Strand Theatre

Third Avenue North,
Hohenwald, TN 38462

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This was the first of three Strand Theatres (the other opened in 1943 and 1947) to adorn the landscape of the serene community of Hohenwald. Although there is a very limited amount of information on this theatre, what is currently known is that it existed sometime between 1941 and 1950 that it had a seating capacity that ranged from 145 to 434 and that it might have initially been the Little Gem Theatre, which opened around 1920.

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JackCoursey on December 29, 2006 at 3:04 pm

Here are some archive photos of the Strand: 1, 2

JackCoursey on December 30, 2006 at 1:53 pm

CORRECTION: There were three Strand Theatres, all were under the proprietorship of Mr. Earnest Pollock. The first opened in 1938, the second in or around 1943 and the last in 1947. Lewis County has been without a theatre since 1963.

tonyturnbow on October 16, 2007 at 10:55 am

Mr. Pollock purchased the Strand Theatre business from another operator in 1938. It appears that the theater had been operated as the Little Gem Theater. (Hohenwald had a Little Gem Theater and a Meryln Theater). Country Music singer Roy Acuff performed on stage the first night. A lease to the adjoining building indicates that the theater may have moved over one building in 1939. Construction on a new building began in 1938 by Pollock and Brown Johnson. Equipment was leased from RCA. The second Strand opened in 1940 and ran through 1948. Pollock built his own building in 1948. That building burned in 1963.

tonyturnbow on October 16, 2007 at 10:57 am

Photo #1 is the 1938 location and photo #2 is the 1940 location. #2 is the building that is now re-opening.

JackCoursey on June 25, 2009 at 7:26 pm

The historic 1938 Strand Theatre now presents a variety of live performances throughout the year and showcases the work of local artists and those of interest to the local community.

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