Strand Theatre

543 Columbia Road,
Dorchester, MA 02125

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1978 photo courtesy of the Growing Up In Dorchester, Mass. Facebook page.

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This grand old Boston neighborhood movie palace was opened November 11, 1918. It was closed in the mid-1970’s. As Dorchester declined, so went the theatre.

Fortunately, though, this theatre has been gloriously restored for use by the community.

Contributed by Ron Newman

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on September 22, 2008 at 9:08 am

In yesterday’s Boston Globe City Weekly: Strand repairs worth all the bother, an article explaining why the theatre has been closed more than it’s been open over the last three years. It will reopen next month, but more repairs are planned for 2009. I don’t know if that work will require closing it again.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 19, 2008 at 12:01 pm

Today’s Boston Sunday Herald states that a Halloween “Boo Bash” will be held this afternoon at the Strand Theatre. The event is free. So many events at the Strand have free admission, which means no revenue coming in.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on April 9, 2009 at 9:12 am

The Broadway musical “Ain’t Misbehavin'” comes to the Strand for a three-day run starting tomorrow, starring 2003 American Idol Winner Ruben Studdard. Today’s Boston Globe has a long article on the show and the theatre’s recent restoration.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 26, 2010 at 4:19 pm

This week’s Dorchester Reporter has two long articles about the Strand’s failure to attract programming and serve the young people of the surrounding community as it did in the 1990s:

Despite millions in funding by city, little is happening at Strand Theatre

Once a haven for youth, Strand Theatre now seen more as history

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on December 5, 2010 at 9:17 am

I don’t know why the Strand Theatre’s web address keeps changing, but now it’s .

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm

The Strand is listed at 543 Columbia Road in the 1921 edition of the Boston Register and Bus. Directory, Issue 85.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 6, 2011 at 3:24 am

A 1979 booklet called “Living in Dorchester” (available at this link from cites architectural historian Douglass Shand Tucci as saying that Funk & Wilcox’s design for the Strand Theatre featured an Adamesque interior and a Classical Revival facade.

James Fisher
James Fisher on July 6, 2011 at 4:23 am

great lil theatre been there a few times long ago

rivest266 on May 12, 2013 at 8:28 am

This opened on November 17th, 1918

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on November 11, 2015 at 10:49 am

The Strand Theatre had its grand opening on the night of November 11th, 1918, the same day that an Armistice was declared in the Great War that had been raging in Europe since 1914. I’ve posted an ad in the photo section.

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