Strand Theater

529-535 Walnut Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Strand Theater

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Built and opened as the Gayety Family Burlesque Theater in 1913 changed over silent movies on November 26, 1914 and changed its name to Strand Theater. It maintained the Strand Theater name, converting to sound films when that era arrived.

Starting in 1942, it became a newsreel theater as the Telenews Theater and remained as such until 1946, when it reverted to the Strand Theater name once again. It was demolished in 1950 to make way for the current Fountain Square location.

Contributed by hanksykes

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hanksykes
hanksykes on November 8, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Hello Joe, I see the owl sign, but don’t know what business that might be. To the right going down Walnut St. would have been B.F.Keiths Theater on the same street side. I’ll try to find out about that Owl Sign.We never had an Owl Theater name. Maybe our crisscross directory will spill the limas!

hanksykes
hanksykes on November 8, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Gee Joe, you’ve been waiting since June for this answer to your question. According to the city directory of 1929 the OWL sign is for THE OWL HOTEL at 211 West 6th, street in Cincy. No Cigar and no Theater,sorry.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 8, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Thanks, Hank. Owl is an odd name for a hotel, unless it catered mostly to people who slept in the daytime.

rivest266
rivest266 on May 31, 2015 at 6:49 am

July 17th, 1942 grand opening ad as Telenews in photo section

hanksykes
hanksykes on July 7, 2015 at 5:12 pm

hello joe vogel, I finally found a site MDHL which gets me to so many journal concerning the film industry. Wonder why I never asked you how to find them? Until soon,Hank

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on December 14, 2015 at 10:36 am

The Gayety closed as a burlesque theatre on November 15th, 1914, and was quickly transformed into the Strand for a grand re-opening with movies on Thanksgiving Day (11/26).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 23, 2016 at 10:46 pm

A Cincinnati city directory published in June, 1910, lists a house called the American Theatre at 531 Walnut Street. As this would be under the Strand’s footprint, I’m wondering if it was an earlier name for the same house or if the American was demolished to make way for the Gaiety. A Gaiety Theatre is also listed in 1910, but at the address 1211 Vine Street.

hanksykes
hanksykes on July 24, 2016 at 11:15 am

Hello again Joe, Yes you are correct the American(vaudeville th.) was removed to buildn the Gaiety St. at that address , the Gaity lasted one year and had its name changed to moviehouse Strand. Thanks for the inquirey. Until soon,Hank

hanksykes
hanksykes on July 25, 2016 at 4:40 pm

Joe just to make matters more complex there were 3 gaiety theater in Cincinnati all at different address at different times and the newspapers did not always include their address when discussing them in print. A real mind meld is this cinema subject.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 25, 2016 at 6:53 pm

In its biography of architect Rudolph Tietig, the Biographical Dictionary of Cincinnati Architects, 1788-1940 attributes the design of the Strand Theatre to him and his firm of Tietig & Lee, with Walter H. Lee. (Lee’s own rather brief entry in the dictionary lists him as William H. Lee, and a 1909 city directory lists him as Walter L. Lee, but I’m inclined to go with Walter H. Lee, which appears in several reliable sources.)

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