Strand Theatre

459 Main Street,
Woburn, MA 01867

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Strand Theatre

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The Strand Theatre was the only movie theatre in downtown Woburn, a suburb to the north of Boston. It was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. by 1941. Additional information welcomed.

Contributed by Ron Salters

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 22, 2007 at 10:48 am

The theatre is listed as the Woburn Theatre in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook. As the Strand, it was included in the MGM Theatre Photograph and Report project. There is an exterior photo dated May 1941. The theatre entrance was in a 2-story building with a triangular marquee which had a “S” at the apex and “Strand” along the tops. Attractions are “Tall Dark and Handsome” and “Golden Hoofs”. From the bottom edge of the marquee there is a fancy cloth banner flying, advertising “Blue Orchid Dinnerware” on “Dish Night”. There are 3 sets of double doors below the marquee. The Report states that the Strand is at 459 Main St. in Woburn, that it has been a MGM customer for over 10 years; that it’s over 15 years old; is in Fair condition, and has 813 seats. In the 1942-43 Motion Picture Almanac, the Strand in Woburn is listed as part of Warner Brothers theatres.

borcheltdj
borcheltdj on January 25, 2007 at 8:58 am

I am with the Woburn Redevelopment Authority in Woburn, Massachusetts. We are working right now with the building current owner to try to obtain a federal/state grant to restore the facade of the building. (The theatre building is now an indoor soccer arena.) The exterior of the building above the first floor has been covered by a 70s era false mansard style shingle roof/curtain wall. We are trying to locate photos which will show us what the original brick and masonry facade looks like underneath. We understand from the previous owner that the original facade was left pretty much intact.

If you could scan and forward me the picture you reference above, that would be a great help.

  • Don Borchelt, WRA
rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 26, 2007 at 10:26 am

Don- The photo is not very good and probably won’t scan well, but I can send you a copy via mail – are you with the Redev. Authority at the city hall in Woburn? You can also buy a good quality copy of the report from the Theatre Historical Soc. in Elmhurst IL but it’s expensive (about $ 52.) www.historictheatres.org – I wouldn’t advise buying a copy without seeing what it looks like first. I was not aware that the building housing the Strand was still in existence!

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 26, 2007 at 7:47 pm

Hi, Don! You may remember me from your days in the planning office in Somerville…

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 6, 2007 at 1:30 pm

While doing research on Warner Bros. theatre circuit, CT member Barry Goodkin came across mention of the Strand in Woburn. In the 1928 Film Daily Yearbook, the Strand (the renamed Woburn Theatre) was part of the Boas Circuit, of 40 Court St. in Boston.

watt
watt on September 25, 2007 at 11:19 am

Ron:

I read the above comments and realized that this is where my grandfather John T. Watt was manager back in the early days.I asked my uncle who was from Woburn and he verified the Movie theatre and the “Blue Orchid Dinnerware” promos that went on back then.He also told me that there were other types of giveaways and prizes.

Do you know if this was a silent theatre before talkies? My grandfather was involved in this field for many years. He also brought Mr BoJangles to Woburn for shows.

Is there a book on the history of this theatre? I would appreciate any info you might have or can steer me towards.

I will be visiting Woburn in October with my uncle to visit some of my mother’s family places of interest.

Richard Coleman

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 17, 2007 at 3:25 pm

Richard- I’m not from Woburn, so I don’t know much about the theatre. However, it almost certainly featured silient films in the 1920s. I doubt if there is a book about the theatre because you will note above that Don Borchelt of the Woburn Redevelopment Authority expressed his inability to find info about the Strand last January. If the local library has a file of old newspapers then you could at least find some period ads.

mp775
mp775 on May 14, 2012 at 4:52 pm

The Street View image above shows 467 Main Street in Reading. This link shows the Strand building in Woburn:

http://g.co/maps/ps3qh

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