315 Market Street,
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The Strand Theater was the larger of two Sunbury theaters, the smaller being the 612 seat; Rialto Theater.
Originally opened in 1910 as the People’s Theater, it was a handsome light brick building with a grand marquee that featured moving lights and provided quite a bit of life and light to Market Street. The theater was very well kept and well managed. It was taken over by the Commerford chain in 1919 and renamed Strand Theater. It was remodeled in 1951 to the plans of architect Michael J. DeAngelis. It had a large CinemaScope screen which was installed for the movie “The Robe” in 1953.
I am not certain of the date it closed, but I believe that like the rest of Market Street, it fell victim to nearby malls. The once thriving Market Street is now a shadow of its former self. The building is now used as an electrical supply warehouse.
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