Strand Theatre

206 S. Federal Avenue,
Mason City, IA 50401

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Originally opened as the Princess Theatre, it was renamed Strand Theatre in 1935. It was another of the theatres in downtown Mason City operated by Central States Theatres. The theatre closed in 1975.

Contributed by Chuck

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 19, 2007 at 3:06 pm

In 1957, the Mason City Globe-Gazette was advertising films at the Strand, Cecil, Palace and Lake.

DonRosen
DonRosen on June 29, 2008 at 5:45 am

THIS must be the theatre was where the premiere of “The Music Man” took place in 1962, complete with Robert Preston, Shirley Jones and Ronnie Howard, on hand. It was a few blocks away from Meredith Wilson’s boyhood home. It’s now a Wells Fargo bank…IF this is the theatre I’m thinking of. I first thought it was The State Theatre, but that theatre closed in the 50s.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 24, 2009 at 6:06 am

Don: The April 9, 1962, issue of Boxoffice Magazine said that the premier of “The Music Man” was to be presented at the Palace Theatre in Mason City. The July 2 issue of the same publication reported on the event, which was held in conjunction with the North Iowa Band Festival and a national Music Man Band Competition.

About 125,000 people crowded into the town, and Meredith Wilson headed a three-hour parade, leading the Mason City band. A total of 8000 bandsmen participated in the parade, and the invitational press premier of the movie was held at the Palace that evening.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 14, 2009 at 7:37 am

According to the obituary of John McKee Heffner, long time Mason City theater man, published in the April 7, 1956, issue of Boxoffice Magazine, the Strand Theatre had earlier been called the Princess Theatre.

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