315 Market Street,
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Previously operated by: Comerford Theaters Inc.
Styles: Spanish Renaissance
Previous Names: People's Theatre
The Strand Theatre was the larger of two Sunbury theatres, the smaller being the 612 seat; Rialto Theatre.
Originally opened in 1910 as the People’s Theatre, 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 theatre was very well kept and well managed. It was taken over by the Commerford chain in 1919 and renamed Strand Theatre. It was remodeled and enlarged in November 1928. It was remodeled again 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.
The Strand Theatre was closed June 12, 1980. 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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