Strand Theatre

501 South Salina Street,
Syracuse, NY 13202

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The Strand Theatre seems to be one of the forgotten theatres of Syracuse. An exterior photo in a 1930 trade journal shows it as Warner’s Strand Theatre. By 1941, it was part of the Schine Circuit. The 1957 Film Daily Year Book lists it as Loew’s Strand Theatre. More information is needed about the Strand’s history.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 10, 2008 at 1:38 pm

A 1930 view of Warner’s Strand, copied from a photo in New York State Exhibitor. The Strand’s manager won a showmanship prize for his decorations for “Kismet,” which starred the great Otis Skinner in a filmization of his most famous stage success: www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/systrand.jpg

muviebuf
muviebuf on February 11, 2008 at 8:21 pm

The Strand was last operated by Loew’s before its demise in 1958. I remember seeing both “Bridge On The River Kwai” (1957) and “Tom Thumb” (1958) there.

Another picture may be found here:
[url]http://www.rootsweb.com/%7Enyononda/PHOTOS/061905_StrandTheatre2.jpg[/url]

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 12, 2008 at 6:58 am

The color postcard shows Geraldine Farrar in “Carmen” on the attraction board. The diva’s movie version of that opera was released in 1915, which is probably the date of the photo unless Farrar was performing at the Strand prior to that in a “live” production. So I would guess that the Strand dates back to at least 1915, and may have been built well before that as a home for plays and vaudeville.

Roloff
Roloff on December 19, 2008 at 3:43 pm

A large, hi-res scan of the above postcard can be found in my flickr stream: View link
The card was stamped on December 26th, 1919, unfortunately no definite proof that DeMille’s CARMEN screened here in 1915, it may still have been a reprise like Warren suggests.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 28, 2009 at 5:51 pm

This is from the Syracuse Herald Journal in August 1954:

Joseph F. Owens of 518 Bradford Parkway, Syracuse industrialist, has purchased the Strand Theater property at 501 S. Salina Street for investment. The site has a frontage of 100 feet on Salina Street and more than 137 feet on Harrison Street. All details of the sale were handled through Egan Real Estate.

The property leased from the Thomas F. Anderson Estate for theater purposes by the Strand Theater Corp. was subleased to the Lance Theater Corp., New York City. Lease terms provide that the theater revert with the land to the owner upon the expiration of the lease.

The Strand Theater, recently modernized and redecorated, seats about 1,500. The immediate location was the site of the boyhood home of Andrew D. White, first president of Cornell University and distinguished diplomat.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 22, 2011 at 9:10 am

Like to 50’s photo at top of the page.

a567and8
a567and8 on June 28, 2014 at 12:31 am

I saw Maria Riva in a production of “Tea and Sympathy”—— I believe it was—– in the 1950s at the Loew’s Strand. I was a fairly large theater situated on the corner of Salina and Harrison Streets.

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