on film history in Brockportâ€\s History Department, and Dr. Sidney Rosenzweig, lecturer on film criticism in its English Department. The other commentators will join them in discussing the films and their contexts.
Admission to the Friday evening and Saturday daytime sessions will be $5, payable at the door. Participation in the Gala will cost $25.

Tickets are available at the Strand, Express Mart in Brockport, the Lift Bridge Book Shop, the Red Bird Tea Shoppe, State Farm Insurance at 59 Main Street, Ryanâ€\s Big M, and at the door. A substantial portion of the proceeds will be used to subsidize repair and restoration of the marquee and façade of the Strand.

Sponsors for the Gala are the Brockport Downtown Merchants Assn., Express Mart, Lift Bridge Book Shop, Mahan Discount Liquor, Northside Service Center, Red Bird Tea Shoppe, Ryanâ€\s Big M, State Farm Insurance, and Brockport Wegmanâ€\s

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 15, 2005 at 3:20 am

The building was errected in 1907 and since 1916 has housed the Strand Theatre. In 1946 it was modernised and re-furbished to the design of architect Michael J. DeAngelis. The Streamline Moderne style facade with black Carrara glass comes from this period of time.

Patsy on September 15, 2005 at 9:10 am

Nice to read that it has a nice art deco (see photo on website), but sorry to read that it “was carved up into 3 small screening auditoriums” and that it “doesn’t have a balcony”.