Strand Theatre

21 Falls Street,
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

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I only have vague recollections of the theatre that I attended frequently as a youth. It was one of at least five downtown movie theatres dating from the 1910’s/1920’s, the others being the Cataract Theatre, Rapids Theatre and the Falls Theatre.

The Strand Theatre was demolished in 1972.

Contributed by David B. Schneider

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 21, 2006 at 11:13 am

Niagara Falls, NY, probably had a substantial number of theatres over the years. The 1944 FDYB lists nine: Capitol, Cataract, Colonial, Hippodrome, LaSalle, Rainbow, Shea’s Bellevue, State, and Strand. I can not guarantee the accuracy of that list. I’m only repeating what was reported in the 1944 FDYB. Many of those annuals are riddled with errors.

LouB on July 2, 2006 at 2:28 am

I Remember all of these theaters except the Colonial. The Hippodrome later became the Niagara Falls Cinema and closed in 2002. Shea’s Bellevue became the Rapids and is now The Dome Theater which is used for musical performances. The Capitol is vacant and the rest have been torn down.

LouB on May 21, 2007 at 5:27 pm

As was the Cataract, this theater was also razed in 1972 as part of an urban renewal project.

Padawg on July 8, 2009 at 11:28 pm

Does anyone know of a source for photos of any of the NF theatres? I took several in the Rapids years ago, have a postcard view for the Strand and Cataract, and took an exterior of the State before it came down.

kencmcintyre on November 8, 2009 at 12:42 am

Here is an ad for the Strand, circa 1930s:

Padawg on November 9, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Quite an ad – that one played before my time – found a poster on line that makes the ad seem a bit tame. I heard from someone that there is a modern theatre in town that has a couple of photos of the Strand in its lobby but have not been able to track that down.

LouB on November 11, 2009 at 9:51 pm

The Jerry Lewis Cinema had pictures of the Strand in the lobby but it is now an OTB.

paulnelson on August 21, 2013 at 3:02 am

Dramatic marquee and signage. Hope they saved some of it.

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