Strand Theater

129 E. College Street,
Iowa City, IA 52240

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The Strand was demolished and replaced with an office building after a fire in 1968.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 30, 2015 at 10:14 pm

The April 19, 1916, issue of The Iowa City Citizen said that the new Strand Theatre on College Street would open the following day. The building, formerly a saloon, had been remodeled for Thomas A. Brown, who had operated the first movie theater in Iowa City.

The advertisement for the Strand Theatre in the May 27, 1926, issue of The Daily Iowan boasted of the theater’s Robert Morton theater organ.

The marquee is about all that can be seen of the Strand in this photo. The movie In Old Arizona, the first talking picture to be filmed outdoors, and the first western with sound, was released in January, 1929.

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