Strand Theatre

215 South Harrison Street,
Shelbyville, IN 46176

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Strand Theatre, Shelbyville, IN

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Contruction on this theatre was begun in August, 1915. It opened for movies in March, 1916. William C. Meloy was the owner. Mr. Meloy passed away in 1938. His sons ran it until 1951 when they sold it to the Switow Brothers of Louisville, KY.

About 1973, the theatre changed hands again. By this time, the Switows had changed the name to Cinema. This time the DeWitt family became the owners. Around 1989, in response to ever increasing competition from the multiplexes of nearby Indianapolis, the Cinema had two more screens added, thus becoming Cinema 3. In May of 2004, competition from the multiplexes, including a new local ten- screen multiplex, the Dewitt family reluctantly closed the doors.

In August of that same year the theatre was purchased by Mainstreet Shelbyville to save the theatre. The name was changed back to Strand Theatre. Ownership was again transferred in November, 2006 to the Strand Theatre of Shelbyville Inc., a new non-profit organization with the sole mission of preserving and operating the Strand. Renovation began to provide a building for the performing arts. It re-opened in January 2008.

Contributed by Steven R. Frazee

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dfinkel
dfinkel on January 19, 2008 at 11:15 pm

The Strand re-opened on January 17, 2008. The completely re-modeled theatre hosted a production of “Nunsense” by the Shelby County Players. The Strand has 393 permanent seats with seating for another 84 under the balcony. On Saturday January 19, 2008 the Strand sold out for the first time since 1957.

dfinkel
dfinkel on June 10, 2008 at 10:39 pm

The Strand has hosted over 3000 audience members as a performing arts center since January 2008. The theatre will soon start a classic film series. The website for the theatre is:
www.strand-theatre-shelbyville.org

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 13, 2008 at 10:28 pm

This is an undated photo of the Strand.

dfinkel
dfinkel on April 2, 2009 at 1:48 am

The Strand finished its first season as a performing arts center in 2008. The theatre is owned and operated by the not-for-profit Strand Theatre of Shelbyville, Inc. The final 2008 totals were 59 performances with an audience attendance of over 7700. Many great articles and pictures can be found at the theatre’s web site www.strand-theatre-shelbyville.org The Strand is proud that it has been acquired, renovated and re-opened WITHOUT having to solicit funds from the community!

dfinkel
dfinkel on April 11, 2010 at 12:19 am

The Strand finished its second season as a performing arts center in 2009. The final 2009 totals were 148 performances with an audience attendance over 8000. The Strand is a 100% volunteer run venue. We have 377 seats and in 2009 once again started to show films on a limited basis. Please visit the Strand’s web site at www.strand-theatre-shelbyville.org

dfinkel
dfinkel on April 11, 2010 at 12:19 am

The Strand finished its second season as a performing arts center in 2009. The final 2009 totals were 148 performances with an audience attendance over 8000. The Strand is a 100% volunteer run venue. We have 377 seats and in 2009 once again started to show films on a limited basis. Please visit the Strand’s web site at www.strand-theatre-shelbyville.org

dfinkel
dfinkel on August 9, 2010 at 9:27 pm

The Strand Theatre, which re-opened as a performing arts center in January 2008, welcomed its 20,000th patron on August 5, 2010.

dfinkel
dfinkel on September 11, 2011 at 11:10 pm

The Strand Theatre welcomed its 30,000th patron in July 2011. The Strand has enjoyed 6 sold out performances in the 2011 season. Currently the theatre has 377 permanent seats with a maximum capacity of 450. Check us out at www.strand-theatre-shelbyville.org

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