Strand Theater

62 St. Paul Street,
Rochester, NY 14604

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With the singing and talking

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Opened around 1907 as the Happy Hour Theater. The Happy Hour was remodeled in 1913 and renamed the Strand Theater. The Strand Theater was demolished in 1953.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 30, 2007 at 7:21 pm

A Marr & Colton theater organ was installed in the Strand Theater in 1915. In 1921 and again in 1926, “Existing instrument enlarged”.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on May 30, 2007 at 7:41 pm

Closed in 1959.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 31, 2007 at 7:32 am

Many times a movie theater will close and the building is then used as a church. This website claims just the opposite for the Strand Theater. This theater started as a church. The building was sold, remodeled and was known as Colonial Hall. Colonial Hall was used for wrestling and skating. The building was sold again and became a movie theater in 1907. According to that website, “The building was razed in 1953, for a parking lot”.

mikeplugh
mikeplugh on December 27, 2007 at 10:54 pm

Several excellent photos of this theater are available here:

View link

The owner of the theater, George D. Curtis, is a relative. If anyone has information about the theater, beyond what is listed here, please contact me.

mikeplugh
mikeplugh on December 27, 2007 at 11:23 pm

If you are unable to access the photos at the above link, click “New Search” and enter “Strand.” You will find 2 photos. A further search of St. Paul Street may turn up several more photos of the theater in the background, including one as “The Happy Hour.”

JeffBertsch
JeffBertsch on June 21, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Jeff Bertsch I am very pleased that there is still knowledge of the Strand Theater.My greatgrandfather,George Curtis,opened the Strand. My grandmother(Jenny[Curtis]Bertsch) owned the Strand with her two sisters until it was sold in the 1950’s and lamentably became a parking lot. I note that mike plugh above is also a relative of George Curtis.I would like to communicate with him (Jeff )

dplugh
dplugh on February 2, 2013 at 3:29 pm

George Curtis and his wife, Kate, are my maternal great grandparents. I have more information on “The Happy Hour” and George and Kate’s longtime businesses in the entertainment industry.

dplugh
dplugh on August 24, 2013 at 3:47 pm

For more information on the Happy Hour and the Strand, you may go to my blog. http://notablecharacters.wordpress.com/2010/09/15/george-downing-curtis-sporting-and-theatrical-man-of-ithaca/

lorijo
lorijo on December 4, 2013 at 4:23 pm

I have recently learned my late grandfather was part owner of this theatre until it was demolished.

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