Strand Theatre

140 Broad Street,
Kingsport, TN 37660

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Strand Sweet Shop, undated photo credit Thomas McNeer, Jr.

The Strand Theatre opened in 1925 and was operated by Martin Theatres. It closed in 1979. The current church moved in here in 1989.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 22, 2010 at 11:25 am

The theater first built on this site was opened on April 1, 1925, as the Nu-Strand, according to Margaret Ripley Wolfe’s book “Kingsport, Tennessee: a Planned American City” (Google Books preview.)

Following the disastrous fire in December, 1945, the Strand Theatre was rebuilt on the same site, and opened in July, 1947. The rebuilt house seated 1040, about a 20% greater capacity than the 1925 Strand.

The Kingsport Public Library has several photos of the 1947 Strand, and one of the original Strand (which became the Gem Theatre) on Main Street, but there are no photos of the theater building that stood on this site from 1925 to 1945.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 27, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Jan 4 1968,“VALLEY OF THE DOLLS” is ending its run at the STRAND.

ree_ree on August 26, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Praising God as this will be the new location for Lamplight theatre, Billy Wayne minastries.Gods work will continue at this location!

ree_ree on March 9, 2013 at 4:13 pm

it is official New Home for Lamplighttheatre, Billy Wayne minastries. God Bless our new home!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 16, 2014 at 11:22 pm

The Nu-Strand Theatre of 1925 was designed by New York architect C. K. Howell, according to the March 29 issue of The Kingsport Times.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 18, 2014 at 1:26 am

Ron, the first Strand is listed at Cinema Treasures under its later name, the Gem Theatre.

DavidZornig on September 25, 2015 at 2:59 am

I moved the 1947/`48 photos to the Photos Section, from the below website. In case it goes down like the library site posted in 2010.

Chris1982 on September 27, 2015 at 6:53 am

Current Photo added to photo page

Mikeoaklandpark on September 27, 2015 at 6:04 pm

Chris 1982 when I was there a few years back the were renovating the theater for live use. The marquee was back. Are you sure this is a new picture? It looked like that picture 5 years ago.

Granola on September 27, 2015 at 6:31 pm


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